Grandma's Banana Pudding


My grandma's old-fashioned banana pudding recipe was always something she made from memory, but I let her talk it out so I could write it down. She ran a country club and restaurant in her day; she can make amazing food, but she doesn't measure anything and makes most foods from memory.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs



  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 large eggs, separated, divided

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers, divided

  • 4 medium bananas, sliced, or more to taste


  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 5 tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Make the pudding: Combine sugar, flour, and salt in a bowl. Set egg whites aside for meringue.

  3. Beat egg yolks in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar mixture alternately with milk and vanilla, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add butter; continue stirring until thickened to a pudding-like consistency, 5 to 7 minutes more.

  4. Line the bottom of a baking dish with 1/2 of the wafers. Layer 1/2 of the banana slices over wafers and cover with 1/2 of the pudding. Repeat layers once more.

  5. Make the meringue: Beat reserved egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl, gradually adding cream of tartar, until soft peaks form. Add sugar and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold in vanilla. Spoon meringue over pudding.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until meringue browns, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in ingredient amounts and cook time when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

487 Calories
13g Fat
86g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 487
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 86g 31%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 410mg 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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