The south brings so many great things, including a southern banana pudding.
Bananas over this southern banana pudding.
It really is hard not to love bananas. They are naturally sweet, and great for all the recipes. I have made banana breads, fruit salads, pancakes, you name it. One recipe that will always be a front runner is this southern banana pudding recipe. It is not only easy, but it is so good! Looking for a family favorite dessert recipe? This is it!
Ripe bananas for the win.
For this southern banana pudding recipe, you want to have ripe bananas. Ripe bananas that are in the middle of being too ripe and too green. You will only need 4-5 bananas for this recipe. Wasn’t too hard since my kids always beg for a ton of bananas, but never eat them all. I know I am not alone on this one 😉
A mixture of Banana cream Pudding and VanillA Pudding.
I love a good mixture when it comes to baking recipes. For this southern banana pudding recipe, I have a mixture of both banana cream pudding mix and vanilla pudding mix. Actually, a 2:1 balance. I used 2 packages of banana cream pudding mix and 1 package of vanilla pudding mix. Both are instant pudding. You will make this pudding according to the package. That means you will need 3 cups of cold milk.
Don’t skimp on the whipped cream layer.
It would be easy to just grab a container of Cool Whip from the store, but there is something about having homemade whipped cream for this recipe. Plus, it really isn’t that hard! I quickly made this whipped cream while the pudding was in the refrigerator setting.
If you have a glass triffle dish, use it!
This southern banana pudding can easily be layered in a 9×13 dish or another large type of bowl. If you have a large glass trifle dish, use it! It will look so beautiful in the layers of banana, pudding, whipped cream and Nilla Wafers.
Banana pudding doesn’t require many ingredients.
I also love that this recipe is not complicating, you don’t have to bake anything, and it has simple ingredients.
Bananas :: Make sure they are ripe and not green
Pudding :: You will need both Banana Cream Instant Pudding Mix and Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix.
Nilla Wafers :: Don’t decide to go rogue on this ingredient. Make sure you use some brand of Nilla Wafers. They have the perfect texture for this banana pudding.
Heavy Cream, Vanilla Extract & Powdered Sugar :: Homemade whipped cream is too easy to not give it a go. Blend these 3 ingredients until they are whipped to frothy goodness.
- 4 - ripe bananas cut into slices
- 2 - 3.4oz Banana Cream Instant Pudding packages
- 1 - 3.4oz Vanilla Instant Pudding package
- 3 cups of cold milk
- 4-5 cups Nilla Wafers
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Prepare the pudding according to the packages, and mix them together. Place in the fridge to chill until ready to use it.
- Prepare the whipped cream next. Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until it becomes thick and creamy (~3-5 minutes)
- Slice the bananas into thin slices.
- In a large trifle dish, layer the the Nilla Wafers down at the bottom. Add the pudding layer on top, then the banana slices, followed by the whipped cream. Start the layering all over again until you end it with the last layer of Nilla Wafers on top.
- Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!
B-A-N-A-N-A-S for this southern banana pudding recipe.
Y’all, I am not even playing when I say I am bananas for this southern banana pudding recipe. I could eat it all the times of the day. It is a bonus that it is simple to make. Add this to your next family get together and display it in a glass trifle dish for a beautiful presentation, well before it is devoured by all!