Classic Banana Pudding Recipe

Banana pudding
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Refrigerate: 4 hrs 15 mins
Total: 4 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings

Some things are best left unchanged, and banana pudding is one of them. This classic banana pudding is fast, easy and will remind you of the good old days. Fresh bananas are layered with vanilla wafer cookies and a rich vanilla pudding for a no-bake that will please all.


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 (4-serving-size) package instant French vanilla and pie filling mix
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
  • 40 vanilla wafers cookies (about)
  • 3 to 4 medium bananas, sliced and dipped in lemon juice from concentrate
  • Garnish: 4 vanilla wafers (crushed to crumbs)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk and water in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add pudding mix and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.

  3. Refrigerate pudding mixture for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks.

  5. Fold whipped cream into chilled pudding mixture until combined.

  6. Select a large (3-quart) decorative glass bowl.

  7. Spread 1/2 cup of pudding around the bottom of the bowl and top with one-third of the vanilla wafers, followed by one-third of the bananas and one-third of the remaining pudding.

  8. Continue layers, finishing with pudding on top.

  9. Sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafer crumbs.

  10. Chill at least 4 hours before serving.

  11. Refrigerate leftovers.