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The Best Banana Pudding Recipe

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


This is absolutely The Best Banana Pudding Recipe I’ve ever made. Creamy vanilla pudding, sweet bananas, and Nilla Wafers matched with a delicious layer of no-bake cheesecake–everyone will be asking you for the recipe!



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


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding and milk. Cover and refrigerate until thickened.
  2. 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.
  3. Line a 3-quart 9×13 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.
  4. Peel the bananas and slice into ½ inch thick rounds. Add the bananas to the dish over the vanilla layer.
  5. 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.
  6. Top the cheesecake layer with an even layer of the vanilla wafer cookies.
  7. 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.
  8. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate before serving to allow the cookies to soften.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana pudding

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