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Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

There is nothing better than Southern Easy Banana Pudding. It is a classic dessert for good reason. Rich and creamy with vanilla pudding, bananas, cheesecake filling, and vanilla wafers, this is a delicious dessert that is incredibly easy to make. This banana pudding recipe has a gorgeous presentation and even better taste.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: southern banana pudding
Servings: 12
Author: Jill


  • 2 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups cold milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8- ounce whipped topping thawed
  • 11- ounce vanilla wafer cookies
  • 4 large bananas


  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding and milk. Cover and refrigerate until thickened.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese together with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Reserve ¾ cup of the whipped topping and set aside. Beat the remaining whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and creamy.
  • Line a 3-quart 9x13 inch glass dish with a single layer of the vanilla wafer cookies. Pour the prepared vanilla pudding over the cookies and gently spread out evenly with a spatula.
  • Peel the bananas and slice into ½ inch thick rounds. Add the bananas to the dish over the vanilla layer.
  • Dollop the “cheesecake” mixture over top of the bananas and use a spatula to very gently spread until the dollops meet and the cheesecake layer is evenly spread over all of the bananas.
  • Top the cheesecake layer with an even layer of the vanilla wafer cookies.
  • Scoop the reserved whipped topping into a small zip top bag and cut off the corner to create a piping bag. Decorate the top of the dessert with the whipped topping.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate before serving to allow the cookies to soften.