Creamy Banana Pudding Delight

Dive into the nostalgic flavors of our Creamy Banana Pudding Delight. This timeless dessert brings together the rich, velvety smoothness of vanilla pudding, the natural sweetness of ripe bananas, and the comforting crunch of vanilla wafers. Perfect for family gatherings, potlucks, or just a cozy night in, this banana pudding will transport you back to simpler times with every delightful spoonful.

A delectable dessert photo featuring a glass trifle dish filled with alternating layers of velvety vanilla pudding, ripe banana slices, and crunchy vanilla wafers. The dessert is beautifully presented, with a generous dollop of whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of crushed wafers for added texture. The background showcases a rustic kitchen setting, complete with wooden counters, fresh bananas, and a stack of whole vanilla wafers, creating an inviting and appetizing atmosphere.

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 310
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 36g
  • Sodium: 250mg


  • 150g (5.3 oz) sugar
  • 50g (1.8 oz) cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 700ml (3 cups) whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 200g (7 oz) vanilla wafers
  • 240ml (1 cup) heavy cream, whipped (optional, for topping)

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Pudding: In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in the egg yolks and milk until smooth.
  2. Cook the Mixture: Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Layer the Dessert: In a large bowl or individual serving dishes, layer the vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and warm pudding. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of pudding.
  4. Chill: Cover the pudding with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld and the pudding to set.
  5. Serve: Before serving, top with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy chilled.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use ripe but firm bananas to ensure they hold their shape and add the perfect sweetness.
  • To prevent bananas from browning, you can toss the slices in a little lemon juice before layering.
  • For a more decadent flavor, consider adding a layer of caramel or butterscotch sauce between the banana and pudding layers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Q: Can I make this pudding ahead of time? A: Yes, banana pudding is best when made a few hours in advance to allow the flavors to meld. It can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Q: Can I use instant pudding mix instead? A: Yes, you can use instant pudding mix for a quicker version, but homemade pudding offers a richer, more authentic flavor.
  • Q: How long will the banana pudding last in the fridge? A: Banana pudding can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The bananas may brown slightly, but the flavor will remain delicious.

Treat yourself to the creamy, dreamy delight of our Banana Pudding. Perfect for any occasion, this dessert promises to bring smiles and satisfied taste buds with every spoonful. Enjoy the blend of smooth pudding, sweet bananas, and crunchy wafers that will have you coming back for seconds.