B-A-N-A-N-A-S – Classic Banana Pudding

Bananas, vanilla wafers and homemade pudding topped with whipped cream or meringue create a sweet Classic Banana Pudding for year round enjoyment.

How many of you all remember that song from Gwen Stefani? “This *hit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” Somehow I find myself humming that tune every time I proceed to spell the word bananas, including while writing this post. Someone needs to come up with a catchy song to spell the word “Worcestershire,” LOL! This would be the perfect word for a spelling bee. I’d probably ‘bee’ out that round. 😉

Layers of Bananas and Vanilla Wafers for Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding is and has been hands down my absolute favorite dessert, other than lemon icebox pie, since I can remember. Although it’s now spring and this Banana Pudding is perfect to add to any spring spread, this Banana Pudding is perfect year round. It’s also quick and easy: alternate layers of vanilla wafers with bananas and pour homemade pudding over the layers to create a classic dessert.

Pudding from Scratch for Banana Pudding

My dad lives by using a double boiler, and it’s a tried and true method, but it’s not required (and I don’t use that method). A simple saucepan will work just fine. The key is keeping an eye on the pot and whisking when needed, so it doesn’t clump up and stick. I see a lot of recipes that use box pudding and it’s just not the same.

The best part about making the pudding from scratch – the egg whites do not have to go to waste because they can be used to make the meringue for the Banana Pudding. If meringue is not your thing, you can also make homemade whipped cream, as I did with the Banana Pudding pictured.

Banana Pudding with Homemade Whipped Cream

There’s nothing I prefer more than eating my Banana Pudding warm, but you can chill it before serving as well. I’ll have you know, Food Monster beat me to that first warm piece or the opportunity to chill the pudding.

Here’s to the Banana Pudding thief’s, may we know them, may we not be them, may we not raise them, although I know why it happened – this classic Banana Pudding is GOOOODDDD to the last (warm) bite!!

Enjoy!

Classic Banana Pudding

Servings: 4-6Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

Vanilla Pudding

  • 4-5 Bananas
  • 1 Package Vanilla Wafers
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Meringue

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 3/4 Cup

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/’2 tsp Vanilla
  • Chilled Mixing Bowl & Whisk

 

Directions

Vanilla Pudding:

  1. Starting with the vanilla wafers, layer the wafers, and bananas in a dish.

  2. In a medium sauce pan, whisk the milk, sugar, all purpose flour, egg yolks and salt, then cook on medium heat until mixture is thickened, taking care to stir regularly.

  3. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.

  4. Pour mixture over the layered bananas and vanilla wafers. Gently shake the dish from side to side for the pudding to fall thru the layers. If necessary, carefully poke holes with a butter knife to help the pudding fall thru the layers.

  5. Top with meringue or whipped cream. Serve warm or chill for 1-2 hours and serve.

Meringue:

  1. Whisk egg whites and sugar together until combined.

  2. Create double boiler and stir mixture continuously until it has reached 140 degrees.

  3. Immediately remove mixture and place in bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment.

  4. Whisk on high for 10 minutes.

  5. Spread meringue on Banana Pudding and fluff. Place under the broiler for 30 second to 1 minute. Keep an eye on it at this stage, because it will burn quickly.

Homemade Whipped Cream:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a chilled mixing bowl fit for an electric mixer and whisk on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture is a whipped velvety texture.

  2. Place whipped cream in fridge until ready to use. Note: you can use store bought whipped cream in lieu of making your own batch.

