Southern Banana Pudding

When it comes to desserts this Southern Banana Pudding is a classic and easy recipe that is completely homemade, feeds a crowd and is super addicting!

Banana Pudding

Want to know what holds the key to my heart? This Banana Pudding! There is something about banana desserts that has always just drew me in and I’ve fallen in love with.

There are so many variations of banana pudding from ones that are made with boxed pudding mixes, etc. This recipe is made with homemade vanilla pudding that is layered with sliced bananas and vanilla wafers.

I have been making this recipe for SO MANY YEARS and has always been the only way that I have ever made it and the way that I continue to make it because you guys, it just is just that darn good.

Banana Pudding Recipe

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED?

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Egg yolks
  • Cornstarch
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Butter 
  • Bananas
  • Whipped topping
  • Vanilla wafers

I first published this recipe back in 2015 and it was in serious need of an update and any chance that I can make this homemade banana pudding you really don’t have to ask me twice.

My middle son has chose this as his most favorite dessert that I make, he is like me, a banana lover. Some people ask if this will have that true banana flavor because it’s not made with banana pudding itself.

The answer to that questions is 100x yes. The layers of the banana with the vanilla pudding really enhances the banana flavor itself and does not make this recipe overpowering at all and has just the right balance of flavors.

How to make banana pudding

HOW DO YOU MAKE BANANA PUDDING?

  • In sauce pan mix together your milk, sugar, cornstarch, salt, eggs and egg yolks.
  • Heat on medium whisking almost constantly until bubbly and thick.
  • Remove from heat and stir in your butter and vanilla until butter is melted.
  • Cover pan with Saran Wrap making sure that wrap is pressed onto pudding to prevent film from forming and then place in refrigerator and let cool to room temp.
  • Once cooled in a 9″x13″ baking dish layer 1/2 box vanilla wafers and then layer with 1 1/2 banana.
  • Spoon 1/2 of your pudding mixture over the top and then continue layers one more time. Finish your layers with remaining sliced bananas then top with whipped topping and crushed vanilla wafers.
  • Place in fridge at least 2-3 hours before serving.

This recipe is literally great. I always feel so good making it not because it’s homemade but because I’m addcited. I know that I said that already, but it’s the truth.

I could eat this banana pudding recipe all day every day if I had the chance to. Now that probably wouldn’t be good for me, but I’m sure you all know how that goes.

Homemade Banana Pudding

Some other homemade pudding desserts that we love around here include:

I will tell you a little secret, if you are in a pinch you CAN use boxed vanilla or French vanilla pudding for this recipe. It wouldn’t be homemade which I seriously recommend doing for this recipe.

But sometimes we all get a little busy and you crave this just like I do so if you are in a time crunch and want to do it that way I would make 2 boxes of the pudding according to the package directions.

Now this banana pudding is perfect all year round. It seems that bananas aren’t really one of those seasonal fruits like watermelon or berries so banana recipes are good all the time.

Southern Banana Pudding

We often bring this to gatherings such as Thanksgiving of Christmas because can you believe it or not I am not the biggest fan of holiday pie recipes, so I love having other options around and I have found out that other people love a variety of desserts just lime myself.

So if you are looking for that perfect homemade banana pudding recipe then this one is just what you need. It makes a huge batch which can easily be cut in half and everyone adores it!

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5 from 4 votes
Southern Banana Pudding
Prep Time
3 hrs 20 mins
 

When it comes to desserts this Southern Banana Pudding is a classic and easy recipe that is completely homemade, feeds a crowd and is super addicting!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 369 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large bananas sliced
  • 1 container whipped topping or homemade
  • 1 large box vanilla wafers reserve 1/2 cup crushed wafers for topping
Instructions
  1. In sauce pan mix together your milk, sugar, cornstarch, salt, egg and egg yolk.
  2. Heat on medium whisking almost continuously until bubbly and thick.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in your butter and vanilla until butter is melted.
  4. Cover with Saran Wrap pressing the wrap onto top of pudding to prevent film from forming and place in refrigerator and let cool to room temp.
  5. Once cooled in a 9"x13" baking dish layer 1/2 box of vanilla wafers and then layer with 1 1/2 of your bananas.
  6. Spoon 1/2 of your pudding mixture over the top then continue layers one more time. Finish your layers with sliced bananas then top with whipped topping and crushed vanilla wafers.
  7. Place in fridge at least 2-3 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Southern Banana Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 271mg 11%
Potassium 392mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 47g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 15.4%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Southern Banana Pudding

When it comes to desserts this Southern Banana Pudding is a classic and easy recipe that is completely homemade, feeds a crowd and is super addicting!

12 thoughts on “Southern Banana Pudding

  1. From scratch is best! I make this all the time for church but have to use the powdered stuff because making it for 100 is not easy. But if I could I would make from scratch all the time:)

  2. I’ve never made my own pudding! My kids would absolutely love this. So glad to hear everyone is feeling better and you were spared. It’s not good when mom goes down for the count. Not good at all. Thanks for linking up to #SaucySaturdays.

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