This recipe for Banana Pudding is ultra easy, no baking required and it tastes SO GOOD! Everyone loves this one and it only takes a few minutes to make!
Prepare a sweet banana-flavored dessert with this Easy Banana Pudding recipe. It is a comforting dessert that tastes great with vanilla wafers and fresh bananas.
Why make this Banana Pudding you ask?
When you want to make a light, flavorful dessert that is not a cake or pie, this Easy Banana Pudding Recipe is perfect. It is a refreshing treat containing fresh pieces of banana, milk, vanilla, cream cheese, and other tasty ingredients. You can add a slight crunch to your pudding using vanilla wafer cookies that pair perfectly with the banana flavor. Once you prepare this dessert from scratch, you will never go back to buying pre-made pudding from the store! You will notice how easy it is to make the pudding, along with how good it tastes.
Which vanilla wafers should I use?
You can use a Nilla Wafer or any other type of vanilla wafer cookie when preparing your Easy Banana Pudding. Most grocery stores offer a generic version of these cookies that taste just as great as the name-brand option.
What if I don’t have sweetened condensed milk?
If you do not have canned sweetened condensed milk, you might have the ingredients needed to make it from scratch before using it to prepare your Banana Pudding Recipe. The ingredients needed to make sweetened condensed milk include whole milk, salted butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
Which brand of instant pudding mix do I use?
While the Jell-O brand is a popular choice for preparing banana pudding, you can use any brand of instant pudding that you have available. There is nothing wrong with using the generic version for this recipe!
Can I use a homemade whipped topping?
You have the option of using store-bought whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, or making whipped topping from scratch. If you would like to make it from scratch, you will need heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to prepare it.
How long do I need to keep it in the refrigerator?
After preparing the Easy Banana Pudding, let it sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of four hours. It does taste best when it has time to get cold in the fridge. If you have time to wait, you can give it eight or more hours before digging into the pudding. It does taste best when refrigerated overnight.
How to store the banana pudding
Put your pudding in a food storage container with a lid and put it in the fridge. You will need to keep it cold to get it to stay fresh. If you are making this pudding for guests, you can put a serving in plastic containers and cover them with a plastic lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap until you are ready to serve the pudding.
Can I freeze banana pudding?
You can freeze the Easy Banana Pudding after preparing it to keep it fresh for lengthy periods. You would need to transfer it over to a food storage container, cover the container with plastic wrap, and then place an airtight lid on top. You can preserve it in the freezer for up to three months, giving it time to thaw in the fridge before you eat it.
Do I add all the bananas at once?
You will not add all the bananas at once. While you will add some pieces of banana to the sides of your baking dish, you will add a single mashed banana into your pudding mix and garnish the pudding with additional pieces of banana. It is best to add the slices of banana to the top of the pudding when you are ready to serve it instead of doing so beforehand. If you add the slices too soon and do not serve right away, those pieces may start turning brown.
How long does it take to make the Easy Banana Pudding?
You can whip up this delicious dessert in about 15 minutes or less. While it does not take a long time to prepare your ingredients and combine them to create a delicious pudding, you do need to give the pudding time to sit in the fridge. If you would like to serve it as dessert after dinner, consider making it at least four or five hours before you plan on eating dinner with the family.
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Easy Banana Pudding
- 10 oz vanilla wafers
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 5 ripe bananas sliced, divided
- 8 oz softened cream cheese
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
- 2 cup cold milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 12 oz whipped topping, divided
- Line a 9x13" baking dish with vanilla wafers on bottom and sides.
- Put a slice of banana on each wafer (About 3 and 1/2 bananas). Set aside.
- Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add mashed banana, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk.
- Mix until combined. Add in milk and pudding mix. Beat at least 3 minutes to allow thickening.
- Fold in 4 oz of whipped topping.
- Carefully spread the mixture in the baking dish, over the wafers and bananas. Top with remaining whipped topping.
- Refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- Top with remaining banana slices before serving.