banana pudding recipe

Best Banana Pudding Recipe

This banana pudding is a classic, creamy dessert layered with fresh bananas, vanilla wafers, and a luscious homemade vanilla pudding. Perfect for any gathering or just a delightful treat at home!


For the Pudding:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Layers:

  • 1 box (12 ounces) vanilla wafers
  • 4-5 ripe bananas, sliced
  • Whipped cream (optional, for topping)


  1. Prepare the Pudding:
    • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth.
    • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.
    • Remove from heat.
  2. Temper the Eggs:
    • Gradually whisk about 1 cup of the hot pudding mixture into the beaten egg yolks to temper them.
    • Return the egg mixture to the saucepan, whisking constantly.
    • Cook over medium heat for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Assemble the Pudding:
    • In a 2- to 3-quart dish, spread a thin layer of pudding on the bottom.
    • Add a layer of vanilla wafers, followed by a layer of banana slices.
    • Pour about one-third of the pudding over the bananas, spreading it evenly.
    • Repeat the layers two more times, ending with the pudding on top.
  4. Chill:
    • Cover the dish with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
    • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the pudding to set.
  5. Serve:
    • Before serving, you can add a dollop of whipped cream on top of each serving if desired.
    • Enjoy your homemade banana pudding!

This banana pudding is sure to be a hit with its rich, creamy texture and delightful layers of banana and vanilla wafers. Enjoy!

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