Homemade Banana Pudding – A Classic American Dessert

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Banana Pudding has been a staple of the American diet for as long as anyone could remember. In fact, it has been around since at least 1903 from a Kentucky cookbook. There is no question that the taste is agreeable to a large number of people, and Homemade Banana Pudding is even better – if the cook knows how to make it right, of course.

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Homemade Banana Pudding is always sweet, but not too sweet.  The sweetness acts more like an undercurrent than a wave. Maybe more important than the flavor, however, is the texture of this dish. The softness of the vanilla pudding contrasts the crispness of the dough and the banana.

Whatever the case, if you go to about any American buffet, you probably should find some sort of banana pudding on the menu. You may also see slight variations in the preparation of the banana pudding as well.

Some people put real bananas on top. Some do not. Some people may actually serve the dish hot, which may be weird for some tasters out there. It certainly is a more exotic way of cooking it. Some even use actual banana-flavored pudding as opposed to vanilla pudding.

This last variation drastically changes the entire experience, and it may not be for the better. Nevertheless, some others may really favor this way of doing things.


What exactly is the overall best way to make Homemade Banana Pudding, though? In our opinion, the following recipe is the best.  You will need the following:

  • Eight-ounces of cream cheese;
  • Five bananas;
  • 14-ounces of sweetened condensed milk;
  • Two cups of milk;
  • A teaspoon of vanilla;
  • A six serving size package of instant vanilla pudding mix;
  • A package of Vanilla Wafer cookies;
  • Three cups of heavy cream; and,
  • A quarter cup of powdered sugar.

You will probably need more than just pennies to pay for these ingredients, but, in the grand scheme of things, they are not all that expensive, making Homemade Banana Pudding an affordable option for a treat for your family.


In order to make the Homemade Banana Pudding, you must

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl, add in the pudding mix, milk, and vanilla, and mix all the ingredients together;
  2. Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form in a second bowl, add powdered sugar to the bowl, and beat the combination until stiff peaks form.  This is whipped cream. Set aside 2 half-cups of it;
  3. Fold the remaining whipped cream in the second bowl into the first bowl;
  4. Cover the bottom of a pan with vanilla wafers topped with sliced bananas.  The mixture should be poured on top of that; and,
  5. Finally, top everything with the whipped cream you set aside.

Recipe Notes

This dish requires at least four hours of refrigeration, so it is best to prepare this overnight if you plan to serve it.  With this serving size, whether it be at a party or a family dinner, this dessert option is a classic that is bound to make everyone excited.

See also: Red Velvet Ice Cream