The Best Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

This easy banana pudding recipe really is quick and easy to make. My kids think it's the best dessert ever!

I love banana pudding. And you know that I love recipes that are quick and easy to put together. This recipe really is quick and easy, and the result is absolutely delicious. In act, it's my grown-up kids' favorite dessert.

This also is a great recipe to use to get your children involved in the kitchen. They'll enjoy whisking the mixture or slicing the bananas. Use a plastic knife for that or, for even more fun, let them use one of these cute banana slicers. I love this kitchen gadget and can't wait to teach my future grandchildren how to use it when we cook together someday. The banana slices are uniform in size and  just the perfect thickness for pudding.

Here's the recipe:

My Best Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

2 boxes Jello vanilla instant pudding
3 cups cold milk
3 bananas
about half a box of vanilla wafers
1 carton Cool Whip

In a mixing bowl, prepare pudding by whisking the pudding mixes into the milk. Peel and slice the bananas and stir into the pudding. Gently fold in about half of the carton of Cool Whip. 

Cover the bottom of a pretty glass serving bowl with the vanilla wafers and stand a few wafers upright around the edges (so they show from the outside). Pour in about a quarter of the pudding mixture. Add another layer of vanilla wafers and stand a few up around the edges. Pour in about half of the remaining pudding and repeat a layer of vanilla wafers. Pour in the rest of the pudding, add some vanilla wafers around the edges and then top with the remaining Cool Whip. 

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, preferably a few hours or overnight. Serve. 

This is so very creamy and rivals homemade banana pudding. You can substitute the cooked version of the pudding if you prefer; just cool a bit before adding the bananas and the Cool Whip.

  • Prepare the dessert several hours or up to a day before serving.
  • Use bananas that are ripe but firm. Save the soft bananas for banana bread or muffins.
  • Use a beautiful glass bowl for a gorgeous presentation.

Prefer banana cream pie? Simply use a pie crust of your choice (graham cracker or a regular baked pie crust), leave out the vanilla wafers, and pour the pudding mixture and bananas into the pie crust instead of using the bowl. For a pie I also reduce the amount of milk by a half-cup.

Hope you'll try it. Let me know if you like this banana pudding recipe as much as we do!

P.S. Care to share the recipe with someone who lives far away? Need a unique gift idea? How about this Best Easy Banana Pudding Recipe Ever note card set? 

This Banana Pudding recipe card makes a useful, unique gift. Include the matching stamps to make the set complete!

Originally published 3/25/08
Updated and re-published 7/21/16


  1. I just love banana pudding, and banana cream pie. a great idea involving the kids the vanilla wafers are also one of my favorites. Half a box for the recipe and the rest of them for me!!!

    1. That's my philosophy about the vanilla wafers, too! Always enjoy your visits, Sam. Thanks!

  2. Looks good. I would have to make the pudding part from scratch using almond milk. It might be worth trying it.

    1. Pudding from scratch takes longer but that way you do get the opportunity to use almond milk, which some people require. Otherwise, it should go together the same way and should taste delicious. Hope it does!

  3. This is right up my alley Susan Deppner, thank you for a great recipe.

    1. You're welcome, Grammie O. I think you and I have very similar tastes!

  4. My mom has always loved to do cream pies - banana and chocolate being the two she makes most often. I love your interpretation with the wafers because it's more like a trifle and no pie crust is necessary. Definitely on my list of recipes to try!

    1. Your mom's cream pies sound wonderful! I'm a lazy cook, so that's why I like this version. Hope you enjoy the recipe when you try it, Kyla!


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