Banana Pudding in clear trifle bowl.
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Classic Banana Pudding Recipe

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Do you have a standard for certain foods based on how they were prepared for you as a child? I do. No one can make potato salad like my mom. For my husband, no one can make Classic Banana Pudding like his Grandma.

So I attempted to make it for his birthday this week. The Banana Pudding I made wasn’t like his Grandma’s, but it was still delicious! I didn’t use her recipe; I used one from a 1950’s cookbook, except I used banana-flavored pudding instead of vanilla-flavored pudding.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Instant Banana Pudding
  • Milk
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  • Whipped Topping (Cool Whip)
Banana Pudding Ingredients

Equipment You May Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Large spoon
  • Trifle bowl (or other serving dish)

Helpful Tips

I made 2 large boxes (8 servings each) of Jello Banana Pudding, used 1.5 containers of Cool Whip, a whole package of Nilla Wafers, and about 5 bananas. I had leftover pudding when I finished the layers and saved it for the people who prefer plain pudding.

Banana Pudding in Trifle Bowl

Other Recipes You May Like

You might also enjoy this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding. If you are still wanting bananas, you may want to try this Old Fashioned Banana Bread or this Filipino Banana Turon. This No Bake Banana Split Cake is also delicious. For something different, you may want to try this Devil’s Food Cake or these Old-Fashioned Chocolate Brownies.

Final Thoughts on Banana Pudding

I made banana pudding in individual cups at the lake a few weeks ago, which was very simple. Each cup had 2 layers. Because this time I made it for my blog and my husband’s birthday, I did 7 layers of each – Nilla Wafers, banana pudding, bananas, and whipped cream (Cool Whip). That was also how many layers it took to fill my trifle bowl.

The original recipe was with vanilla and the only banana flavor came from the real bananas in the layers. The original recipe was made with meringue on top instead of Cool Whip, according to my relatives in the South (and they know their banana pudding).

Banana Pudding in clear trifle bowl.

Banana Pudding

My version of classic banana pudding – an easy layered dessert perfect for any potluck or party!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings


  • 2 Packages Banana Pudding 4 servings per package
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Bananas Sliced
  • 1 package Nilla Wafers Crushed
  • 1 Container Cool Whip


  • Prepare pudding according to package directions.
  • Let set in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour half of pudding into a serving dish.
  • Add a layer of bananas.
  • Use half the Cool Whip for the next layer
  • Add a layer of Nilla Wafers.
  • Add remaining pudding on top.
  • Add another layer of bananas, followed by the rest of the Cool Whip, and a layer of Nilla Wafers.
  • Chill for an hour to set.
Keyword 1950’s Recipe, Banana, Banana Pudding, Pudding

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