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Banana Pudding

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Homemade banana pudding is such an amazing desert to eat during the summer or any time of the year. It is cold, refreshing, and so flavorful.

Banana pudding is super popular here in the States especially in the South. There are a variety of recipes out there and this one is fairly common, with absolutely no baking or cooking required. So if you want a sweet treat and don’t want to turn on that oven or stovetop, this is perfect.

It is so simple and easy to make using just a handful of easy to find and cheap ingredients. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several ingredients on a table including bananas, whipped topping, vanilla pudding mix, milk, etc.

In order to make this delicious homemade banana pudding you need the following ingredients:

  • Cream cheese – Softened/room temp
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix – Or you can certainly make a homemade vanilla pudding from scratch.
  • Milk – I generally use whole milk, but 2% and 1% will work as well.
  • Bananas – Use ripe but not overly ripe bananas
  • Vanilla wafers
  • Whipped topping – Or you can make homemade whipped cream from heavy whipping cream.


  • Bowls
  • Mixer
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Knife

Step 2: How to make banana pudding at home

Sweetened condensed milk being poured into a large glass bowl of cream cheese.

Begin by making the banana pudding base. Or if you are making vanilla pudding from scratch start by making that.

Add the softened cream cheese to a large bowl. If you forget to set the cream cheese out at room temp to soften, you can soften it in the microwave or a few seconds. Mix the cream cheese until smooth.

Then add the can of sweetened condensed milk to the cream cheese along with the vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

Milk and vanilla pudding mix added to large bowl

Now add in the package of vanilla pudding mix and 1 cup of the three cups of milk. Mix on low until combined. If it is splashing up too much, remove the beaters and put the mixer away, and finish with a whisk or spatula.

Continue mixing in the milk a third at a time until all combined.

Finished banana pudding base in a large glass bowl.

Now fold in about half of the softened whipped topping. Just leave the whipped topping out with the cream cheese to soften it up. Mix until well combined. All right the banana pudding base is complete. Set it aside for now.

Step 3: How to assemble banana pudding

Sliced bananas and vanilla wafers in a large glass bowl.

Slice up two bananas to start, you can always cut more as needed.

There isn’t only one way to assemble your banana pudding. You can do it however you like. There are a variety of containers you can use like a large glass container, deep porcelain dish, 13×9 inch glass pan, or a bunch of small single-serving bowls.

Now add a layer of vanilla wafers on the bottom of the bowl, dish, etc. Then place a layer of sliced bananas on top of the wafers. Use clean hands if you are going to be handling the banana slices, or use tongs, or a spoon.

Banana pudding base poured over vanilla wafers and banana slices in a large glass bowl

Follow that up with a generous layer of the banana pudding base. Then repeated the steps and layer again with the vanilla wafers, banana slices, and base until you are about 1 inch from the top.

Step 5: Finish the homemade pudding dessert

Large glass bowl of banana pudding on top of a wooden table.

Once at the top add the remaining softened whipped topping or whip cream to the top and spread it out. Then add more vanilla wafers. You may also crush up the wafers and sprinkle them on the top as well.

Cover the banana pudding with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Leave it in there until you want to serve it. Enjoy!

How long does homemade banana pudding last?

If stored in the fridge covered with plastic wrap or a lid, it will last 3 to 4 days.

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Here are some other recipes you may like:

Lemon Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Muffins

Bread Pudding

Homemade Pudding Pops

Easy Rice Pudding

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Banana Pudding

This homemade banana pudding is so easy to make using a handful of ingredients. And no cooking or baking required. It is a perfect cold treat for a hot summer day, or anytime really. It is very popular in the South as well as nationwide here in the States.
Prep Time20 minutes
Chilling Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bananas, easy, no bake, smooth, sweet
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowls
  • Mixer
  • Whisk
  • spoon
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Plastic wrap


  • 8 oz softened room temp cream cheese 226g
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk 396g
  • 1 to 2 tsp. of vanilla extract 5 to 10ml
  • 5 oz box of instant vanilla pudding mix 144g
  • 3 cups cold milk whole, 2%, 1%, etc. (750ml)
  • 8 oz container of whipped topping 226g
  • 2 to 3 large bananas or 4 small bananas it doesn’t matter you can use as many as you want
  • 1 box of vanilla wafers 11oz or 311g


  • Add the softened cream cheese to a large bowl and mix it until smooth. Then add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Now add in the instant vanilla pudding mix as well as one cup of the milk.
    If it splashing up too much with the mixer, switch to a hand whisk or spatula to continue mixing. Add the rest of the milk and mix until everything is combined.
    Fold in half of the softened whipped topping, to finish off the banana pudding base.
  • Cut up 2 large bananas or 3 medium bananas into slices. You can always cut up more if you run out.
  • Take a large glass bowl, 13×9 inch dish, or several small bowls if you want to do individual servings. Layer a handful of vanilla wafers on the bottom, then layer sliced bananas on top of the wafers. Next pour in a generous amount of pudding base. Then repeat the layers of wafers and bananas and pudding base.
  • Once you are about 1 inch from the top of the glass, spread on the remaining whipped topping, then place vanilla wafers around the edges. You may also crumble some up and sprinkle them over the whipped topping.
  • Next, cover the pudding with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge until you want to serve it. It will need at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. Now remove the plastic and serve. Enjoy!


How to Make Banana Pudding | Easy Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe


Keep covered and stored in the fridge. It will last 3 to 4 days.
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Calories: 328kcal

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  1. Bonnie Griffith

    5 stars
    I prefer a printable bersion of the recope. I love the amt. i am alone abd some are huge

  2. 5 stars
    This banana pudding is one of our favorite desserts! Super creamy and delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! My daughter loves this dessert. I can’t wait to make this for her! She’ll be so excited!

  4. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this with my family. I know they’d go crazy!

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