Best Homemade Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is one of those classic comfort foods that never goes out of style. The combination of pudding mixed with whipped cream, bananas, and ‘nilla wafers is sure to please any palate!

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Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Banana pudding is one of those classic comfort foods that never goes out of style.

And while it’s definitely delicious when made with store-bought ingredients, it’s easy (and a lot more fun) to make your own from scratch.

In this post, we’ll show you how to make a banana pudding using simple and easily accessible ingredients.

You can’t go wrong with this sweet and simple recipe. Whether you’re cooking it yourself or using packaged ingredients, the combination of pudding mixed with whipped cream, bananas, and ‘nilla wafers is sure to please any palate!

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

This would be perfect for holidays celebration or just everyday occasions that we sometimes dread.

So roll up your sleeves and let’s get cooking!

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Southern Banana Pudding Ingredients

  • Banana instant pudding
  • Cold milk
  • Cool whip thawed
  • Vanilla wafers crushed
  • Bananas sliced
Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

For exact measurements, please see the recipe card below.

How Do You Keep Bananas From Turning Brown in Pudding

Bananas turn brown when exposed to the air. Covering the bananas with whipped topping will keep them from turning brown.

A trick I learned a long time ago to keep bananas from turning brown in the pudding was to soak them in lemon juice before adding them to the pudding or pie.

However, I never was a big fan of the taste. After more research, I found that you can soak them in lemon-lime soda and the carbonation will keep the bananas from turning brown.

Plus, the lemon-lime soda does not change up the flavor.

Does Homemade Banana Pudding Need to be Refrigerated

The simple answer is yes. Since the banana pudding is made with milk, it is best to keep it refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.

Can I make the Southern Banana Pudding Ahead of Time

Yes, the pudding can be made ahead of time. However, don’t add the crushed Vanilla wafers or bananas to it until almost ready to serve. The vanilla wafers will get soggy.

Is Pudding Still Good After a Week

If you still have the banana pudding after a week, that’s a problem, lol. It doesn’t last for more than a day or two at the most in our house. However, I would get rid of it after 5 days.

Do You Serve Grandma’s Banana Pudding Hot or Cold

We normally serve this combination of pudding mixed with whipped cream, bananas, and ‘nilla wafers cold. Did you know that traditional southern banana pudding is served warm?

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

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How To Make Semi Homemade Banana Pudding

In a large bowl add your instant banana pudding along with the milk. Whisk until smooth.

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Once the pudding has thickened, fold in the cool whip. You want to fold the cool whip in to keep your mixture thick.

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Next, add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers by folding them in.

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Store in an airtight container if not immediately serving.

To serve, place extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top!

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Printable Recipe Card

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Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Banana pudding is one of those classic comfort foods that never goes out of style. The combination of pudding mixed with whipped cream, bananas, and ‘nilla wafers is sure to please any palate!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3.5 oz banana instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 c cold milk
  • 8 oz cool whip thawwed
  • 2 c vanilla wafers crushed
  • 2 medium bananas sliced

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add your instant banana pudding along with the milk. Whisk until smooth. Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe
  2. Once the pudding has thickened, fold in the cool whip. You want to fold the cool whip in to keep your mixture thick. Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe
  3. Next add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers by folding them in. Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe
  4. Store in an airtight container if not immediately serving. Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe
  5. To serve, place extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top! Easy Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Notes

How Do You Keep Bananas From Turning Brown in Pudding

Bananas turn brown when exposed to the air. Covering the bananas with whipped topping will keep them from turning brown.

A trick I learned a long time ago to keep bananas from turning brown in the pudding was to soak them in lemon juice before adding them to the pudding or pie.

However, I never was a big fan of the taste. After more research, I found that you can soak them in lemon-lime soda and the carbonation will keep the bananas from turning brown.

Plus, the lemon-lime soda does not change up the flavor.

Does Homemade Banana Pudding Need to be Refrigerated

The simple answer is yes. Since the banana pudding is made with milk, it is best to keep it refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.

Can I make the Southern Banana Pudding Ahead of Time

Yes, the pudding can be made ahead of time. However, don’t add the crushed Vanilla wafers or bananas to it until almost ready to serve. The vanilla wafers will get soggy.

Is Pudding Still Good After a Week

If you still have the banana pudding after a week, that’s a problem, lol. It doesn’t last for more than a day or two at the most in our house. However, I would get rid of it after 5 days.

Do You Serve Banana Pudding Hot or Cold

We normally serve this combination of pudding mixed with whipped cream, bananas, and ‘nilla wafers cold. Did you know that traditional southern banana pudding is served warm?

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Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 353Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 7mgSodium 213mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 2gSugar 28gProtein 5g

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