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Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

With creamy vanilla pudding, sweet bananas, cheesecake filling, and vanilla wafers, Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding is a gorgeous dessert that tastes even better than it looks.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy banana pudding recipe, homemade banana pudding, nilla wafer banana pudding
Servings: 12
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Jill



  • 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.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 0.1mg