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Banana Pudding – An Easy Old-Fashioned Recipe

Banana Pudding - Life With Lorelai

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

An Easy, Timeless, and Delicious Recipe!


Who doesn’t remember their mother or grandmother making Banana Pudding for Sunday dinner? The mouthwatering aromas of bananas, pudding, and Nilla Wafers baking in the oven, while meringue tips browned to golden perfection.

I’m sure we all have wonderful memories of this old-fashioned, yet classic dessert. In our home, the first delicious bowlfuls were served warm, but the leftovers (if there were any) were just as amazing straight from the refrigerator.

Today, I wanted to recreate your memories with this EASY recipe.

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding:

This is one of the easiest dessert recipes you will ever make. Simple ingredients: Milk, Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding, Bananas, and Nilla Wafer Cookies. (egg whites for Meringue Topping–link to recipe and instructions below)


Cook the Pudding according to the box directions. Slice the Bananas.


Layer the pudding in an oven-safe bowl: Nilla Wafers, Banana Slices, Pudding, repeat until bowl is almost filled. Top with Meringue.

You can find my How To Make Meringue Topping here.

Bake the pudding with the meringue topping on it for 10 to 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven (according to the Meringue Topping Recipe).



And for your convenience, a Printable Recipe!

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Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding
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An easy, timeless, and delicious dessert - perfect for any family gathering.
Type: Dessert
  • I 5oz-Box Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding
  • 4 - 5 Bananas
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Box Nilla Wafers
  • Meringue Topping (see: for directions)
  1. Use a large oven-safe bowl
  2. Follow directions on Pudding box to make pudding
  3. Cut Banana into slices
  4. Line bottom of bowl with Nilla Wafers (get the cookies as far up the side as they will go without falling
  5. Place a layer of Banana slices on top of Cookies
  6. Spoon some of the cooked Pudding on top of the Bananas
  7. Continue layering Cookies, Bananas, and Pudding
  8. Top with Meringue
Prep and Cook Times include times for meringue topping.

Serve warm, or refrigerated.

This recipe can be made low-fat by using Low-Fat MIlk and Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers

Do you have any family favorite dessert recipes?

Do you have special Sunday Dinners?


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29 thoughts on “Banana Pudding – An Easy Old-Fashioned Recipe”

  1. I love banana pudding but have not had any for a while. They used to serve them occasionally as a treat in college and everyone just coul not wait to dive into. I have never made one, though. It looks so good-pinned!

  2. I was craving old fashioned banana pudding about a week ago. I talked myself out of making it though, because I didn’t want to heat up the kitchen that day. Your photos are bringing that craving back full force. Oh it looks so good. I love it.

  3. I love banana pudding but have never actually attempted to make it myself. Silly of me, since you make it look so easy!
    It’s great to be co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you this month. Can’t wait to see what everyone is up to next week!

  4. This looks really good and reminds me of the dessert my grandma used to make using just the Nilla wafers, and Cooked Butterscotch pudding mix, and topping with a whipped cream when served. I have not had it in to many Birthdays.Lol

    Have a great weekend, Karren

  5. I haven’t had this in years! I think this is one of the first desserts I learned to make growing up.

  6. My hubby LOVES banana pudding and after 7 years of marriage, I still have never made it for him. Shame on me. 🙂 Perhaps now’s the time.
    Thanks for hosting the #homemattersparty and for allowing me to be a co-host.

  7. Lorelai this looks so yummy. I can smell the warm-baked bananas already! I have never tried a banana pudding recipe like this but will definitely do so with your recipe.
    We are enjoying our time as co-hosts for the #HomeMattersParty! Thank you for having us.

  8. I love your recipes and this one looks so yummy – I never had this as a child but we did used to have plain banana and custard which was always nice both hot and cold!

  9. Oh my!! I love banana pudding and this looks pretty easy to make – I think I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon! Thanks for sharing on the What’s For Dinner Sunday linky!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this over at Celebrate it Sunday! This is one of my favorite desserts of all time and yet. I have so rarely made it! I love that you topped it with meringue , you know I love the meringue topping, and it makes everything look so special, too!

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