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Easy Dreamy Banana Pudding – This No Bake Banana Pudding is incredibly creamy and delicious. It’s every bit as good as the old-fashioned southern banana pudding your grandmother made.

a small white bowl filled with this easy banana pudding recipe topped with whipped cream and a vanilla wafer

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This dessert is truly a tradition among traditions at our house. It does not matter what holiday, gathering, potluck or summer fun day. I am asked to make my banana pudding! This recipe was created many many years ago and gets rave reviews amongst my family and friends.

Many of the desserts I make are really easy to put together and I think that is often a plus. Some people add all kinds of things in their pudding and those are certainly delicious, but this simple recipe is one has stood the test of time. Sometimes simple is truly better y’all, and this is one of those times!

A large glass serving bowl filled with this easy banana pudding recipe topped with whipped cream and a vanilla wafers

What you Need to Make a No Bake Banana Pudding

  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Whipped Topping (Cool Whip)
  • Bananas
  • Nilla Wafers or Chessman Cookies as an option
  • Milk
A large glass serving bowl filled with this easy banana pudding recipe topped with whipped cream and a vanilla wafers

How to Make Easy Southern Banana Pudding

Step 1.   Whip up two boxes of 5.1 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding with 6 cups of milk (I use whole milk – it’s creamier). In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer mix the pudding and milk for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 2. Add in 16 ounces of whipped topping -(I love getting BOGO at my local Publix grocery store) Mix this in until creamy and well blended. 

Step 3.  Use a trifle dish or a 9 X 13 baking dish. Layer the bottom with pudding, add cookies and bananas. Then repeat layers as your container permits, ending with a pudding layer on top. (I usually have 5 or 6 layers in my trifle dish)

Step 4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to overnight to set.

TIPS : (I like to make this early in the morning if used for an evening dessert, or I make it the day before if having for lunch. I find if it sits overnight it is delicious. However, I would dip bananas in lemon juice if you plan to allow them to show. Also, I don’t recommend garnishing the top with sliced bananas, as they will brown.

Step 5. Garnish as desired and serve.

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Banana Pudding

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Nikki Lee
Easy Dreamy Banana Pudding – This No Bake Banana Pudding is incredibly creamy and delicious. It’s every bit as good as the old fashioned southern banana pudding your grandmother made. 
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Ingredients 

  • 16 oz whipped topping, (like cool whip)
  • 2 – 5.1 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 6 cups milk
  • 3 to 4 large bananas, sliced
  • nilla wafers or chessman cookies

Instructions

  • Whip two boxes of 5.1 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding with 6 cups of milk in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.  Beat the pudding for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add in the whipped topping and  in mix until well combined, creamy and fluffy. 
  • Layer Pudding Mixture on bottom of Dish. Then place cookies and sliced bananas on top of pudding mixture. Repeating layers ending with a pudding layer on top. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to overnight until set and chilled.
  • Top with cookies or whipped cream. (This can be done before or after chilling – cookies will be softer if done before and chilled overnight)

Notes

Depending on what size of dish you are using will determine the amount of layers you will make and the amount of bananas and cookies you will use for each layer. 
Chill for 2 hours of until well set. I usually make this in the morning if serving in the evening or the night before if serving for lunch.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 338kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 51g (17%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 13g (20%) Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 10mg (3%) Sodium: 439mg (19%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 38g (42%)

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6 Comments

  1. I make this but I use one vanilla instant pudding and one banana cream instant pudding and it’s amazing gives it a slightly more banana flavor

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you! I am trying your recipe today and it already looks like it’ll be amazing! Thank you again!