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Banana pudding layered in a jar with whipped cream, bananas, and vanilla wafers.

Banana Pudding

This is the best banana pudding you’ll ever eat. Rich and creamy pudding made with cream cheese, whipped cream, and sweetened condensed milk, layered with crumbled vanilla wafers, even more whipped cream, and sliced bananas.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 830kcal
Author Tracy


Whipped Cream

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk preferably whole
  • 1 3.4-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix

For Assembly

  • 1 11-ounce box vanilla wafers crumbled into pieces or whole
  • 3 ripe but firm bananas sliced


Whipped Cream

  • In a large clean bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, combine heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract, and beat until the cream is light, fluffy, and holds stiff peaks (when you lift the beater straight out, the cream should stand up and form peaks that hold their shape and don't flop over at the tip). Set aside (if using your stand mixer, transfer whipped cream to a different container while you make the pudding).


  • In a separate large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat softened cream cheese until completely smooth.
  • Add half of the sweetened condensed milk and beat until completely mixed and there are no lumps of cream cheese remaining, stopping once or twice to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Beat in remaining sweetened condensed milk.
  • Add milk and instant pudding mix and beat on high for 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom once halfway through, until well-mixed.
  • Add half of the whipped cream (approximately, you don’t need to measure it) to your pudding mixture, and fold it in until the mixture is uniform in color and no streaks remain.


  • To assemble, layer wafers, banana slices, pudding, and whipped cream into individual glasses, doing two layers of each.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours*, up to 24, serve, and enjoy!


To assemble in a single large container, use a 3-quart trifle bowl, and layer the ingredients in the following order (or however you wish):
  • 1/4 of the vanilla wafers in a single layer at the bottom of your bowl
  • 1/3 of the pudding 
  • 1/4 of the vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 of the banana slices
  • 1/3 of the pudding 
  • 1/4 of the vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 of the banana slices
  • 1/3 of the pudding 
  • 1/4 of the vanilla wafers
  • All of the whipped cream (that you didn't mix into the pudding)
*Pudding will be soft set after assembly, so you can serve it immediately, but for thicker pudding, chill for the recommended amount of time. 
Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
Approximate nutritional information is for 8 servings.


Calories: 830kcal