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 Banana Pudding 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!

How to Make Banana Pudding

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.

Slice of banana pudding with a bite taken out.

Easy Dessert Recipes

Banana Pudding

4.82 from 343 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
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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. Thank you so much for this amazing banana pudding recipe! It’s easy to make! Highly recommended!

  2. This recipe is one of my personal favorites. My family’s, too! I tweak it a bit, tho. I don’t care for the super creamy texture the original recipe makes…I really like mine to be more whipped cream texture. I do this by doubling the amount of Cool Whip and I only use about a fourth of the can of condensed sweetened milk. Trust me, it’s AWESOME. Next time I make it, I may try it with the French vanilla and cheesecake pudding mixes, as suggested in previous comments above 😁.

  3. 5 stars
    When I read the email to the recipe I felt it might be to much; but let me tell you, this recipe was amazing! Follow the instructions and enjoy the fruits of your labor!!

  4. I just love this banana pudding but i like to use one box of banana cream & the small box of the cheesecake pudding mix. It really adds to the banana flavor.

    1. You can use a large box of the french vanilla or vanilla, or two small boxes of banana. Keep the rest of the ingredients the same.

  5. 5 stars
    I think of my dad, who loves banana desserts. This one is the perfect amount of banana flavor & so creamy!!

  6. OH SO DELICIOUS! I have had this at a baby shower before. Can’t believe how absolutely delicious it was and so easy to make. Glad I can have this at home now any time I want!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for a friend who had surgery. She did not want entire 9 X 13 pan so shared with another friend and kept some for myself too. All three of us LOVED this dessert. I found it very easy to make , which is right up my alley. Everyone that had some raved about how great it was and I ended up sharing the recipe link with everyone that had some.

  8. Oh no! I used regular pudding mix instead of instant! It’s liquid-y instead of creamy! What do you suggest I do?! I was looking forward to this! Hope I don’t have to start over. Ughhhh. Lol.

      1. No worries! I chucked it and bought the instant. Second attempt was successful and was gone in less than 2 days!!! So freaking good!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!!!!

        1. I did the exact same thing you did Aimee. I decided to open up my pantry and I found an instant vanilla pudding mix. I figured it was worth trying because I didn’t want to throw away the whole batch. Anyways I used my kitchen mixer to mix it in then refrigerated all of it for about 5 to 8 minutes. When I pulled it out it was fluffed up. It came out really good my husband said it was the best banana pudding I have ever made

    1. I made mine to runny one time & all i did was put it in the freezer for a good bit when i was done & it thickened up.

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