Easy Banana Pudding

This sweet and creamy banana pudding is hands down the best dessert you’ll bring to any party! I make this for every gathering and it’s always a crowd favorite. My friends and family literally BEG me for the recipe every time so here it is!

This recipe is inspired by Magnolia Bakery’s infamous banana pudding with a few modifications.

If you want to be the one to bring the best dessert to your next gathering, you have to make this!

5 from 6 votes

Easy Banana Pudding

Servings 12
Prep Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day


  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk add more for additional sweetness
  • 1 1/2 cups ice cold water
  • 1 (3.4) oz box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5-6 sliced ripe bananas 
  • 12 oz box Nilla Wafers
  • pinch of kosher salt


  • In a bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, ice cold water, vanilla instant pudding mix and salt. Mix together until well combined. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the pudding to set.
  • In a large bowl, add heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture then pour the pudding mixture into the remaining whipped cream. Gently fold together until there are no visible streaks.
  • To assemble in a 4 quart glass or trifle bowl, add 1/4 of the pudding mixture. Then layer on 1/3 of the Nilla wafers followed by 1/3 of the sliced bananas. Repeat two more times. You should be left with 1/4 of the pudding mixture which you will layer on top. Garnish with Nilla wafers, Nilla wafer crumbs, and sliced bananas.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Serve chilled and enjoy!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    My husband saw the picture of your banana pudding online and asked me to make it. He fell in love just from the picture, presentation is everything. So I made it today 01/10/2023 and when I tell you he loves it he loves it. I’m not a banana person but your banana pudding is amazing I love it myself. Thank you for sharing your recipe. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Yvonne, you’ve just made my day 🙂 I’m so happy that you and your husband enjoyed the banana pudding!!

  2. 5 stars
    Would love to try. How do you layer so neatly? What did you use to transfer the mixture

    1. 5 stars
      Hi! I used a ladle to layer on the pudding. Definitely helped made it quick and easy 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this next time my family gets together! It looks amazing! One question though.. What kind of salt is that, and how much do you use? (the salt isn’t listed in your ingredients) THANK YOU!!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Sharon! Just a small pinch of kosher salt is all you need 🙂 I hope you and your family enjoy this dessert! Please let me know how it turns out ^^

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