The Best Banana Pudding!

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This banana pudding is whipped to perfection! Folded with homemade whipped cream and layered with bananas. Layer in cookies for an extra crunch. You can’t go wrong with this recipe!

Banana pudding in a glass with a gold spoon with a striped yellow towel.

You would think banana pudding is actually banana flavored pudding. However, it’s a vanilla pudding layered with bananas and sometimes wafers cookies, although those are optional.

Banana pudding with whipped cream and a banana slice on the top.

This recipe is great for birthday parties, baby showers, and bridal showers. It makes a lot of pudding! It’s also a great spring and summer dessert recipe.

Three glasses of banana pudding with whipped cream and sliced bananas on a gold tray.

You can either make a large batch in a 9×13 dish or create individual servings in pretty glasses as we did!

Banana pudding with whipped cream and sliced banana.

Banana pudding is commonly associated as a southern dessert. Different versions of the recipe have been published in books and magazines since the late 1800s! Of course, we’ve modernized the recipe and it’s beyond flavorful and pretty easy to make. No cooking required!

How to Make Banana Pudding

This recipe couldn’t be creamier and flavorful. With cream cheese, heavy cream and condensed milk, I think it’s one of the most flavorful puddings without being overwhelming.

Ingredients to make pudding.

Ingredients

Directions

Bowl of homemade whipped cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream

First, make the homemade whipped cream that you will later fold into the mixture It’s very simple to make! With the whisk attachment, whip 1 cup heavy cream until it thickens.

Cream cheese on a plate softened.

Softening the Cream Cheese

Next, you need to make sure the cream cheese is completely softened. You can actually remove the foil, place the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 15-20 seconds.

The other option is to take it out a few hours before you make the recipe and let it come to room temperature. If it’s cold you will have little chunks of cream cheese. We want a very creamy, smooth texture.

Once the cream cheese is fully softened, use an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until light in texture with no lumps.

sweetened condensed milk being poured into an electric mixer.

Whipping all of the Ingredients Together

Beat in the condensed milk, pudding mix, cold milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

Beat until completely smooth. Note, it will not be a thick consistency yet. It will be more watery and as it sits it becomes thicker. So don’t be alarmed! It takes time to set.

Whipped cream folded into banana pudding.

Folding the Whipped Cream into the Pudding

Next, fold in the whipped cream you made previously. Do this by adding it to the pudding mix and then using a spatula to gently fold the mixture until it’s all incorporated.

Save the extra whipped cream for the top!

Slicing bananas on a cutting board.

Slice 4 peeled bananas and add a few pieces to the bottom of the dish you’re serving it in.

Quick Tips: You can actually serve this in anything you want! Make a large batch and layer it in a 9×13 pan or make individual cups as we did!

Scooping banana pudding into a small glass.

Layering with Bananas

Add the pudding over the top, covering the bananas. This is where you would also layer in wafers cookies if you prefer!

Bananas layered over banana pudding.

Continue the layering pattern until you reach the top of your dish.

Layers of pudding with bananas.

Add whipped cream, sliced bananas, and crushed cookies to the top.

Banana pudding with a yellow striped towel and gold spoon.

Then, get ready to have the BEST banana pudding ever! It’s the perfect pudding for parties and entertaining! Serve it with a yummy cocktail for dessert!

How long will banana pudding keep?

It will last 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.

Does banana pudding need to be refrigerated?

Yes, refrigerate the pudding once it’s made. You can actually refrigerate it for up to 3 days covered. Then, assemble right before you serve the pudding.

This way the bananas won’t turn brown. If you’re serving the same day, assemble and refrigerate until serving. The bananas covered in the pudding will not brown too much the same day.

Why is my banana pudding watery?

After you add all of the ingredients and whip the pudding, it will NOT be a thick consistency. It needs to set and within just 30 minutes you will have a thicker consistency.

Banana pudding with bananas and whipped cream.

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Let us know if you make these delicious, whipped banana pudding by leaving a review and comment below!

Banana Pudding

A creamy and delicious, whipped banana pudding that's perfect for parties!
4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, completely softened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk, 2% works great
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, dived 1 cup and 1/2 cup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas

Instructions

  • First, make the homemade whipped cream that you will later fold into the pudding. It’s very simple to make! With the whisk attachment, whip 1 cup heavy cream until it thickens. 
  • Next, you need to make sure the cream cheese is completely softened. You can actually remove the foil, place the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 15-20 seconds.
  • Once the cream cheese is fully softened, use an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until light in texture with no lumps.
  • Beat in the condensed milk, pudding mix, cold milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. 
  • Beat until completely smooth. Note, it will not be a thick pudding consistency yet. It will be more watery and as it sits it becomes thicker. So don’t be alarmed! It takes time to set.
  • Next, fold in the whipped cream you made previously. Do this by adding it to the pudding mix and then using a spatula to gently fold the mixture until it’s all incorporated. 
  • Save the extra whipped cream for the topping of the pudding! 
  • Slice 4 peeled bananas and add a few pieces to the bottom of the dish you’re serving it in. 
  • Add the pudding over the top, covering the bananas. This is where you would also layer in wafers cookies if you prefer! 

Notes

You can actually serve this in anything you want! Make a large batch and layer it in a 9×13 pan or make individual cups as we did!

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 1014IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 1mg
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9 thoughts on “The Best Banana Pudding!”

  1. 5 stars
    Mmm… terrific! I’m so tempted to try this banana pudding! I think it’s a great spring and summer dessert recipe. I’m sure it tastes like heaven. I’ve just printed the recipe out. Your directions and pictures make it look so easy. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thank u A LOT for inspiring me. Looking forward to your new ideas. Keep up the good work!

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  2. I’ve never even thought of making homemade Nilla Wafers but love the idea, much better than store bought. Love that these are single serving too, much easier to eat than to make slices 🙂 Yum!

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