June 17, 2022
I am pulling this one from the archives since it is a simple and favorite recipe. This weekend we went out to dinner to a restaurant that normally has banana pudding, but didn’t this time. I was disappointed, as were my dad and father-in-law. Luckily, I had simplified the southern recipe since I am the only one in my house that eats it, so like to make it quickly. Here’s the super simple recipe, and a quick alternative for a single serve treat. This can be prepped the night before and heated in an oven or microwave the next day for that fresh made taste, or eat it right away.
Addicted to Teaching’s Simple Southern Banana Pudding
- 1-2 large box of instant vanilla pudding
- milk (per the pudding directions)
- 1-3 yellow ripe banana (with no brown spots, to prolong shelf time)
- 1 box of mini Nilla wafers
- 1 tub of cool whip
- a storage container
First, mix the pudding and let it sit to thicken while you do the next step. Be sure to leave your cool whip out to soften a bit while you do this and the following steps.
Second, peel and slice the banana into thin slices.
Third, line the bottom of your serving dish with a layer of nilla wafers, then a layer of banana slices. Keep a few aside for garnish on top.
Fourth, layer the vanilla pudding on top, about half way of the container, then slide in nilla wafers around the edge of the bowl. (If you are putting into tupperware, this leaves room for the lid, if you are prepping a serving bowl or platter, this is for adding a second layer.
Fifth, optional, add a second layer of nillas and banana (chop a second banana if you want to do this) and add another layer of pudding, leaving about an inch or two from the top.
Sixth, add a layer of the cool whip. I like to put a large spoonful in a few different spots and then gently smooth over with the back of a spoon or a spatula. If you like the toasted look on the whip topping, use a crem brule torch or broil in the oven for a few minutes, as long as it is in an oven safe container.
Finally, garnish the top with a few nilla wafers and banana slices (if not serving right away or the next day, leave banana slices off so they don’t turn brown).
This will keep in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days, if it lasts that long!
For a simple, single serving, I will get vanilla pudding cups, then layer sliced banana and nilla wafers with the pudding cup and top with a dole of whip cream. It doesn’t have the meshed flavors, but it is a quick treat if you don’t have the time or space, or people to eat a full batch.
I did share a video of this on TikTok over the weekend, you can view it here https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTdTpxLk7/?k=1
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