 

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Classic Banana Pudding
Print Recipe
Bananas, vanilla wafers and homemade pudding topped with whipped cream or meringue create a sweet classic Banana Pudding for year round enjoyment. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
Servings Prep Time
4-6 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Classic Banana Pudding
Print Recipe
Bananas, vanilla wafers and homemade pudding topped with whipped cream or meringue create a sweet classic Banana Pudding for year round enjoyment. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
Servings Prep Time
4-6 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Vanilla Pudding
Meringue
Homemade Whipped Cream
Servings:
Instructions
Vanilla Pudding
  1. Starting with the vanilla wafers, layer the wafers, and bananas in a dish.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, whisk the milk, sugar, all purpose flour, egg yolks and salt, then cook on medium heat until mixture is thickened, taking care to stir regularly.
  3. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.
  4. Pour mixture over the layered bananas and vanilla wafers. Gently shake the dish from side to side for the pudding to fall thru the layers. If necessary, carefully poke holes with a butter knife to help the pudding fall thru the layers.
  5. Top with meringue or whipped cream. Serve warm or chill for 1-2 hours and serve.
Meringue
  1. Whisk egg whites and sugar together until combined.
  2. Create double boiler and stir mixture continuously until it has reached 140 degrees.
  3. Immediately remove mixture and place in bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment.
  4. Whisk on high for 10 minutes.
  5. Spread meringue on Banana Pudding and fluff. Place under the broiler for 30 second to 1 minute. Keep an eye on it at this stage, because it will burn quickly.
Homemade Whipped Cream
  1. Pour all ingredients into a chilled mixing bowl fit for an electric mixer and whisk on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture is a whipped velvety texture.
  2. Place whipped cream in fridge until ready to use. Note: you can use store bought whipped cream in lieu of making your own batch.
Recipe Notes

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30 comments on “B-A-N-A-N-A-S – Classic Banana Pudding

  1. This makes me think of my southern grandma who lived to be 101. She loved classic Banana Pudding and I did too! There’s nothing like those layers of flavor, and I know what you mean about eating it warm too. Your whipped cream topping is so beautiful on your version, so pretty!

  2. I wasn’t born in North America so Banana Pudding isn’t something that I’m familiar with. But I see lots of recipes for it and it seems like it’s a very classic combination. I love that yours has meringue – a unique twist on what I can tell is a delicious classic!

  3. Hahaha – I so remember that song! I thought I was so cool saying the word ‘sh#@’ in a song! You’ve combined two things I love in this recipe – bananas and nilla – I can’t wait to try some!

  4. Oh I have not made a Banana pudding in years. My mama use to make us some. I so remember that song and now you have me humming it.

  5. I’ve never made Banana pudding, probably because half my kids don’t like Bananas. However, a warm slice would do just nicely for me to if there’s any left 🙂

    • They are so missing out!! You must introduce them to the goodness, I bet they’d eat it like this!! Lol! Thanks, Gillian!

  6. You totally had me at home made vanilla pudding… im sure it’s to die for! The store bought pudding is just way too sweet for my liking.

  7. This is completely unfair because this look incredible but I don’t have any in front of me right this minute so I’m so bummed. Haha! Need to try it. Also, I can’t write bananas without singing that song. 😉

  8. My little one like banana. I should try this for him

  9. Banana pudding has always been something that’s made its way to our Family gatherings. This looks wonderful!

    • Thank you, Stephanie! I’m so happy to hear that!! It’s such an awesome classic…keep on keeping on!!

  10. Now I’m singing …
    LOL
    Who doesn’t love this desert? Bananas and pudding and nilla wafers, oh my!

  11. Banana pudding is one of my faves, especially around this time of year! I need this for our next family get together for sure!

  12. I love banana pudding! I have the hardest time remembering if broccoli has 1 c and 2 Ls or vice versa. Oh and I have been spelling Worcestershire with an H after the c for so long!! Love this homemade recipe that doesn’t use an instant box!!

    • Dene' V. Alexander

      April 2, 2017 at 1:17 am Reply

      Thank you, Jennifer! These foods have some tricky spellings!!! However, as long as they’re good, who cares!! 🙂

  13. As soon as I saw your headline I knew I was going to have that song stuck in my head! Banana pudding is such a classic! Honestly I think I’ve only ever had cold banana pudding, so I’ll have to fix that 🙂

  14. You really can’t go wrong with a classic – banana pudding is a favorite at my house!

  15. This is such a classic dessert and is always such a treat to devour! I absolutely love the way you decorated it and would love a HUGE slice of it 😉

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