One evening we had a bunch of bananas and weren’t sure what to do with them when Justin said he really wanted some good banana pudding. Well, I had never made it before so had no idea where to even start, besides bananas and pudding.
So I took to the internet and started looking up recipes, and as we usually do, we mixed a few of them together and came up with our own recipe. It’s so tasty and so refreshing. It also is great to bring for a dessert when you need to bring a dish to share somewhere. Or of course, keep it for yourself like we tend to do!
The banana pudding will stay good for a few days in the refrigerator, but after that, the nilla wafers start to get a little soggy. Justin doesn’t mind that, but I have a ‘texture thing’ and can’t eat soggy chips or crackers, yuck!
Edited to add: When your silly child decides he wants a Banana Party for his birthday, this is a great dessert to make as well as a delicious banana cake. This pudding was the first thing gone because everyone was going back for seconds and even thirds!
Step by Step
To get the unique flavor, this pudding recipe uses a large package of instant banana pudding and a small package of instant french vanilla pudding. By combining the two, you get the banana flavor you are looking for, plus a hint of rich vanilla flavor. Pour both of the mixes in a large bowl with the required amount of milk, which should be 5 cups total.
Use a whisk to combine the milk and pudding, beating until it starts to thicken. While you are preparing the rest of the recipe, it helps to give the pudding a quick stir every so often so it doesn’t get too thick.
Meanwhile, arrange half of the nilla wafers in the bottom and up the sides of the serving bowl. You want to have a good base layer of the cookies. And trust me, get the brand name, they taste so much better! Then top the cookies with a layer of sliced bananas.
Pour half of the pudding on top of the wafers and bananas. Carefully spread it around so it is flat on the top without moving the bottom layers as much as possible.
Repeat the layers of cookies, bananas, and pudding, making sure to save a few bananas and cookies for your topping.
Cover the top layer of pudding with whipped topping. You can leave it just like this, or get fancy by adding some bananas and crushed nilla wafers to the top of the pudding. It depends on if you are going for presentation or just flavor! Let the pudding set in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving so the pudding has time to stiffen.
- 5 cups milk
- 1 5.1 oz pkg instant banana pudding
- 1 3.4 oz pkg instant french vanilla pudding
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 box nilla wafers
- 3 bananas (sliced)
- 8 oz whipped topping
- Pour milk into large bowl and add dry pudding mixes and vanilla extract
- Beat with whisk 2 minutes or until well blended and begins to thicken
- Meanwhile, arrange half of wafers on bottom and up sides of 2 quart serving bowl
- Top with layer of half of bananas
- Add half of pudding
- Repeat layers of wafers, and bananas
- Add the rest of the pudding
- Cover with whipped topping and a few crushed nilla wafers for garnish
- Refrigerate 3 hours and serve cool
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