A southern no bake banana pudding recipe that is deliciously creamy and rich with easy ingredients and takes no time to make it.
This easy banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts. I'm not lying, I have a bunch of recipes on this blog based around this classic dessert.
This particular recipe is one of my favorite recipes because it's no bake and so therefore takes no time at all to assemble.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- It's a huge time saver.
- There's no better flavor than that of banana pudding.
- It uses really simple ingredients.
- It's the perfect southern dessert to bring to family gatherings.
- Ripe Bananas
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Whole Milk
- Powdered Sugar
- Banana Cream Instant Pudding
- French Vanilla Instant Pudding
- Vanilla wafers
- Vanilla extract
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: Crush a layer of Nilla wafers into the bottom of a 13x9" baking dish.
- Step 2: In two large mixing bowls mix the puddings with 1-¾ cups of milk for each pudding.
- Step 3: Once the pudding has set spread over the top of the wafers.
- Step 4: Add a layer of sliced fresh bananas.
- Step 5: In another large bowl add the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar and beat with an electric mixer until you have stiff peaks.
- Step 6: Spread half the cream over the last layer.
- Step 7: Top the cream with another layer of vanilla wafer cookies.
- Step 8: Add the other pudding mixture evenly over the wafers then add sweet banana slices.
- Step 9: Top with the remaining homemade whipped cream and decorate the top with Nilla wafers and slices of banana.
Hint: If you don't want to end up with brown banana slices on top you can either leave them off until right before you serve or dip each of those top slices in a little lemon juice or orange juice.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Cool Whip - this whipped topping can be used instead of the Chantilly cream.
- Cream Cheese - some people like to mix some cream cheese into the pudding mixture.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk - for added richness.
- Homemade Vanilla Pudding - if you choose to go that route. Homemade pudding always tastes great.
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I used a hand mixer to beat the cream into stiff peaks. I used 3 large mixing bowls to mix the puddings and the cream and a 13x9" baking dish.
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📘 More Banana Pudding Recipes
- Walking Banana Pudding
- Banana Pudding Cupcakes
- Banana Pudding Tacos
- Banana Pudding Brownies
- Banana Pudding Cups
This might not be Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding, but it still tastes really good!
Once this southern no bake banana pudding recipe has been assembled, if you don't foresee it being eaten right away you should store (covered with plastic wrap) in the refrigerator. You can store it that way for up to 4 days.
For best results refrigerate this classic southern recipe for a little while so that the flavors can melt together, the cookies soften somewhat and the pudding set a little more.
Expert Tip: Using the two types of instant pudding really helps give more depth to the recipe. I think just vanilla alone can have a banana pudding a little flat. In using banana cream pudding too, we're adding all kinds of deliciousness.
I like the ease of using one of my casserole dishes, however, traditionally a banana pudding would be served in a trifle dish.
Not very long. It'll start to soften and wilt, but most importantly you could turn off the cream If you leave it out too long. I'd say a maximum of 1 hour before putting into the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Yes it is. Traditionally layers of pudding, cookies and bananas, banana pudding can be as easy or labor intensive as you desire.
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Southern No Bake Banana Pudding Recipe
- 1 11oz Box Vanilla Wafers
- 1 3.4oz Box French Vanilla Instant Pudding
- 1 3.4oz Box Banana Cream Instant Pudding
- 3-½ Cups Whole Milk
- 5 Large Bananas ripe
- 4 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
- Crumble a layer of vanilla wafers over the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish.
- Take 2 large mixing bowls and add one packet of instant pudding mix to each bowl. Add 1-¾ Cups Milk to each bowl and mix well with a whisk. Allow the pudding to sit for about 5 minutes, to set.
- Take one bowl of the pudding mix (either one is fine) and evenly spread over the top of the vanilla wafers.
- Slice 2 bananas over the top of the pudding, evenly.
- Add the cream, vanilla extract and the powdered sugar to another large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer beat the cream until you have stiff peaks.
- Spread half of the cream over the top of the previous layer.
- Lay another layer of vanilla wafers over the top of the cream.
- Add the other prepared pudding and spread evenly then top with banana slices again,
- Add the rest of the whipped cream and top with crumbled vanilla wafers and banana slices.
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