Southern Banana Pudding

Southern Banana Pudding is a classic recipe made consisting of
made from scratch pudding,
vanilla wafers and ripe bananas. 


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Southern Banana Pudding

Southern Banana Pudding

This Southern Banana Pudding is going to make you do a happy dance! This is my mother’s banana pudding recipe with a few additions of my own.

I always kind of knew how to make banana pudding, but you know how it is…when you’re cooking traditional recipes you’re looking for the flavor you tasted growing up.

Southern Banana Pudding

I called my mom one night and asked her for the recipe. Of course, she has been making it for so long she was able to tell me how to make it from memory.

She makes the recipe three different ways so I had to tweak the recipe to make it work for me.

And let me tell you, this is not my favorite dessert, but now I think it’s going to be higher up on the list.

One thing I didn’t change was using crushed vanilla wafers in the mix vs. flour.

Depending on how many you add, the wafers can make your pudding a little darker, but it will taste so much better.

Southern Banana Pudding

Growing up I stayed with my grandmother in Louisiana every summer until I turned 16. Where she lives people share a lot with each other.

I remember people would give my grandmother bananas amongst other things all of the time, but I remember bananas being one of the things people gave her a lot.

She made a dessert every week and when we had bananas, she always made banana pudding.

It wasn’t a big deal to me back then, but all of a sudden I need this recipe in my life! You won’t be able to get enough of this rich and creamy dish!


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Southern Banana Pudding
Southern Banana Pudding is a classic recipe consisting of made from scratch pudding,
vanilla wafers and ripe bananas. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana pudding, pudding
Author: Ashley & Charlotte


  • 3 bananas - sliced
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 2 c of whole milk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 boxes of Nilla wafers
  • 1 c of ground of Nilla wafers


  • In a medium sized pot, add condensed milk and vanilla. 
  • Whisk whole milk and eggs until blended. Add to pot and whisk. 
  • Heat for about 10 minutes on low heat. 
  • Add ground Nilla wafers and whisk. 
  • Heat stirring occasionally until pudding like consistency forms (about 15-20 minutes).
  • Remove the pudding from the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • In baking dish, layer the bottom with Nilla wafers.
  • Then add a layer of sliced bananas.
  • Pour about a half a cup of pudding over the bananas and Nilla wafers (Just enough to cover them).
  • Add an additional layer of Nilla wafers over the bananas.
  • Pour remaining pudding over the Nilla wafers.
  • Press Nilla wafers around the edge of the dish.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours before serving. The pudding needs additional time to thicken and set. 


Best chilled overnight.
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24 responses to “Southern Banana Pudding”

  1. This looks incredibly delicious and it sounds like the perfect summer treat!

  2. sapana says:

    The southern style banana pudding looks so sinful. I wish to grab a slice or two 😉

  3. Stine Mari says:

    I haven’t tried banana pudding before but I have always thought it looks so tasty!

  4. I love desserts with banana. This sounds just right for me. Will have to try it!

    • Ashley says:

      I’m not a huge banana fan, but I do love banana pudding! I hope you get a chance to try it!

  5. Jillian says:

    This looks easy enough for me, and I love bananas! Great idea for a summer snack or dessert! Thank you.

  6. This looks utterly delicious and reminds of Banoffee Pie, a British dessert made with a cheesecake style base, fresh bananas, cream and a “toffee” layer which is usually made with condensed milk. I know I’d love this!

    • Ashley says:

      That sounds delicious. I just looked that recipe up on Pinterest. I will definitely have to try my hand at making one of those pies!

  7. JoJo says:

    I’m not usually a big banana pudding person but this looks so good! Def. will have to give it a try this summer.

  8. Yummm!!! I have only tried one banana pudding recipe so far, but I will definitely be trying this one! It looks delicious!

    • Ashley says:

      Thank you! I hope you like it. It took me a while to really like it, but now I’m hooked lol.

  9. Casey says:

    I absolutely adore banana pudding! And the only way to have it is the southern way! I cannot wait to make this!

  10. Annie says:

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this!

  11. Ashley Roberts says:

    Oh this looks so easy and absolutely delicious! Thanks for the post! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  12. Mel says:

    I will have to try to make this for my husband!

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