Banana Pudding


My favorite comfort food in the world is pudding – tapioca pudding, rice pudding, chocolate pudding, bread pudding and, of course, banana pudding. I tried Magnolia Bakery’s banana pudding for the first time last year and I was immediately hooked. BUT, it is also super expensive for a little container so I became determined to find a way to make it simply and inexpensively, but just as tasty, at home.

A few months, and a lot of procrastination, later I think I have mastered it! It is super easy, taking me only a few minutes of actual ‘work’ time and made enough to share with my team at the office.

Banana Pudding (serves 10) 

  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cups cold water
  • 1 package Jell-O instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 large box Nabisco Nilla Wafers
  • 7 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  1. Combine pudding mix, evaporated milk, and cold water in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until it begins to thicken and then refrigerate until thick and ‘puddingy’ <– official term, about 1 hr
  2. Whisk heavy cream with an electric mixer, or by hand, until it forms soft peaks, fold in vanilla.
  3. Gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the pudding. Fold in the remaining whipped cream until mostly combined, some streaks remaining is desirable.
  4. In a serving dish spoon a layer of the pudding into the bottom and spread evenly. Top with a layer of Nilla wafers followed by a layer of banana slices. Continue to layer pudding, Nilla wafers, and banana slices until all ingredients are used up!
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hrs (this step is super important because the Nilla wafers need time to soften!).
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s