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Best Ever Banana Pudding


Easiest Banana Pudding by Hip2Save.com

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.

Best Ever Banana Pudding

Recipe from PaulaDeen.com


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

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

9x13x2 baking dish
electric hand mixer

Banana Pudding Ingredients Hip2Save.com

Directions: Start by placing cookies from one package at the bottom of pan. Place the sliced bananas on top of the cookies. 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. Fold in whipped topping with cream cheese mixture and then fold that in with the vanilla pudding. Pour mixture all over the bananas and smooth out until even. Place the second box of cookies on the top. Chill for a few hours until ready to serve. Serves about 12.
How to Make Delicious Banana Pudding Hip2Save.comTip: Before you start, open both packages of cookies and use any broken cookies on the bottom layer – save the pretty cookies for the top!
Best Ever Banana Pudding at Hip2Save.com
I love how this tastes after it has been in the fridge because the shortbread cookies soften – it’s almost like refrigerator cake. We recently made this for my daughter’s birthday because she LOVES bananas. It was such a big hit! Enjoy!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 77

  1. T

    We had this at Thanksgiving, and it was the favorite dessert of everyone there! So delicious!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I know it’s crazy good! Great idea for holidays 👍🏻

  2. Sharae

    I make this all the time in our house and it’s our favorite. It’s my go-to dessert when I have to bring something. I get so many compliments!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome- thanks for sharing 😀

  3. Dawn Hoke

    I agree, this is the best ever banana pudding!! I love love love it!! My recipe is called “Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding” lol!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes love that title too! It’s so good whatever you call it! 😀

    • Robin coffman

      It is Paula Deens Not Your Mommas Banana Pudding.

      • Ina

        Yes, this is Paula Deens recipe. She made it on her show. Paula”s Home Cooking and said she got the recipe from her friend Rachel, so the credits to this recipe belongs to them.

    • Susan

      Yes………from Paula Deen!! I’ve made it and it’s AWESOME!!

  4. Erin

    We call this recipe banana crack!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It’s true! Haha

  5. harlow

    Can i use blender instead of hand mixer?? Tysm

    • Heather

      I say use a fork or whisk and some old fashion muscle lol. Thats what I always use.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        That works! 😀

  6. Casey

    This is always the first thing gone when I make it!

  7. anna

    Oh my! This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- thanks Anna!

  8. Liz Ob

    Ooooo. This looks sooooo yummy!

  9. Oshea

    Love this. It’s Paula dean’s recipe.

  10. FLmomma

    I’ve been making Paula’s recipe for years. My family isn’t a fan of bananas, so I substitute the vanilla pudding for banana pudding and it’s just as amazing!

    • CheetahMama

      We use coconut extract for a coconut pudding. Add some toasted coconut and it’s a slammer! We use this base for all kids of creations! The sky is the limit! Banana coconut pudding is 5 stars! Try it!

  11. Christie

    Does anyone know if this is better if it sits overnight?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes it does get better- leftovers are awesome 😀

    • Sharae

      So much better when it sits overnight!

    • Bekah

      Yes! I make it the night before holidays so the cookies soften and bananas ripen a little. Yumm!

  12. Kimmy

    I’ll try this for my work potluck. Look simple and cheap to make within my budget and my time consider I have 2 little ones.

  13. Cheri

    Collin, you’re cute, you put Cheeseman instead of Chessman 😜

    • Cheri

      *chessmen, now I’m doing it 😄

    • rebecca

      i thought that was funny, too. but Collin doesn’t write these. her name’s Lina.

      • Michelle

        Do you have to make the banana pudding on the stove first like the box suggests or you just add the milk to it

      • Linda Gray

        Any substitute for the sweetened condensed milk! Seems like it would be too sweet.

  14. Bon

    This looks fantastic, thank you Lina! 🍨🍨

  15. Zuni

    wow thats looks soo yummy. i am definately making this. any idea where to get this white curvy style bowl ?
    i’ve been looking for these kind of bowls since a while now

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks!! Those are vintage milk glass bowls from a garage sale. 😀 Keep your eye out at thrift and antique stores for them.

  16. Whitney

    I read this as bandana pudding and was very confused. #nocoffeetoday #brainynoworky lol

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  17. Julia L.

    Yummmm… I want to try this with a fudge pudding. This looks and sounds so addicting, Lina! Love the pics. 🐞

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Julia! Enjoy

    • jlgclassof2000

      ooooh, choc & banana! my fav!

