The Ultimate Banana Pudding

The Ultimate Banana Pudding – Layers of vanilla wafers, bananas, and the most decadent vanilla pudding. This stuff is SO good. It reminded me a lot of Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding. I could have eaten the whole pan! Vanilla wafers, bananas, instant vanilla pudding, milk, sour cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and cool whip. Make a day in advance for best results. Great for dinner parties, cook outs, and potlucks!

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The BEST Banana Pudding Recipe

Banana pudding is one of our favorite desserts and this recipe is The ULTIMATE Banana Pudding. This is hands-down the best I’ve ever eaten. The recipe came from a Plain Chicken reader. I am SO glad that she shared it with me. Layers of vanilla wafers, bananas, and the most decadent vanilla pudding. This stuff is SO good. It reminded me a lot of Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding. I could have eaten the whole pan!!

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How to Make The ULTIMATE Banana Pudding

This dessert is extremely easy to make. Spread some vanilla wafers in the bottom of a deep 9×13-inch baking dish. Top the wafers with sliced bananas. Whisk together vanilla pudding mix and milk. Add sweetened condensed milk, milk, sour cream, vanilla, and cool whip. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the vanilla wafers. Add another layer of vanilla wafers. Top the wafers with more bananas and the remaining pudding mixture. Sprinkle the top of the dish with some crushed vanilla wafers. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

  • The pudding will be runny when you assemble the dessert. It will firm up as it refrigerates.
  • Can Banana Pudding be made in advance? Yes! I prefer to make this dessert the day before serving. It is better on the second day.
  • Use any many or as few bananas as you prefer.
  • If you don’t like bananas you can leave them out. The pudding and cookies are to-die-for!
  • I used a Family Size box of Nilla Wafers so I had some extra cookies to crush on top of the dessert.
  • Store the pudding covered in the refrigerator. It will keep up to 4 days.
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Easy No-Bake Dessert for a Crowd

This makes a lot of banana pudding. I love to make this for dinner parties, cook outs, and potlucks. It always gets rave reviews. I like to garnish the individual servings with some extra cool whip, bananas, and vanilla wafers. Give this a try the next time you need a dessert for a crowd. I promise that you will be the star of the potluck if you show up with this dessert!

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The ULTIMATE Banana Pudding

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
The Ultimate Banana Pudding – Layers of vanilla wafers, bananas, and the most decadent vanilla pudding. This stuff is SO good. It reminded me a lot of Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding. I could have eaten the whole pan! Vanilla wafers, bananas, instant vanilla pudding, milk, sour cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and cool whip. Make a day in advance for best results. Great for dinner parties, cook outs, and potlucks! #dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-oz) box vanilla wafers (reserve a few to crush on the top)
  • 1 (5.1-oz) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (12-oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 6 bananas, sliced

Instructions:

  • Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together pudding mix and milk. Add sour cream, condensed milk, vanilla, and Cool Whip. Gently whisk until combined.
  • Layer in the baking dish: ½ of the vanilla wafers, ½ of the bananas, and ½ of the pudding mixture. Repeat the layers.
  • Crush the reserved vanilla wafers and sprinkle on top.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes:

  • The pudding will be runny when you assemble the dessert. It will firm up as it refrigerates.
  • Can Banana Pudding be made in advance? Yes! I prefer to make this dessert the day before serving. It is better on the second day.
  • Use any many or as few bananas as you prefer.
  • If you don’t like bananas you can leave them out. The pudding and cookies are to-die-for!
  • I used a Family Size box of Nilla Wafers so I had plenty of extra cookies to crush on top of the dessert. You can use a regular 11-oz size box if you can’t find the larger box.
  • Store the pudding covered in the refrigerator. It will keep up to 4 days.
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Steph

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Comments

  1. This is always good and I always have to make Banana Pudding for every special occasion, no exceptions, no excuses. I had to laugh when the recipes notes stated that this will last covered up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Not around my house. There’s too many ‘Naner Puddin’ hogs that reside in my house! LOL!
    Y’all have a great Easter, you hear.
    Claudine in Fort Worth, TX

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