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Best Ever Banana Pudding Recipe

Best Ever Banana Pudding

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 6-8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 packages of Cheesman Cookies or Nilla Wafers 7.25 oz.
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. bar of cream cheese, softened
  • 5 oz. package of Vanilla Instant Jell-O Pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 12 oz. whipped topping, or equivalent in whipped cream

Directions

1

Start by placing cookies from one package at the bottom of pan. Place the sliced bananas on top of the cookies.

2

With a hand mixer, beat together the vanilla pudding mix and milk. In another bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.

3

Fold in whipped topping with cream cheese mixture and then fold that in with the vanilla pudding.

4

Pour mixture all over the bananas and smooth out until even.

5

Place the second box of cookies on the top. Chill for a few hours until ready to serve.

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dishing up a banana pudding dessert

Love bananas and want a delicious dessert to share with friends and family?

You’ve gotta try one of my very favorite potluck desserts EVER – this easy banana pudding! The best part is, it’s simple to make ahead of time and keep in the fridge before serving. Fresh bananas, pudding, and shortbread cookies come together in just a few minutes to form this delicious no-bake dessert guaranteed to please a crowd.

Banana Pudding Ingredients on a kitchen counter

Hip Tips: 


  • Open your Chessmen cookie packages before starting. Use any broken cookies on the bottom layer, and save the pretty cookies for the top! You can also use Nanilla Wafers instead of Chessmen if desired.

  • Not a Cool whip fan? Use Tru-Whip instead! It’s found in the frozen foods section at the grocery store and has no hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup.

  • Keep bananas from browning using Ball Fruit-Fresh. If brown bananas bother you, try using Fruit-Fresh to slow the process. You can also try using bananas that are barely ripe and still very firm.

  • Make walking banana pudding using snack-sized nilla wafer packages! It would be great for entertaining, or maybe even as a creative camping dessert.

sliced bananas for pudding

pouring the banana pudding into the pan


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Best Ever Banana Pudding

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Get ready to enjoy the BEST banana dessert ever! The cookies get soft and almost cake like, for an incredible no-bake dessert idea.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 packages of Cheesman Cookies or Nilla Wafers 7.25 oz.
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. bar of cream cheese, softened
  • 5 oz. package of Vanilla Instant Jell-O Pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 12 oz. whipped topping, or equivalent in whipped cream

Directions

1

Start by placing cookies from one package at the bottom of pan. Place the sliced bananas on top of the cookies.

2

With a hand mixer, beat together the vanilla pudding mix and milk. In another bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.

3

Fold in whipped topping with cream cheese mixture and then fold that in with the vanilla pudding.

4

Pour mixture all over the bananas and smooth out until even.

5

Place the second box of cookies on the top. Chill for a few hours until ready to serve.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from FoodNetwork.com (Paula Deen)

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best ever banana pudding recipe served up in a dishEveryone goes BANANAS for this dessert!

You’ll want to keep the recipe handy because folks will ask how you made this banana masterpiece! I love how this tastes after it has been in the fridge because the shortbread cookies soften – it’s almost like refrigerator cake.

We made this for my daughter’s birthday because she LOVES bananas. It was such a big hit! Enjoy!

pan of banana pudding next to a stack of bowls


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Comments 120

  1. Amanda

    So addicting!

  2. Mrs BK

    Sure makes a nice presentation. So pretty! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes!! So good 😊 Enjoy!

  3. Katie D.

    Love everything but the cool whip. Much better and so easy to make your own whip cream!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes can absolutely do that ❤️

  4. Laura

    We make this all the time, but I leave the bananas out and let people add them when it’s served. Definitely make the day ahead so the cookies soften a little bit, otherwise I think the crunch doesn’t go with the smooth pudding. We tried this once with chocolate pudding, and I don’t recommend it—the flavor of the cookies didn’t blend well with the chocolate.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for your tips Laura!

  5. Jes

    The chessman would never last long enough to finish preparation! They are a favorite around our house!

  6. Michelle

    I wonder if you could do a chocolate version using Oreos and white chocolate pudding or vanilla pudding and no bananas? I may have to experiment. 😉

    • Juma

      My grandma would make one like that with chocolate pudding and vanilla wafers she called it cracker pudding. It was good

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya and maybe use strawberries? Sounds 😋 yum!

  7. Brandon, FL

    Anyone ever try this adding peanut butter morsels to it? I love peanut butter and bananas!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      No but that sounds tasty!

    • Lisa

      Love those two flavors together too. Great idea. Obviously you can try some on the top of a single serving and see. I was wondering if it might be too sweet and the morsels to me are not very peanut butter-true?? Wondering if you could heat peanut butter in the microwave and drizzle it on top. Or heat peanut butter with chocolate morsels and drizzle it on top! Or Nutella and peanut butter! Hmmmm…so many options.

      • Lisa

        Should have said peanut buttery

  8. Lisha

    I am going to try this easy version. I was taught by my mother and her nana pudding is more homemade (not to say it’s better, but it’s A+++++😃). My mother makes her own (instead of instant) pudding using stovetop. She serves hers warm. My niece makes banana pudding regularly. This past Thanksgiving she showed up @ my house with her first one with Chessman cookies and it was delicious. Now I know where she got the recipe😃. I am by no means Betty Crocker or any other Baker, so I can see myself trying this out. Thanks so much!

    • Sharon

      My mom always used the pudding you cook on the stove. If that’s what you’re used to, it makes a big difference in the taste.

    • Jennifer

      my mom also does the homemade pudding on the stove top…and served warm is the best!! those are never replaceable, but this one sounds pretty good….

  9. Juma

    I like to mix banana cream and French vanilla to banana pudding it’s a good blend. It’s also great without bananas too

  10. Marg

    it have made this except I do not use cream cheese in the recipe. I also use heavy cream and make the whipped cream myself.

  11. Maria

    Oh my goodness, this recipe is delicious. Paula Deen made this on her food network show, probably 10+ years ago. It’s very rich.

    • Kiki

      Yes, called Not Yo Mama’s banana pudding! Yum!

  12. Lisa

    Adult version – add 1/4 cup of rum and use less milk by a 1/4 cup. My personal opinion, it’s the bomb!! Love the banana and rum flavor. And I too have have used a mixture of vanilla pudding/banana pudding with nilla wafers cookies.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum – thanks for sharing Lisa!

  13. kristi

    My kids beg for this pudding. So good!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ha yes! Thanks for sharing Kristi!

  14. Jessica

    Can you let us know where we can find those beautiful dessert bowls so we can serve this beautiful banana pudding in them too?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ah well mine are vintage milk glass, and I received them as a special gift. I’d try antique/vintage stores- maybe estate sales or thrift stores. Thanks so much ❤️

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