Homestyle Banana Pudding

banana pudding
Diana Rattray
Ratings (20)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
390 Calories
15g Fat
56g Carbs
10g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a simple Southern dessert recipe that looks quite elegant. Arrange this delicious banana pudding in a glass serving bowl or individual dessert glasses, and garnish with banana slices, a sprig of mint, or wafer cookies. 


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk, low fat or whole
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 box vanilla wafer cookies
  • 3 to 4 bananas, ripe but firm
  • 2 cups sweetened whipped cream (or whipped topping)
  • Garnish: 1 banana, sliced

Steps to Make It

  1. In a bowl, combine the sugar, salt, and flour; stir to blend. Slowly stir in milk until smooth. Pour into the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Cook, whisking frequently until the mixture begins to thicken.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks; gradually whisk in about 1 cup of the slightly thickened hot milk mixture. Return egg mixture to the double boiler, stir in the vanilla and butter, and continue whisking and cooking until well thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  3. In tall dessert glasses or a 2-quart serving dish, make a layer of vanilla wafers then sliced banana.

  4. Spoon some of the pudding over the banana layer then layer more vanilla wafers and banana slices, topping with more pudding. Serve with whipped cream topping. If using short dessert dishes, use only one layer each of the wafers, banana slices, and pudding, and then top with a dollop of whipped cream.

  5. Garnish each serving with a few slices of banana and a mint sprig if desired.