banana recipes · Desserts

Classic Banana Pudding

It’s crazy to me that I’ve never put this recipe on my blog, because I’ve been watching my mom and my Nanny make this recipe my entire life, and eating it my entire life. Maybe I thought it was too simple to be considered a recipe. I don’t know.

I do know it’s delicious. People young and old go nuts for this. For the older folks, I think it’s nostalgic, for the kids, it’s just bananas and pudding and cookies and all of their favorite things.

Anyway, here it is, in all it’s simplicity and glory. It truly is really, really yummy. My mom’s siblings go nuts for this dessert. 4 ingredients. Instant pudding. Bananas. Nilla Wafers. Milk. Stick in the fridge. Done.

*You’ll find a lot of recipes that use a 9×13 pan with these same ingredients in a 9×13 inch pan. I think it’s so much better in a deep dish pie pan because you can get in an extra layer of pudding.
*Use ripe bananas. Underripe bananas will be no bueno.
*Use whole milk for your pudding.

1 box of Nilla Wafers
4 ripe bananas, sliced
1 box (5.1oz) of instant vanilla pudding
3 cups of whole milk

First, make your pudding by whisking together 3 cups of cold whole milk and the pudding mix until thickened, just a few minutes. Set aside.

Layer your pie dish with Nilla wafers.
Spread 1/4 of your pudding on top of the cookies.
Top with a layer of bananas.
Add another layer of pudding.
Add another layer of cookies.
Add another layer of pudding.
And your last layer of bananas.
Top with your final layer of pudding.
Top with your final layer of Nilla Wafers.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is best) and enjoy!


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