This easy-to-make delicious banana pudding is another classic Southern recipe and an old-time favorite. Well, who wouldn’t want luscious layers of sweet vanilla flavored pudding with cookies and fresh slices of banana topped with whipped cream? I bet many of you are drooling right now with the mere thought. 🙂
But seriously, banana pudding is very delicious and it makes a perfect dessert be it after lunch or dinner. It could serve as an excellent snack, too.
Many people associate this dessert with Southern American cuisine, but nowadays, it is quite popular around the country and the whole world actually. Now if you are familiar with English Trifle, you can see the resemblance as they are both assembled in layers and they involve custard or pudding, fruits, and whipped cream.
With this recipe, you can make use of homemade vanilla pudding. You are also free to utilize an instant vanilla pudding mix. If you have the time though, you can whip your very own vanilla pudding using vanilla beans or pure vanilla extract. Either way, it’s going to be good.
Another thing that you should know about this delicious banana pudding recipe is that it can be made in a baking dish or a huge bowl. But you can create mini versions too in mason jars or smaller bowls.
This recipe doesn’t require you to turn your oven on. Yes, it’s a no-bake dessert. And believe me when I say it’s the best banana pudding you will ever find!
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (5 oz.)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 can condensed milk (14 oz., sweet)
2 c. cold milk
12 oz. frozen whipped topping (thawed)
1 package vanilla wafers (16 oz.)
14 medium bananas (sliced)
- Combine vanilla pudding mix and milk in a large bowl. Beat for 2 minutes.
- Add condensed milk and mix until smooth.
- Add vanilla and fold in whipped topping.
- Layer wafers, bananas, and pudding mixture in a glass serving bowl.
- Chill before serving.
- If you don’t have wafers, you can utilize ladyfingers.
- You can make as many layers as you want.
You can make banana pudding in advance, especially if you are preparing a huge batch for a party or gathering. But it is highly recommended that you do not make it longer than 2 days ahead of time. Otherwise, the bananas would start losing their moisture, and that could greatly affect the outcome. It would be better to make it the day before the occasion.
What About Leftover?
Since this dessert recipe involves wafers or cookies, I strongly suggest that you finish it on the same day. But if you have leftover, you can store it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. It should last for up to 3 to 4 days. But remember that this would make the wafers soggy. So if you don’t want that, try to finish the dessert as soon as you can.
Other variations require baking, but this no-bake recipe is definitely the best. It’s a lot easier to make and the result is excellent!