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How To Make Banana Pudding Homemade

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This creamy, custard-based homemade banana pudding made with real bananas and homemade pudding too. I am going to teach you how to make the best banana pudding you have ever tried! Put that box of banana pudding mix away, you won’t need it for this recipe.

In our home banana pudding is made for a lot of occasions. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, my favorites are at Easter and thanksgiving.

homemade banana pudding top view on a cutting board topped with a yellow and white towel

My entire family has a love for banana pudding recipes from scratch and nothing beats my easy homemade banana pudding recipe.

How do You Make A Simple Banana Pudding Recipe

My Easy Banana Pudding recipe is simple to follow and comes out amazing. The best part is you need just a few simple ingrediants to make this delicious treat!

3 servings of banana pudding with a casserole dish full of pudding on top of a towel covered wood piece
  • eggs, with the egg yolks separated from the egg whites
  • sweetened
  • condensed milk
  • vanilla extract
  • bananas
  • Nilla wafers

With this banana pudding recipe, you will learn all about how to layer the wafers and banana slices. How to heat and stir the sweetened condensed milk just right so that you don’t burn the pudding.

You can also replace the meringue on top with cool whip, whipped cream, or another whipped topping.

Some like to add a cup of sugar to their pudding to sweeten it up a bit. But, not us, this southern banana pudding recipe is perfect once the flavors of the bananas and pudding mix.

close up of the inside of a banana pudding recipe

Tips While Making Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Don’t burn your pudding mixture | Make sure to watch your pudding, and stir constantly. Because if you are not careful you can and will burn, and then you will have to start over. This isn’t a recipe you can set and forget.

Make Sure They Are Nilla Wafers | It’s just not the same as other vanilla wafer cookies. This is the recipe my grandmother used, and it is the best banana pudding recipe you will find.

Ripe Bananas | Don’t go for under-ripe or over-ripe bananas. If they are over-ripe they will have so much flavor it could be overpowering. I aim for nice yellow colored bananas that have just a few tiny brown specks on it.

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banana pudding recipe from scratch top view
Yield: 8

Homemade Banana Pudding

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Homemade banana pudding is a creamy and delicious treat that has been made for ages. This southern banana pudding recipe is a family recipe passed down for generations.


  • 9 Eggs, separated into 2 separate bowls
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can water, use your empty milk can
  • 6 to 7 bananas
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers
  • Boiling water


For the vanilla pudding

  1. Fill a saucepan about 3/4 full with water and bring it to a boil. If you have a double boiler use that.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and 1 can of water to the egg yolks mix well with a whisk and set aside.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into another, the top portion of your double boiler, a pan, or stainless steel bowl.
  4. Carefully sit the egg mixture pan on top of the boiling water pan ( or double boil) stirring constantly until it starts to thicken, about 7 to 10 minutes the pudding should coat the back of your spoon.
  5. Once it thickens turn it off and set it aside, allow it to thicken more while you prepare your bananas and cookies.
  6. In a pan or casserole dish layer wafers, bananas over and over till your pan is full. banana pudding 5
  7. Pour the pudding evenly over your layers of bananas and Nilla wafers. banana pudding 8
  8. Add egg whites to a mixer and whip on high until stiff peaks form (about 7-10 mins) banana pudding 6
  9. Smooth the whipped meringue over the top of the banana pudding.  banana pudding 9
  10. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 10-15 mins, just until the meringue is browned. 
  11. Let stand for 20 mins before serving. banana pudding 12


If preparing this in advance, you may want to toss the bananas in the pudding and to help slow down the browning process. 

Also note, putting banana pudding in the fridge will speed up the browning process, however, it will still be delicious. 

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 213mgSodium 107mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 3gSugar 16gProtein 10g

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