The BEST banana pudding filled with layers of pudding, whipped cream, bananas and vanilla wafers. An easy, no-bake dessert that’s perfect for a last minute party or get together.
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The Best Banana Pudding
This dish combines my love for no-bake desserts and anything banana flavored. It’s so easy to whip up and tastes super creamy and luscious. I am obsessed! For more no-bake banana desserts, check out my delicious banana cream pie and banana split dessert.
If you’ve ever been to Magnolia Bakery in NYC and had their banana pudding, you know how good it is. As soon as I tried it, I knew I wanted to find a version I could make at home. My family loved it so much and practically licked the pan clean! This banana pudding recipe is so easy to make and it feeds a lot of people. The combination of pudding, whipped cream, bananas and vanilla wafers makes a delicious dessert. If you love bananas, you must give it a try!
- Vanilla wafers. The dish starts with a layer of vanilla wafers. Line your baking dish with about 1/2 box of vanilla wafers, or until the bottom of the dish is covered.
- Bananas. Next comes the sliced bananas. Add them evenly on top of the wafer cookies.
- Pudding. The bananas are then topped with half of the creamy pudding layer. It’s a mixture of softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, instant vanilla pudding, milk and whipped cream. Once you add the pudding, you’ll repeat the 3 layers again.
- Whipped topping. The dessert is finished off with the remaining whipped cream and is topped with more vanilla wafers and banana slices.
You can make this banana pudding in a baking dish, trifle dish or individual cups. I love serving it in these mini trifle dishes below…aren’t they so cute?!
- Baking dish: Use a 9×13″ baking dish and add 2 layers of each.
- Large trifle dish: This is great to use for parties. Simply layer the ingredients until you’ve reached the top of the bowl.
- Mini trifles or individual cups: This is my favorite way to serve banana pudding! You can use mini trifle dishes or even small glass cups. It makes the perfect individual-sized dessert.
TIP: Add crushed vanilla wafer cookies and sliced bananas on top, just before serving to dress up this dessert. You could even caramelize the bananas for a richer flavor.
Make Ahead + Storing
This dish tastes best served within 1 day of making. The bananas will brown the longer that it sits, so I prefer to make it in the morning and serve later that evening. This gives the cookies enough time to soften in the refrigerator. Then top with the extra vanilla wafers and sliced bananas right before serving.
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Banana Pudding Recipe
- 8 ounce block cream cheese , softened
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 3.4 ounce box Instant Vanilla Pudding
- 1 cup whole milk
- 11 ounce box of Vanilla Wafers , or shortbread cookies
- 4-5 ripe bananas
- 3-4 cups homemade whipped cream , or thawed cool whip
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Next add in the sweetened condensed milk, dry pudding and milk. Mix well. Then refrigerate until it has firmed up, about 15 minutes.
- Mix half of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture. Mix until well combined.
- Place half of the vanilla wafers into the bottom of a 9×13" dish, trifle dish, or individual cups. Arrange sliced bananas over the wafers. Spread with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat. Then spoon the remaining whipped cream on top. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
- Before serving add crushed vanilla wafers and slices of bananas.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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I’ve never seen cream cheese used. I can’t wait to try, this could be a game changer for me ! THANK YOU
Hope you enjoy! :)
HowDo you keep the bananas from turning brown.?
Hi Cathy! I add the vanilla wafers and bananas right before serving. The bananas in the filling should be fine, but will definitely be best the day of.
Oh my goodness, my mom used to make something similar when I was little, and I’d forgotten all about it. Love it!
I love this recipe, and so do my girls! It’s super easy to make and delicious too!
There’s nothing better than homemade banana pudding. My kids absolutely loved this.
I’m so happy to hear your kids love it!
This recipe is a keeper!
Can’t get enough of this dessert!
YUM! This looks delicious!!!
This pudding looks incredible!
Oh my gosh this looks so yum!! Such a great recipe!! Think I will give it a try – thanx!