THE BEST BANANA PUDDING (+Video)

THE BEST BANANA PUDDING
The Best Banana Pudding is a super easy, no-cook pudding recipe made with sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese and pudding, fresh bananas and Nilla wafers! YUM! I think Banana Pudding (Nanner Puddin’ as we call it) is just one of those things that has to be homemade. And by homemade, I mean, not store-bought.
The Best Banana Pudding Recipe served in a bowl topped with a slice of banana and a Nilla Wafer

VIDEO INCLUDED BELOW

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NO-COOK AND A COOKED BANANA PUDDING?
I have a COOKED SOUTHERN BANANA PUDDING recipe that I’ve shared already on the site. The only issue with cooked banana pudding is the bananas tend to brown pretty quickly. If you are taking banana pudding to a potluck or a picnic, you kinda want to show up with pretty, non-brown bananas. This no-cook version is often called Picnic Banana Pudding because it’s great for picnics or potlucks, bananas stay fresher, longer and because it travels great and serves up easily.Best Banana Pudding recipe from The Country Cook
WHAT IS A NILLA WAFER?
I prefer the traditional Nilla Wafer made by Nabisco (see ingredient image below.)  I’ve tried lots of different versions and that one is the best! I’ve even tried making my own but there is nothing like that Nilla Wafer flavor. This particular recipe comes from Christy Jordan’s latest cookbook, ‘Come Home to Supper‘. I know you will love it and folks will be begging for the recipe!The Best Banana Pudding recipe from The Country Cook

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
cream cheese
sweetened condensed milk
Instant vanilla pudding mix
milk
vanilla extract
whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
Nilla wafers
ripe bananas

cream cheese, instant vanilla pudding, milk, Nilla wafers, sweetened condensed milk, ripe bananas, vanilla extract, Cool Whip
 STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE THE BEST BANANA PUDDING:

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
softened creamy cheese in an electric mixer
 Add in sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix, and milk.

sweetened condensed milk added to whipped cream cheese

 And vanilla extract and stir well (see Cook’s Note below).

vanilla extract added to sweetened cream cheese mixture

 Cook’s Note:  Keep your mixer on low speed at first so the milk doesn’t fly everywhere. If you are using a stand mixer,  make sure you get in there with a rubber spatula and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is getting incorporated. That cream cheese likes to stay on the bottom of the bowl. Also, I find that the pudding can sometimes become a bit lumpy (especially if my cream cheese isn’t soft enough). If this happens to you, just keep mixing until most of the lumps are gone. The mixture will also begin to thicken too. After a few minutes of constant mixing, it will smooth out. Finally, stir in half of the whipped topping.
whipped topping added to cream cheese mixture in a stand mixer

Now, time to layer! Place one-third of the vanilla wafers in a layer on the bottom of a trifle dish, large bowl or a 9×13 baking dish. You will notice that as I add the wafers, I face some outwards and up the sides. This is not necessary but when you are using a clear dish like this, it sure does make it look pretty when it’s done! Next comes a layer of sliced bananas. Then pour one-third of the pudding mixture on top (enough to cover all the bananas).
sliced bananas, Nilla Wafers added to the bottom of the bowl and topped with sweetened cream cheese mixture

Continue with two more layers. A layer of wafers, followed by bananas, then pudding mixture. I like a lot of bananas in there. I want at least a piece of banana in every bite.
Picnic Banana Pudding

Your final layer will be pudding.
Picnic Banana Pudding

Then you will top the pudding with the rest of your whipped topping.
the best banana pudding finished with whipped topping

 I always save about 3 cookies to put on top. Again, not necessary but it looks pretty.
Picnic Banana Pudding

Also, you see how the sides of the bowl look since I turned some of those cookies outward and layered a few on the sides?
finished, the best banana pudding in a large clear bowl
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one to two hours before serving so it can thicken up and the wafers can soften.
Picnic Banana Pudding
  Then grab a spoon and dig in!!
The Best Banana Pudding recipe from The Country Cook
Enjoy!

Originally published: February 2014
Updated & Republished: April 2019

THE BEST BANANA PUDDING

The Best Banana Pudding is a no-cook pudding recipe made with sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese and pudding, fresh bananas and Nilla wafers! YUM!

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, (softened to room temp.)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (5 oz) package Instant vanilla pudding mix, (larger box)
3 cups milk, (2 % or higher)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping (COOL WHIP), (thawed)
1 (11 oz) box Nilla wafers
5-7 bananas, (peeled and sliced)

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
Add in sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix, milk and vanilla extract.
Mix until combined well.

Finally, stir in half of the whipped topping.

To layer: place one-third of the vanilla wafers in a layer on the bottom of a trifle dish, large bowl or a 9×13 baking dish.
Add a layer of bananas.
Then pour one-third of the pudding mixture on top (enough to cover all the bananas).
Continue with two more layers.
Top with remaining whipped topping.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one to two hours before serving so it can thicken up and the wafers can soften.

Cook’s Notes: Keep your mixer on low speed at first so the milk doesn’t fly everywhere. Also, if you are using a stand mixer, make sure you get in there with a rubber spatula and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is getting incorporated. That cream cheese likes to stay on the bottom of the bowl. I find that it can sometimes become a bit lumpy (especially if my cream cheese isn’t soft enough). If this happens to you, just keep mixing until most of the lumps are gone. After a few minutes of constant mixing, it will smooth out.

CRAVING MORE BANANA RECIPES? BE SURE TO CHECK THESE OUT!
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A BIT HEALTHIER BANANA PUDDING
BANANA PUDDING POKE CAKE

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