Banana Pudding ~

Banana Pudding

Homemade pudding NOT from a box, Nilla Wafers, and bananas. Not as difficult as it may seem and the results are delicious.

The banana pudding I grew up eating has layers of crushed graham crackers, bananas, whipped topping (Cool Whip), and vanilla pudding, preferably the cook and server rather than the instant kind. I really like this because it is a very light dessert. I especially like it at Thanksgiving and Christmas when I prefer to eat more of the main meal instead of the dessert buffet we provide. ;)

This banana pudding is massively different than that one. This one uses Nilla Wafers instead of crushed graham crackers. This one has no whipped topping. This one makes the pudding from scratch. And this one can be eaten warm but is also very good cold.

I would not prefer to eat it after having eaten a big meal though because the amount of Nilla Wafers in it changes its consistency from mostly pudding, making it denser but still very yummy.

I made this over the weekend and was too full to eat it right away. The rest of the family though, really enjoyed it. Mike ate his warm but Tiffany and Sean opted to put theirs in the freezer to chill it rapidly. Then they proclaimed it delicious! :)

Begin by layering Nilla Wafers in the bottom of a medium bowl. I use a two quart pyrex dish but it is rather full. Oh, I turn the cookies upside down because of the curve of the bowl and the curve on the top of the cookies. Then add a layer of bananas.

Banana Pudding ~ Lifeofjoy.meRepeat layers with remaining cookies and bananas, ending with cookies on top. Notice that I turned the top layer of cookies right side up. :)

Banana Pudding ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow we move to the double boiler. If you don’t have one, you can use a bowl over a pot but I recommend getting one. They don’t have to be expensive to work.

Put the sugar, flour, egg yolks, and salt into the top pan/bowl. Then add the milk and begin whisking.

Banana Pudding ~ picture was taken before adding the milk.)

Banana Pudding ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt takes about 15 minutes of constant whisking to get this thick. (You don’t have to give your arm a workout, just keep it moving so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.)

Vital Step: Once it is thick, remove from heat and add the vanilla!!! (I forgot to add the vanilla until after I’d poured it over the cookies and pudding and it did not taste good! I dripped the vanilla over the pudding, since most of it was still on top and swirled it around the best I could. Thus the picture doesn’t look very good but the pudding tasted great.)

Then pour the pudding over the cookies and bananas.

Banana Pudding ~ Lifeofjoy.meBanana Pudding ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to run a rubber spatula down the sides of the bowl to help the pudding get all the way to the bottom. And then I wiggle it in the middle a few places too. (I wonder if I make my pudding get too thick? Hmm, something to ponder.)

Can be served immediately, warm or wait until it has chilled and moistened all those Nilla Wafers. The choice is yours.

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Banana Pudding


  • 1 box Nilla Wafers
  • 5 bananas (unless they are small, then you may need six)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Layer Nilla Wafers and bananas in a medium size bowl.
  2. Place sugar, flour, egg yolks, salt, and milk in top pan of a double boiler. (Add water to the bottom pan and turn on the heat)
  3. Stir and cook until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour over Nilla Wafers and bananas.
  6. Let it sit about 5 minutes to soak into cookies.

Okay, I just dug up where I originally found this yummy recipe and apparently, I do let my pudding get too thick. I’ll try to remember that for next time but in the meanwhile, it’s still yummy!!!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


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