This is a simple recipe but very creamy and delicious. It is requested at almost every family function! In addition to the vanilla pudding, you may also add chocolate pudding as a layer to make a banana pudding with chocolate and strawberries. You may also decrease or increase the amount of fruit or cool whip to your desired taste. Garnish with blueberries, raspberries, chocolate shavings, or as desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk water, sweetened condensed milk, and pudding mix together in a bowl until smooth and thickened, 2 to 5 minutes. Refrigerate until firm, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir whipped topping and cream cheese together in a bowl until smooth; fold into the pudding mixture.

  • Arrange a layer of vanilla wafer cookies into the bottom of a 2 1/2-quart glass dessert bowl. Top with a layer of banana slices, strawberry slices, and the pudding mixture, respectively. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients. Garnish with blueberries and raspberries to serve.

Nutrition Facts

524 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 73.7g; fat 23.8g; cholesterol 38mg; sodium 367.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2013
This pudding got raving reviews at my family's 4th of July celebration! I loved it! I followed it to a T. Personally I think it was very clever to include the cream cheese in the recipe because it gave it such a smooth delicious flavor and added some tartness. It was very unique and I nor my family have ever had banana pudding this way but it turned out so good that my grandmother and mom who are the cooking gurus in the family have requested that I make it at our next family functions. I didn't get to include the raspberries because I bought a bad batch but the rest of the desert was so great I'm sure either way it will be delicious time and time again. I'm never making banana pudding the same way I did before. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2013
This pudding got raving reviews at my family's 4th of July celebration! I loved it! I followed it to a T. Personally I think it was very clever to include the cream cheese in the recipe because it gave it such a smooth delicious flavor and added some tartness. It was very unique and I nor my family have ever had banana pudding this way but it turned out so good that my grandmother and mom who are the cooking gurus in the family have requested that I make it at our next family functions. I didn't get to include the raspberries because I bought a bad batch but the rest of the desert was so great I'm sure either way it will be delicious time and time again. I'm never making banana pudding the same way I did before. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2014
I have made banana pudding forever but never found a recipe that I thought was perfect - until now. Took to a family picnic and there were nothing but raves about it. I did use a few more bananas and wafers to fill it up but no complaints. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2013
Best ever! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2013
I absolutely love this recipe! Banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts and this is the BEST I've ever had. Definitely try the suggested variations. I promise you will not be disappointed! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2016
Had to make some adjustments living in Spain. Used instant "natillas" instead of vanilla pudding but it's basically the same. Also had to heat the mix up to get it to thicken instead of letting it sit in the fridge. Still it turned out delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2013
This is the best Banana Pudding ever! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2016
yum! I made it for thanksgiving and everyone loved it! I put it in a pie crust and sprinkled crushed nilla wafers in it. This is a great pudding. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2017
It was fabulous! The only difference is I added blueberries and raspberries to the layers as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2016
I LOVED this recipe and so did everyone I made it for! It was so delicious looked beautiful in my glass bowl and I will make it again and again and again! Read More
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