  18. Yoli

    This is the recipe I use and it’s delicious! First thing to go when I make it. I use Nilla cookies though, gna have to try with these chessman cookies 😋

  19. Marie

    Is it gluten free? …always wondered about boxed puddings whether they were gluten free or not.

  20. Sandra P

    This looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try. How do you keep the bananas from turning brown? I’d guess it happens quick and may make it look spoiled.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Good question! You can try adding lemon juice or pineapple juice to bananas – honestly though -it tastes so good and the pudding covers them no one cares! 😀ha – personal preference

  21. jlgclassof2000

    oh my goodness this sounds so refreshing…love the sounds of those cookies vs nilla wafers.

  22. Judi

    The best way to eat on a gluten free diet is to eat unprocessed food. Try to avoid foods in a can, unless they are for sure gluten free. Be careful with frozen foods as many of them contain preservatives and gluten hidden within the ingredients. Generally if its prepackaged I would avoid it.

  23. Dana

    How long would this be good for in the fridge?

  24. Shonna

    YUMMMMMMMMMM. Looks so good.

  25. Kim Cook

    I used french vanilla pudding instead of vanilla because that’s what I had. Delicious!

  26. Tina murray

    This recipe is absolutely delicious. I made it for a church potluck. Now I am asked to make it at least once a month.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That is such great news! Thanks for sharing Tina!

  27. Ya Ya Serenity

    Thus banana pudding is so good. I always cut the bananas on top instead of putting them in the pudding.

  28. Tammy

    This recipe is inmPaula Dean’s dessertmcookbook. The name of this recipe is Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for the feedback Tammy! We have the link to that recipe posted above 😉

  29. Rose Pozza

    I’ve made this many, many times. Huge hit!! I got my recipe from one of the Paul Deen cookbook I have. Pretty sure it’s the same.

  30. Carlene Kemp

    I love a dish of this topped with a big dollop of cool whip & drizzle some Carmel ice cream syrup over it. Yummy!!

    • Lina D

      Wow! Yum

  31. Fallon Thompson

    My liquid came out like soup? Is that normal?

    • CJT

      Make sure you use INSTANT pudding. No not use the kind you cook.

      • Sarah

        did your thicken up at all?

  32. Beatrice

    Help please…all I have is 2 small boxes of the instant pudding 3.4 ounces each…can I just follow recipe and use 2 small or do I have to adjust my whole milk? I don’t want it to not fit in the 13 x 9 pan. Thank you

  33. Cicely

    Always want 2 change my banana pudding UP… So wwith the cream cheese will i be able to taste?

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  35. Deborah Wommack

    I made this dessert yesterday for a church social. I’m so glad I made two. There was none left. I also made a small one for home, smart move. Didn’t get of the other two. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ll definitely make it again.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Deborah!

  36. Louis

    Can anything be done to the bananas to keep them from turning black so quickly?

  37. Trena

    I just made this yesterday an it’s delicious. But for my taste it was a little too sweet so next time I am gonna leave out the sweet condensed milk. Also I think it would be better if it was layered like the original banana pudding, instead of putting the cookies down then bananas down an pouring the mixture, you have the big middle that just has cream an I think it would be good with it layered. I will try it an post it ,I posted my other one after I made it like recipe called for.an again, it was delicious but just to sweet. but if someone else tries it like i suggested, before I do layered an maybe without the sweet condensed milk.
    share that post it an let me know how it turned out. Thanks!

  38. Genia Blevins

    I love it! 😍 I really mix it up. .. I layer pecans, strawberries, blueberries and the nanners! I also uses only half of the sweet milk in my mixture. I then drizzle some of the sweet milk on top…Delish!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yum – thanks for sharing!

  39. Kim

    Oh my….. I realized that I used the cook&serve pudding mix … after read all comments here. My cream mixture is just like sweet cream soup!

    • Sarah

      I did the SAME! I finished it and it’s in the fridge now…did you eat yours?

  40. Lesley

    I would love to make this but because I live in Australia I am not sure what sort of biscuits to substitute as we don’t have those you suggested in the recipe

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh you can use a different cookie such as vanilla wafers or shortbread cookies.

  41. ZaDaysha

    Would it still be good with out using any bananas? My boyfriend and ai dont care for them.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm, I think it may still be good without the bananas! As the cookies and cream topping look SO yummy!

  42. Priscilla

    Iv made this and forgot to put the bananas in and it was just as good. But if your looking for the banana flavor just use banana flavored pudding instead.

  43. Norma cridge

    This dessert is the best ever and so easy we love it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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