Classic Southern Banana Pudding

March 7, 2018

Classic Southern Banana Pudding is the one bowl of goodness that gets everyone smiling and is the perfect copycat recipe of Magnolia Bakery. This pudding is super creamy and filled with delicious banana chunks, whipped vanilla pudding, and loads of vanilla wafers nestled in between each layer. Makes for the best dessert choice after a good meal or even as a quick “pick me up” snack. 

Classic Southern Banana Pudding

Classic Southern Banana Pudding—-such beautiful music to my ears.

Many of you may know that I LOVE Banana Pudding. I mean, I LOVE THIS STUFF!

During my childhood, this was one of my favorite desserts that my grandmother use to make, right before our binge watch of thriller and horror films.

I remember her loading her banana pudding recipe with vanilla wafers and my loving every bite of it. Haha.

Nothing has changed since then—-trust me.

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Classic Southern Banana Pudding

I still enjoy a nice sized bowl of this stuff and my little guy has followed in my footsteps. So, I couldn’t resist making more of this over the weekend and it was SO GOOD!

If you haven’t tried it, I would recommend getting some of this stuff at Magnolia’s Bakery. Their version is the best store bought version I’ve had.

While I do my very best to not consume much dairy on a daily basis (I drink + eat mostly non-dairy alternatives), this recipe is one of the few ones that force me to completely break my regimen. Haha. What can I say? It’s my ultimate weakness.

I also previously did a nice play on this classic recipe by making Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bites which were really good, too. They were just so cute and little, but most certainly had a nice punch of flavor.

Unlike the cheesecake bites’ recipe, this classic recipe is super easy to make and can be made just under 20 minutes.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS PUDDING.

Bananas (about 3-4, depending on size)

Ice Cold water

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Whipped Cream

Vanilla Wafers

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Pudding Mix

Cinnamon

Sea Salt

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Classic Southern Banana Pudding

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BANANAS?

Believe it or not, Bananas not only taste great but they provide essential nutrients in our daily diet.

In addition, Bananas hold a fair amount of fiber, several antioxidants, while just ONE banana contains about 105 calories, and contains mostly water and carbs.

Other Benefits:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Protein

Classic Southern Banana Pudding

Whelp, let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Mix together the ice cold water, vanilla pudding mix, and sweetened condensed milk until thick, about 10 minutes on medium-high speed. **NOTE: The mixture should look like pudding**.

Finally, add in vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon and mix for another minute or so.

Gently fold in the homemade whipped cream (or Cool Whip) into the pudding mixture using a spatula until, well incorporated.

In a trifle bowl (or your favorite dish), layer vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding mixture; repeat layering until all ingredients have been used.

Garnish top with remaining vanilla wafers (the crushed ones!) and Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Best if chilled overnight.

Bon Appetit!

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Classic Southern Banana Pudding

Classic Southern Banana Pudding

Classic Southern Banana Pudding

Prep Time: 20 mins
Chill Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium organic bananas, sliced
  • 1 (12 oz.) box vanilla wafer cookies (HALF are crushed; Other half are whole)
  • 1 (3 oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk, low-fat (I use the Eagle's brand)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh water, ICE COLD!
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 3-4 cups Homemade Whipped Cream (See Notes!)

Instructions

  • Mix together the ice cold water, vanilla pudding mix, and sweetened condensed milk until thick, about 10 minutes on medium-high speed. **NOTE: The mixture should look like pudding**.
  • Finally, add in vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon and mix for another minute or so.
  • Gently fold in the homemade whipped cream (or Cool Whip) into the pudding mixture using a spatula until, well incorporated.
  • In a trifle bowl (or your favorite dish), layer vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding mixture; repeat layering until all ingredients have been used.
  • Garnish top with remaining vanilla wafers (the crushed ones!) and Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Best if chilled overnight.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM: In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip the heavy cream (3-4 cups), using the whisk attachment for 4-5 minutes, until fluffy peaks begin to form. **NOTE: When it begins to thicken after the first 2-3 minutes, gradually add in 1 Tbsp vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt.** Once fully fluffy, remove from mixer bowl and continue recipe. 
STORAGE: Keep leftovers tightly sealed and refrigerated. Best if consumed within 3 days.

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  1. This is so creamy and delicious – we all thoroughly enjoyed this fabulous banana pudding. Great flavour and texture!

  2. Just looking at the photograph made me feel so heavy.

    But, after reading about the ingredients and imagining myself eating a few bananas, only to feel hungry a while later, I think this will become a good brunch meal!

    Eating bananas makes you feel fresh on the inside and that triggers a refreshing response – you become another kind of active and you feel that you can get things done – a great way to start the day!

    I can’t wait to eat this bowl, chilled!

    • Thanks so much Saryan! You’re absolutely right about bananas! I do hope that you enjoy this recipe once you give it a try!