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Delicious Ripe Banana Pudding Recipes for All Events


A banana trifle in a glass with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Banana pudding recipes have been popular in America since 1800s. They are still a favourite treat! Looking for something to make for a family gathering? Or maybe you want to make a sweet dessert for a special occasion? Or just fancy something after dinner? Ripe bananas offer an array of delicious options.

Flavours ranging from chocolate to coconut and more, each recipe is the same – ripe banana and creamy texture. Classic banana pudding layer cakes, no-bake pies – something for everyone’s taste buds. Let’s explore some classic comfort food and new twists on old favourites with our collection of ripe banana recipes!

What is Banana Pudding?

Banana Pudding is a classic southern-style dessert. It’s composed of ripe bananas, cream and vanilla pudding. It’s usually topped with meringue or whipped topping, but can also be plain or even have additions such as nuts, chocolate chips, sauces, or candies.

It can be made with instant vanilla pudding mix or homemade. Chilled before eating, it has been around for generations, showing up across the U.S. Variations differ from house to house. Common ingredients include:

  • Egg yolks
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Banana slices
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange zest
  • Other flavorings

Prep time depends on making it homemade or using store-bought mix. Delicious at any special gathering!


Ripe banana pudding is a beloved dessert at parties, family gatherings, and special occasions. It’s smooth flavor and creamy texture mean it’s hard to resist! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • 2 large, mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 packages readymade vanilla wafer cookies (or enough for a 9×13 inch pan)

Optional extras include: cinnamon sugar or confectioners’ sugar for garnish; 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds; 1/4 cup golden raisins; 2 tablespoons coconut flakes.

Gather all of your ingredients and you’re ready to start cooking your tasty and easy banana pudding!

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Ripe Banana Pudding Recipes

Classic Banana Pudding Recipe

Deliciousness awaits! Banana pudding is an excellent treat that will please all. It’s super easy to make too – just a few ingredients! Here’s what you need and how to put it all together. Get ready for a classic banana pudding recipe!

  1. Ingredients:
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
    • 1 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  2. Instructions:
    • In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, flour, and salt.
    • Whisk in milk and eggs until combined.
    • Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture boils and thickens, about 8 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla extract.
    • Arrange a layer of banana slices in the bottom of the graham cracker crust.
    • Pour half of the custard over the bananas.
    • Repeat with another layer of bananas and remaining custard.
    • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


Mix sugar, salt, cornstarch, and egg yolks in a medium bowl. Beat 2 eggs in a separate bowl; keep aside.

Put milk in a large saucepan and heat over medium-high. While whisking, slowly add the dry ingredients. Then, add the beaten eggs while still warm and pour it back into the saucepan on medium heat. Heat for 4 minutes until thick and creamy.

Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and butter until melted. Cool for 5 minutes before refrigerating for 30 minutes or until cool enough for banana layering. Now, you can assemble your banana pudding!

Cooking Instructions

Gather round, banana pudding fans! Here’s your chance to master the recipe to make this delicious dessert. Get your ingredients together:

  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 3 boxes of vanilla instant pudding mix (4.1 oz each)
  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz each)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups milk (whole or 2%)

Slice the bananas into thick rounds and set them aside.

Combine the condensed milk and pudding mix in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth.

In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the cream on high until soft peaks form.

Layer the custard in a large bowl or dish. Place most of the custard at the bottom. Put half of the bananas on top of the custard, then spread the remaining custard over the bananas. Arrange the other banana slices on top. Pour the milk over the layer. Gently spoon the whipped cream over the top. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Enjoy your masterpiece!

Banana Pudding Variations

Banana pudding is a classic crowd-pleaser! It’s easy to create unique variations. Such as classic banana pudding, or something new like peanut butter and jelly! There’s a banana pudding recipe for every occasion.

Let’s check out these delicious options:

Coconut Banana Pudding

Coconut and banana make the perfect pair! This unique take on classic banana pudding will make your taste buds dance! It’s creamy, full of coconut flavor and texture – no wonder it’s a hit! To get more out of your dessert recipes, try Coconut Banana Pudding.

Ingredients are: coconut milk, heavy cream, sugar, cornstarch, salt, banana slices, vanilla extract and shredded coconut.

To prepare the pudding base, whisk cornstarch, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Turn on low heat and add coconut milk while whisking. Increase heat to medium-high until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat when it reaches boiling point.

In a small bowl mix one tablespoon of heavy cream with one teaspoon vanilla extract. Then add the remainder of heavy cream while stirring with a whisk, until all combined. Slowly add spoonfuls of prepared custard base into heated whipping cream mixture – stirring constantly. Continue until entire mixture has been added in. Put the mixture back into the original saucepan over medium heat for an additional 2 minutes. Stir continuously, then turn off heat and remove from burner. Place pan onto cooling rack for at least 10 minutes before preparing pudding cups or trifle dish.

