The BEST Banana Pudding Recipe

The BEST banana pudding filled with layers of pudding, whipped cream, bananas and vanilla wafers. An simple, no-bake dessert that’s great for a last minute party or obtain together. 

This dish combines my love for no-bake desserts and anything banana flavored. It’s so simple to whip up and tastes super creamy and luscious. I am obsessed! For more no-bake banana desserts, check out my delicious banana cream pie and banana split dessert.

banana pudding in a glass baking dish

If you’ve ever been to Magnolia Bakery in NYC and had their banana pudding, you cognize how good it is. As soon as I tried it, I knew I wanted to find a version I could make at home. My family loved it so much and practically licked the pan clean! This banana pudding recipe is so simple to make and it feeds a lot of people. The combination of pudding, whipped cream, bananas and vanilla wafers makes a delicious dessert. If you love bananas, you must give it a try!

making filling for banana pudding


  1. Vanilla wafers. The dish starts with a layer of vanilla wafers. Line your baking dish with about 1/2 box of vanilla wafers, or until the bottom of the dish is covered.
  2. Bananas. Next comes the sliced bananas. Add them evenly on top of the wafer cookies.
  3. Pudding. The bananas are then topped with half of the creamy pudding layer. It’s a mixture of softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, instant vanilla pudding, milk and whipped cream. Once you add the pudding, you’ll repeat the 3 layers again.
  4. Whipped topping. The dessert is finished off with the remaining whipped cream and is topped with more vanilla wafers and banana slices.

banana pudding in baking dish

Serving options

You can make this banana pudding in a baking dish, trifle dish or individual cups. I love serving it in these mini trifle dishes below…aren’t they so Sweet?!

  • Baking dish: Use a 9×13″ baking dish and add 2 layers of each.
  • Large trifle dish: This is great to use for parties. Simply layer the ingredients until you’ve reached the top of the bowl.
  • Mini trifles or individual cups: This is my favorite way to serve banana pudding! You can use mini trifle dishes or even small glass cups. It makes the great individual-sized dessert.

TIP: Add crushed vanilla wafer cookies and sliced bananas on top, just before serving to dress up this dessert.

Make ahead + storing

This dish tastes top served within 1 day of making. The bananas will brown the longer that it sits, so I prefer to make it in the morning and serve later that evening. This gives the cookies enough time to soften in the refrigerator. Then top with the extra vanilla wafers and sliced bananas right before serving.

banana pudding in mini trifle dish

More simple no-bake desserts:

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Banana Pudding

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Chill time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 18

Calories: 241

The BEST banana pudding filled with layers of pudding, whipped cream, bananas and vanilla wafers. An simple, no-bake dessert that’s great for a last minute party or obtain together. 

  • 8 ounce block cream cheese , softened
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3.4 ounce box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 11 ounce box of Vanilla Wafers , or shortbread cookies
  • 4-5 ripe bananas
  • 3-4 cups homemade whipped cream , or thawed cool whip
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Next add in the sweetened condensed milk, dry pudding and milk. Mix well. Then refrigerate until it has firmed up, about 15 minutes. 

  • Mix half of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture. Mix until well combined. 

  • Place half of the vanilla wafers into the bottom of a 9×13″ dish, trifle dish, or individual cups. Arrange sliced bananas over the wafers. Spread with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat. Then spoon the remaining whipped cream on top. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. 

  • Before serving add crushed vanilla wafers and slices of bananas. 

This dish is top served within 1 day. Here is my favorite whipped cream recipe: https://www.followus.net/simple-homemade-whipped-cream/ Slightly adapted from The Magnolia Cookbook 

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 257mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 0.1mg


banana pudding with a slice taken out

meet Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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