The Best Banana Pudding


This no-cook banana pudding recipe is easy to make and delicious layered with vanilla wafers and slices of banana. It's the best banana pudding you will ever find (or so I've been told by many)!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Everyone needs a good banana pudding recipe in their repertoire — and this one makes by far the easiest, most delicious banana pudding you'll ever come across.

Banana Pudding Ingredients

Our best banana pudding recipe is easy to make and assemble with convenient ingredients:

· Milk and pudding mix: This easy banana pudding recipe starts with vanilla pudding mix dissolved in cold milk.
· Sweetened condensed milk: Like so many of the most delicious desserts, this banana pudding contains a can of sweetened condensed milk.
· Vanilla: Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of the banana pudding.
· Frozen whipped topping: Fold frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip) into the pudding mixture for a rich, fluffy texture.
· Vanilla wafers: Vanilla wafers add more flavor and welcome crunch.
· Bananas: Of course, you'll need bananas! Slice them up just before you assemble the pudding.

How to Make Banana Pudding

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade banana pudding:

1. Whisk the pudding mix into the milk.
2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
3. Fold in the frozen whipped topping.
4. Layer the mixture with the sliced bananas and vanilla wafers.

a glass trifle bowl showing layers of banana pudding and Nilla wafers

How to Store Banana Pudding

Cover the banana pudding tightly with storage wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to three days. Chill until serving.

Can You Freeze Banana Pudding?

Banana pudding does not freeze well. Since this recipe is so simple, it shouldn't be a problem to make it right before serving! Trust us: There won't be any leftovers.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I have made this a couple of times for my dad's birthday and he loves it," says Jennifer Hawkins. "I use banana cream pudding mix instead of vanilla to add an extra banana flavor."

"This was a big hit at our first block party in a new neighborhood," according to Cindy M. Thomason. "Our neighbors are all elderly, and they could not get enough. Such a simple, old-fashioned dessert, but it was the highlight of the dessert table. I was so proud!"

"Made two layers in a round decorative dish for a picnic," says Cindy Vandanna. "So creamy, sweet and perfectly balanced. I think it may have even topped my long standing signature banana dessert."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 cups cold milk

  • 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla wafers

  • 14 small bananas, sliced or to taste


  1. Gather all ingredients.

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  2. Place milk and pudding mix in a large bowl; beat with a whisk for 2 minutes. Blend in condensed milk until smooth.

    condensed milk blended with pudding mix an milk in a silver mixing bowl

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  3. Stir in vanilla, then fold in whipped topping.

    vanilla and whipped cream being folded in to the pudding mixture

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  4. Layer wafers, banana slices, and pudding mixture in a glass serving bowl.

    wafers, banana pudding, and fresh bananas layered in a trifle dish

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  5. Chill. When ready to serve top with extra crushed wafers.

    a top down view looking at the top layer of a banana pudding trifle topped with crushed vanilla wafers.

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  6. Enjoy!

    a low angle view looking into a trifle dish at layers of banana pudding, banana slices, and vanilla waffers.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
10g Fat
57g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 431mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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