Split bananas evenly among serving cups/dishes OR layer sliced bananas, alternating between custard base and crumbled graham crackers for trifle dish recipe option. Top each serving cup/dish with prepared whipped topping and sprinkle extra shredded coconut flakes. Allow some extra pieces to settle within mixtures before serving, if desired. Enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Pudding

Chocolate banana pudding is a no-bake dessert that combines the luscious flavors of creamy bananas and decadent chocolate! This easy-to-prepare and crowd-pleasing recipe features a thick and creamy filling with layers of fluffy whipped topping, crumbled chocolate cookies and chopped bananas. Perfect for summer picnics or special gatherings – guaranteed to please!

To make this delectable chocolate banana pudding:

  1. Crumble 7 chocolate sandwich cookies into a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Mix until combined. Press gently into an 8×8 inch pan lined with foil.
  2. In another bowl, mix 10 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Peel four ripe bananas. Cut into thin slices. Layer onto the cookie crust in the pan.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the sliced bananas. Layer 8 ounces of softened cool whip over that layer evenly. Sprinkle 1/4 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies on top as garnish (optional).
  5. Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold out of the pan or portioned out in individual cups or glasses. Enjoy!

Caramel Banana Pudding

Caramel Banana Pudding – a creamy, divine take on the classic. Made with apple sauce, caramel sauce, bananas and eggs, it has a subtle sweetness that’ll keep you coming back for more! Serve as an individual dessert or part of a meal. It’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

To make:

  • Whisk together apple sauce, caramel sauce and eggs in a bowl.
  • Heat over low heat until it thickens.
  • Add ripe bananas and stir until everything is blended.
  • Put in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Cool completely before serving – and don’t forget the extra caramel sauce or whipped cream!

Banana Pudding Trifle

For a dessert with a twist, try a trifle version of banana pudding! This impressive dessert is made with layers of banana slices (or other fruits like mango or strawberries). These are mixed with cubes of pound cake or large-flake crumbled cookies like gingersnaps. The pudding layer includes whipped cream for extra texture. Top with nuts and grated chocolate for crunch!

Serve in a tall, transparent trifle bowl for an eye-catching presentation. To make it even simpler, store-bought cakes can be used instead. Endless delicious combinations await! This crowd favorite will be a hit at any gathering.


Banana pudding is a treat to savor! Many recipes exist, so try one that matches your taste. If you need something fast, pre-made ingredients will do the trick. Or, if you’d like to go homemade, you’ll also find a recipe for that!

Ensure that your banana pudding will be as tasty as possible by choosing the best ingredients and letting the fruit ripen completely before adding it. Yum!

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes banana pudding a crowd-pleaser?

Banana pudding is a classic dessert that many people grew up with, and it’s extremely customizable. You can add different ingredients like whipped cream, cookies or chocolate chips, and even change up the pudding flavor for variety. Plus, it’s easy to make in large batches, making it perfect for potlucks and gatherings.

Can I make banana pudding ahead of time?

Yes! Banana pudding actually requires some time to chill in the refrigerator before serving, so it’s a great dessert to make ahead of time. Just be sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out or forming a skin on top.

Can I use different types of bananas in my pudding?

Absolutely. Depending on how ripe your bananas are, they may break down easily when mixed into the pudding, giving it a smoother consistency. Overly ripe bananas can also add natural sweetness to the pudding. If you prefer a chunkier texture, you can use firmer bananas or even slice them up and layer them on top of the pudding.

Is banana pudding a healthy dessert option?

While bananas are a good source of nutrients like potassium and fiber, most banana pudding recipes contain high amounts of sugar and fat. However, you can make small adjustments to make it a little more nutritious. For example, you can swap out heavy cream for a lighter option like whipped coconut cream. You can also use a sugar substitute like honey or maple syrup.

Can I substitute instant pudding mix for homemade pudding?

Yes, instant pudding mix can definitely be used as a shortcut in banana pudding recipes. However, keep in mind that homemade pudding has a richer, creamier taste and texture. If you have the time and ingredients, making pudding from scratch can take your banana pudding to the next level.

What are some creative ways to serve banana pudding?

Besides the classic vanilla wafer and banana layered version, you can also try making banana pudding parfaits by layering the pudding with whipped cream and crumbled cookies. You can also incorporate banana pudding into other desserts, like banana pudding cheesecake or banana pudding ice cream.
Isabella Johnson
Isabella Johnson

Hello! I'm Izzy, a passionate pastry chef, food photographer, and lover of all things sweet. When I'm not painting or salsa dancing, you can catch me whipping up decadent desserts or capturing mouthwatering pastries on camera. Let's indulge our sweet tooth together and explore the delightful world of baked treats!