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the best banana pudding recipe served on a white plate garnished with whipped cream and nilla wafers
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The BEST Banana Pudding

The BEST Banana Pudding you'll ever try! This timeless, no bake dessert is always a winner with friends and family and is so delicious! Made with layers of fresh bananas, Nilla wafers, fresh whipped cream and banana pudding!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana pudding, banana pudding recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Servings 16
Calories 379kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 6 to 7 medium bananas sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers shortbread cookies or Chessman cookies can be used also
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 3.4 oz instant banana cream pudding mix
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix or instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk


Whipped Cream

  • Add heavy whipping cream to the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl and beat on medium high speed for a minute or two until soft peaks form.
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Pudding Mixture

  • Add cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl and beat until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until combined.
  • Add pudding mixes and milk and beat for 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Fold in two-thirds of the whipped cream.


  • Line a 9 x13 baking dish with one layer of Nilla Wafer cookies. Top with half of the banana slices.
  • Spread half of the pudding mixture on top of the bananas and add another layer of Nilla wafers.
  • One more layer of banana slices, the remaining pudding mixture and then top with remaining whipped cream.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator and garnish as desired. Mini Nilla Wafers, banana slices, or wafer crumbs are great ideas! Serve immediately.



Cool Whip Substitution: 
Substitute 16 oz Cool Whip for the Whipped Cream (heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla). 

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Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 893IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1mg