Southern Banana Pudding is a classic recipe made consisting of
made from scratch pudding, Nilla wafers and ripe bananas.
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This Southern Banana Pudding is going to make you do a happy dance! This is my mother’s banana pudding recipe with a few additions of my own. I called my mom one night and asked her for the recipe.
Of course, she has been making it for so long that she was able to tell me how to make it from memory. One of her special ingredients is using crushed Nilla wafers in the mix vs. flour.
The wafers can make your pudding a little darker, but they will taste so much better than using flour to thicken your pudding. So lets get into it so I can show you how its done!
Ingredients needed to make the pudding:
- Condensed milk
- Whole milk
- Nilla wafers
Steps to make the pudding:
In a medium-sized pot, add condensed milk and vanilla. Whisk whole milk and eggs until blended.
Add the milk and eggs to the pot and whisk. Heat for about 10 minutes on low heat. Then add the ground Nilla wafers (1-2 cups) and whisk.
Heat stirring occasionally until a pudding-like consistency forms (about 15-20 minutes).
Remove the pudding from the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. In a baking dish, layer the bottom with Nilla wafers. Then add a layer of sliced bananas.
Pour about half of the pudding over the bananas and Nilla wafers (Just enough to cover them).
Add an additional layer of Nilla wafers over the bananas.
Pour the remaining pudding over the Nilla wafers. Add an additional layer of Nilla wafers around the edges and/or on top of the dish.
Cover and refrigerate for at least four to six hours before serving to give the pudding additional time to thicken and set. The banana pudding is best refrigerated overnight.
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- 3 bananas - sliced
- 1 can condensed milk
- 2 c whole milk
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 boxes Nilla wafers
- In a medium-sized pot, add the condensed milk and vanilla.
- In a bowl, whisk the whole milk and eggs until blended. Add the ingredients to the pot and whisk together.
- Heat for about 10 minutes on low heat.
- Add the ground Nilla wafers to the pot and whisk.
- Heat stirring occasionally until pudding-like consistency forms (about 15-20 minutes).
- Remove the pudding from the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
- In a baking dish, layer the bottom with Nilla wafers.
- Then add a layer of sliced bananas.
- Pour about half of the pudding over the bananas and Nilla wafers (Just enough to cover them).¼
- Add an additional layer of bananas then Nilla wafers.
- Pour the remaining pudding over the Nilla wafers.
- Add an additional layer of Nilla wafers around the edge and/or on top of the dish.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least four to six hours before serving to allow the pudding to set; however, it is best refrigerated overnight.
Mine wouldn't thicken & never set properly. Any tips?
Whip it like Butter says
I'm sorry that happened to you. Perhaps cook it longer next time or add more cookies to the pudding.
Mia Hoadley says
I love this recipe . Love making it for my husband! He loves it
Whip it like Butter says
I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you!
Stephanie Simmons says
This looks incredibly delicious and it sounds like the perfect summer treat!
The southern style banana pudding looks so sinful. I wish to grab a slice or two 😉
Thanks! Too bad I can't text you a slice ☺
Stine Mari says
I haven't tried banana pudding before but I have always thought it looks so tasty!
You have to try it! It's really good!
Jacqueline Debono says
I love desserts with banana. This sounds just right for me. Will have to try it!
I'm not a huge banana fan, but I do love banana pudding! I hope you get a chance to try it!
This looks easy enough for me, and I love bananas! Great idea for a summer snack or dessert! Thank you.
Awesome! Thank you!
Kavita Favelle says
This looks utterly delicious and reminds of Banoffee Pie, a British dessert made with a cheesecake style base, fresh bananas, cream and a "toffee" layer which is usually made with condensed milk. I know I'd love this!
That sounds delicious. I just looked that recipe up on Pinterest. I will definitely have to try my hand at making one of those pies!
I'm not usually a big banana pudding person but this looks so good! Def. will have to give it a try this summer.
Thank you! I used to be the same way!
Logen Ashford says
Yummm!!! I have only tried one banana pudding recipe so far, but I will definitely be trying this one! It looks delicious!
Thank you! I hope you like it. It took me a while to really like it, but now I'm hooked lol.
I absolutely adore banana pudding! And the only way to have it is the southern way! I cannot wait to make this!
Your absolutely right! Thanks!
This looks delicious! Can't wait to try this!
Thank you! I hope you love it!
Ashley Roberts says
Oh this looks so easy and absolutely delicious! Thanks for the post! I can't wait to give it a try!
Thank you! Enjoy!
I will have to try to make this for my husband!
I hope you all enjoy it!