Satisfy your sweet tooth with the ultimate dessert experience - Classic Southern Banana Pudding. This delicious recipe features layers of silky whipped sweetened condensed milk, sliced fresh bananas, and crispy vanilla wafers, all topped off with a generous serving of homemade whipped cream.
The combination of flavors and textures creates a truly irresistible dessert that's perfect for any occasion. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply looking for a comforting treat, this banana pudding recipe is sure to impress. Get ready to experience the ultimate in Southern comfort food-- your taste buds will thank you!
If you're a true Southerner, you know what I mean when I say "banana pudding." This Classic Southern Banana Pudding is a staple in any Southern household, and the taste and texture are pure nostalgia it's enough to make anyone feel warm and fuzzy inside. My Grandma's Baked Southern Banana Pudding is the one thing that I enjoyed heavily as a child, but this no-bake version is my go-to these days!
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Get ready to indulge in a dessert that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings! My easy Classic Southern Banana Pudding is not your average banana pudding. This recipe is a delectable blend of traditional flavors with a modern twist that will transport your taste buds to dessert heaven.
Inspired by the famous banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery, my version also incorporates my Grandma's secret recipe. Each bite is a heavenly symphony of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting more.
Looking to add a bit of sweetness to your family time in the kitchen? Then why not try out this amazing no-bake banana pudding recipe? It's so easy to make that even your little ones can join in on the fun and help you layer the dessert.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you don't need any fancy kitchen gadgets or special skills to make it. All you need is an electric stand-mixer or hand-mixer and a boxed pudding mix- ---which makes it totally fool-proof. It's the perfect recipe for busy families who want to enjoy a delicious dessert without spending hours in the kitchen
Here’s what you need to throw together this 20-minute Classic Banana Pudding dessert:
To make Banana Pudding entirely from scratch, you'll need to have THREE components ready:
First, you'll start by making your homemade vanilla pudding over the stovetop and whisking in the butter and vanilla, and then it's on to assembling your banana pudding: starting with a layer of vanilla wafer cookies, followed by banana slices, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream. Repeat until all ingredients are used, then add crushed cookies at the very top.
Then place plastic wrap atop everything (lightly pressing it in so that the wrap touches the top of the pudding) and place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Let everything chill for at least 4 hours, but know that it always tastes even more delicious the next day---once the flavors really "set in".
To make your own vanilla pudding instead of buying a store-bought version, here's what you'll need:
OK, so maybe you didn't know that there are two types of banana pudding recipes. A true classic Southern traditional banana pudding is baked with a beautiful meringue and everything is married together well! And then there's a no-bake EASY version, which is this simple Banana Pudding recipe that I'm sharing.
For the baked version of banana pudding, you'll make your homemade pudding per usual, layer everything, and then whip together an easy meringue using egg whites which will be fluffy and cloudy and is used as the "topping" of your banana pudding.
Then you bake everything for a few minutes until the meringue is browned and remove it, let it cool, and then serve.
I recommend serving this banana pudding in a glass bowl. If you have a trifle bowl with a stand, even better!
Once your pudding is made and chilled, you’re ready to assemble. Here’s how to do it:
For garnish on top, add more cookies, plain whipped cream and finally a last drizzle of peanut butter. Then chill the fully assembled dessert for 2 to 3 hours. For the best flavor and texture, chill the dish overnight.
Looking for some delicious and creative topping ideas for your banana pudding? Here are some ideas -
Store leftover banana pudding in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. The cookies will continue to get soggy, so the texture of the entire dish will change the longer it's left in the fridge past those amount of days.
Yes! If you prefer to make individual servings of dessert, you can layer the cookies, banana slices, and pudding in small glass mason jars for a cute and portable dessert. Because who doesn't love an easy dessert on the go?
Technically, classic banana pudding is an icebox cake. An icebox cake is an unbaked dessert that usually includes cookies and a cream filling. The ingredients are layered together in a pan and chilled in the refrigerator overnight. As the cake sits in the fridge, the cookies soften from the moisture of the cream filling. While the cream loses moisture, it thickens and solidifies. The result is a cake-like texture when you serve the chilled cake the next day.
While it's not recommended to use frozen bananas for banana pudding, you can use them if you thaw them completely first. Frozen bananas tend to be mushy and may not hold their shape well, so it's best to use fresh, ripe bananas for the best texture and flavor.
Prevent banana slices from turning brown in the banana pudding by treating them with citrus juice like lemon or orange juice. This trick helps prevent the oxidation that causes the unappealing brown tint, especially if you plan to assemble the dessert the day before.
Basically, the short answer is that Nabisco (the makers of Vanilla wafers) had great marketing efforts since it's often associated with this delicious dessert, which resulted in greater popularity.
Absolutely! You can enjoy banana pudding warm once you make the baked banana pudding version like my Grandma's Baked Southern Banana Pudding. However, I don't recommend warming or eating the no-bake version hot!
When it comes to substituting the Nilla wafer cookies, you can always use other traditional cookies like Chessmen cookies, Gingersnap, Graham crackers, and even switch things up with Biscoff cookies.
Yes! You can definitely substitute a can of evaporated milk for regular milk in your pudding for a nice creamy, velvety texture.
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