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Banana Pudding Recipe

This creamy, rich Banana Pudding Recipe is a delicious, no-bake dessert! Perfect for weeknights or potlucks, everyone will LOVE this classic recipe! A delicious Paula Deen recipe featuring banana pudding and chessmen cookies!

If you love easy pudding desserts, have you tried these amazing Pudding Cookies? They stay soft for days! Or give this delightful chocolate Pudding Cake recipe a try soon.

Slice of thick, creamy banana pudding with chessmen cookies on top.

Why this Recipe is BEST

My family has been enjoying banana pudding for years, as I’m sure many of you have as well. I figured it was about time to share the recipe and photos with all of you!

When trying out different versions and variations through the years, the recipe that stuck is Paula Deen’s Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding. She knows her banana pudding, for sure.

  • No Bake– sets up in 4 hours, firm enough to slice and serve
  • Looks beautiful in a trifle bowl, layered!
  • I changed the recipe so it’s ONE BOWL. Easy to make, easy to clean.

Ingredient Notes

Baking dish with banana pudding and chessmen cookies

Bananas.

Start with fresh, ripened bananas. Preferably ones that are still firm, as the bananas will soften even more as this sits in the refrigerator.

Cookies.

Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies are delicious shortbread cookies and make a great layering cookie. If you can’t find them, butter cookies or Nilla Wafers will work too!

The cookies soften as this sits, much like in a Chocolate Eclair Cake or Icebox Cake. They become “cake-like” and amazing.

Pudding.

I opt for banana cream instant pudding mix. I think it intensifies the banana flavor to a delicious level. However, Paula Deen uses French Vanilla, and I think even plain vanilla would work too.

Be sure to use instant pudding for best results.

Whipped Cream vs Cool Whip

I chose to use Cool Whip for my banana pudding, but if you want to use a homemade whipped cream that would work too. It just might not be as stable. If serving in a trifle bowl, totally go for the whipped cream!

Banana pudding topped with chessmen cookies in 13x9 dish.

Step by Step Instructions

Bottom Layer. Line the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish with a single layer of cookies (it’s okay if they overlap slightly). Use the deepest 13×9 you own.

Layer sliced bananas over the top. I used 6 medium size bananas, and they covered the bottom so you couldn’t see any cookies (about 2 layers worth of banana slices).

Pudding Filling. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk. Beat until creamy, with no clumps! Add in pudding mixture, and milk, and beat again for several minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Fold in the cool whip or whipped cream.

Final Layer. Pour pudding mixture over the top of the bananas and top with a layer of cookies.

Chill. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Enjoy. To serve, slice and serve with an offset spatula. ENJOY.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use an electric mixer to get smooth pudding results. Make sure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature!
  • For best results, allow the banana pudding to chill for at least 4 hours, overnight is best!
  • Store banana pudding covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.
  • Make a cake! Our banana pudding poke cake is irresistible!

Recipe FAQs

How long does banana pudding last?

The bananas in banana pudding will begin to brown after two days.

Can banana pudding be frozen?

I don’t recommend freezing banana pudding. The texture of the cookies will change, and the bananas will turn very dark and unappetizing.

Can banana pudding be made in advance?

Yes! This can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time, however for best results should be eaten within two days. Make sure to cover the bananas completely with pudding mixture so they are not exposed to air.

Slice of banana pudding with chessmen cookies on plate.

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Yield: 12 servings

Banana Pudding

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

This creamy, rich Banana Pudding Recipe is a delicious, no-bake dessert! Perfect for weeknights or potlucks, everyone will LOVE this classic recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 pkg Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 6 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 box (5 oz) Instant Banana cream pudding mix ***
  • 2 cups milk ***
  • 12 oz Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish with one package of chessmen cookies. Top with sliced bananas.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add in pudding mix and milk. Beat for several minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Fold in cool whip and spread over banana layer.
  4. Top with remaining package of chessmen cookies. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Notes

  • French Vanilla or Vanilla Pudding Mix can be substituted for the Banana Cream flavor
  • I used 2% milk, but any variety would work.
  • Nilla Wafers and Butter Cookie can be substituted for the Chessmen Shortbread Cookies.
  • Recipe slightly adapted from Paula Deen's Not Yo Mamas Banana Pudding Recipe
  • Use an electric mixer to get smooth pudding results. Make sure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature!
  • For best results, allow the banana pudding to chill for at least 4 hours, overnight is best!
  • Store banana pudding covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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This creamy, rich Banana Pudding Recipe is a delicious, no-bake dessert! Perfect for weeknights or potlucks, everyone will LOVE this classic recipe!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on July 27, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hello. Iam excited about attempting to make this dessert! I have never been a baker . I have been spending alot of time in-home with kids and found myself experiementing more with baking, with the kids! I welcome your feedback on the below questions. What pudding mixture did you use to receive your best results (bananna cream, french vanilla, etc)? Did you use the whipping cream or cool whip ? If whipping cream was it heavy or regular? Did you use the cream cheese? I am a fan of the shortbread chessman cookies; however, what cookies did you use (vanilla wafers, chessman, lora doones, biscottis)?
    Thank you in advance for your feedback.

    1. I made this for a get-together@ my Stepson, it was so DELICIOUS 😋 I got so many compliments on it. I’ll definitely make it again 😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋

  2. Before i purchase the Chessmen cookies, do they typically come in a 24 count?
    If so I need 2 bags of the 24 count correct?

    1. Tho is the best Banana pudding I’ve ever made, it would be really good with fresh fruit on top😋😋😋😋

  3. I’m so excited to try this recipe. I also could
    not find a large box of the French Vanilla
    pudding. I saw where you answered another
    person that they could use two small boxes of the Banana
    pudding. Would that also apply to the French Vanilla?

  4. This is absolutely one of the best desserts I’ve ever made I take it everywhere I go and everybody runs to me and asked me what it is I do use banana cream pudding instant I have to make this a couple times a month my kids friends asked me to make it all the time when I come over

    1. Hello. That is wonderful it came out great for you! What pudding mixare you using (bananna cream, french vanilla, etc)? Did you use the whipping cream or cool whip ? Did youuse the cream cheese? I am a fan of the chessman cookies; however, what cookie did you use to make this the best dessert?

  5. How do you get the pudding that consistency I’ve been making this pudding for years it never comes out like the pic

    1. That’s weird I’ve never had it not come out thick and that’s the best part everybody loves that it stays together like that

  6. Oh wow! My husband and daughter love banana pudding, so this was such a hit and so fun to make with my daughter! Can’t wait to make this dessert again. Such a yummy and delicious treat!

  7. Thank you so much for this amazing banana pudding recipe! It’s easy to make! Highly recommended!

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