a simple recipe for homemade banana pudding. Between layers of vanilla wafers and fresh bananas is a rich and creamy banana pudding. The pudding is a crowd favorite at parties and potlucks because it doesn’t require baking.
You will adore our banana pudding if you enjoy quick, no-bake sweets like our No-Bake Cheesecake or Chocolate Lasagna.
Recipe for Banana Pudding
It’s safe to say that banana pudding is the first dessert that springs to mind when you think of something sweet with bananas. Why you’ll adore this recipe is given below.
- No-bake – this dessert just has some assembly required but no cooking, which is so convenient
- Easy to make and a novice chef may quickly whip it up
- Beautiful – so appealing aesthetically at a potluck or party
- Loved by all – great for adults or kids
the components of banana pudding
Just a few ingredients are needed for the banana pudding and you can have the dessert ready to serve in no time!
- Milk: We used whole milk, but you can use any milk you have on hand.
Ensure that the vanilla pudding you use IS INSTANT and doesn’t need to be cooked. Although banana pudding might also work well, we used vanilla.
- Natural vanilla extract The pudding tastes the finest when vanilla is added.
- Enhances the smoothness and sweetens the pudding with sweetened condensed milk.
- Vanilla wafers – we recommend Nilla wafers, but you can substitute your own brand. Alternatives are listed below.
- Heavy whipping cream: The whipped cream gives the pudding more richness.
- The pudding’s top layer is made sweeter by the addition of powdered sugar. You may completely omit it.
- Bananas – The pudding’s amazing flavor is derived from the use of fresh banana slices.
How to make Banana Pudding
When you need to offer something but don’t want to turn on the oven, this no-bake dessert is the ideal treat.
Beat the cold milk, vanilla, and pudding until thick in a big basin. Milk condensed is beaten in.
Beat the heavy whipping cream until it has firm, fluffy peaks in a separate bowl. 2/3 of the whipped cream should be gently folded into the pudding using a spatula.
The leftover whipped cream should be combined with the powdered sugar, then chilled until required.
Place 1/4 of the vanilla wafers and 1/4 of the bananas in the bottom of your trifle basin. Over the bananas/wafers, spread 1/4 of the pudding. Continue with the additional layers.
Then, garnish the pudding as you like by spreading the remaining whipped cream over the middle. After two hours, serve covered and chilled.
Banana pudding can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance, however, it should be consumed within two days of preparation for best results. If cooking the pudding more than two hours ahead of time, make sure the bananas are completely submerged because if not, they will brown. When serving, simply scatter some fresh banana slices on top.
The easiest way to serve this is with a large serving spoon and just scoop out portions. You don’t have to serve the pudding in a trifle bowl. Here are some other great ideas to serve the vanilla pudding:
- In jars or mini cups – just pipe with a bag for a cleaner look!
- Casserole – Add to a baking dish, round, square, or will all work.
This pudding can be prepared in countless inventive ways and is incredibly adaptable.
Try chocolate, banana, or butterscotch pudding as an alternative.
Berries can be added to the bananas or used in place of them.
More layers – Double the amount of whipped cream and spread it over the banana pudding in addition to the existing layer.
Put some caramel on top of the layers.
Intersperse the layers with peanut butter.
Can I substitute the vanilla wafers?
Graham crackers, butter cookies, or even animal crackers.
How do keep bananas from browning?
Bananas will brown quickly as they are exposed to air so keep them completely covered with the pudding. Add the bananas on top right before serving, or don’t add them on top at all.
Can I use a cool whip instead of whipping cream?
Cool whip is a great substitute for whipped cream, but it will taste a little sweeter than whipped cream.
Where did Banana Pudding originate?
Banana Pudding is a popular Southern dish in America. It was originally made with homemade custard but the no-cook version has become popular with modern-day home cooks.
More No-Bake Desserts
No bakes are by far the best kind of dessert. Here are some more of our favorite desserts to try:
Recipe for Simple Banana Pudding
The simplest recipe for fresh bananas, wafers, and pudding layers in a no-bake banana pudding. This elegantly presented no-bake dessert is quite simple to create.
- With a spatula, combine the remaining one-third of whipped cream with the powdered sugar. Keep chilled until required.
- Top the pudding with the remaining whipped cream and garnish as desired.
- Beat the heavy whipping cream until firm peaks form in another bowl. With a spatula, carefully fold roughly two-thirds of the whipped cream into the pudding.
- Place 1/4 of the vanilla wafers and 1/4 of the bananas in the bottom of your trifle basin.
Over the bananas/wafers, spread 1/4 of the pudding. Up till there are four layers, repeat with the remaining ones.
- Beat the cold milk, and vanilla pudding, and extract until thickened in a big bowl. Condensed milk should be added, then beaten together.
Top the pudding with the remaining whipped cream and garnish as desired.