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 banana pudding on a stack of white plates.


Why this Recipe is BEST

My family has been enjoying this easy 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.

If you love banana pudding as much as we do, try our banana pudding cupcakes next. Or go easy and whip up this banana pudding cake!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make paula deen banana pudding.
  • 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 not cook and serve 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! You could also make our stabilized whipped cream which is similar to cool whip, but homemade!

Step by Step Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make banana pudding.

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 cover the bottom so you don’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.

Glass 13x9 with banana pudding.

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 dessert 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!
  • On the go. Try our banana pudding walking desserts for a fun camping or party treat!
Slice of banana pudding with a bite taken out.

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.

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Banana Pudding

4.83 from 339 votes
By: Aimee
This creamy, rich Banana Pudding Recipe is a delicious, no-bake dessert! Perfect for weeknights or potlucks, everyone will LOVE this classic recipe!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 20 servings

Ingredients 

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

Instructions 

  • Line the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish with one package of chessmen cookies. Top with sliced bananas.
  • 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.
  • Fold in cool whip and spread over banana layer.
  • 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.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 87mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 21g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
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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!



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Posted on July 30, 2023

Comments & Reviews

  1. How much of each item should be used? I don’t see an ingredient list. How much milk should be added? — or do you just follow the pudding recipe? How many boxes of pudding? . . .etc.

  2. Quick question…if using a Trifle bowl, could you do a middle layer of cookies as well? Would they hold up?
    looking forward to trying this! thanks!

    1. Depending on how far ahead it’s been made, they hold up just fine 🙂 And regardless, even when softened slightly, they taste amazing!

  3. Wow! Amazing recipe! However, next time I probably will use regular heavy whipping cream whipped instead of cool whip. It was a tad bit too sweet for me but it was still AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Use sugar free pudding mix. Use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk has lower sugar. You could see if the lite cool whip has lover sugar or make whipped cream using sugar alternatives Splenda or the like. I’m not sure about the cookies though. Maybe search for low sugar nilla wafers or shortbread cookies. Hope this helps

  4. 5 stars
    Made this just now for later this evening. The filling is delicious. I used a box of banana cream pudding and a box of cheesecake pudding…aside from that I did everything else the same! Can’t wait to try it in a few hours.

  5. For someone living in Australia we do not get chessmen biscuits, do you have an alternative to use….thanks

  6. I would like to make this for thanksgiving, looks doable but I’m concerned I won’t be able to find banana pudding mix… Is it Jello brand? Or Sheriff? I’m hoping my local grocery store will have it but I’m not sure if I’ve seen it before

  7. I did half banana and half vanilla pudding mix and instead of cool whip, I made homemade whipped cream to fold in. TURNED OUT INCREDIBLE!!!! I made it for my moms bday and everyone loved it so much!! Def saving this recipe. Mmmmm

  8. 5 stars
    I’d never had this before, let alone made it, but every time I’d see it on a menu or in a restaurant, I’d wanted to order, just never did. I splurged and tried this recipe. Holy cow was it ever GOOD!! My whole family loved it. Only sub was french vanilla pudding for the banana pudding to avoid banana overload. I’ll make this one again and again.

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