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Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding — Comfort Food of Childhood

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food


Yet another thing that you can make from those bananas that are over ripe and in danger of going bad.

You would think that at this point of my parenting tenure I would be able to properly estimate the number of bananas that my children go through in a given week. But my children like to mix things up, just to keep this parenting thing challenging. Sometimes I buy a big bunch of bananas and NO ONE WANTS TO EAT THEM. Then the next time I buy only a few and all I hear is complaints because THEY WANT TO EAT BANANAS.

I remember my mother making this recipe when I was a child. It was one of my favorite desserts of all time, ranking right up there with icebox cake. Oh my, my knees went weak thinking about icebox cake. I am going to have to add that to list of things to make next. I’d love for my children to have the same comfort foods that I had as a child, alas I think I don’t make any of the same things as often as my mother made them.

I believe that this is the recipe that was on the box of Nilla wafers once upon a time. Back in the olden days when we embraced our fats and whole milk! Which, for the record, I believe that everything in moderation is perfectly fine.

Aside for the to-die-for taste, I like this recipe because there is no cooking involved.  It also is one of those recipes that tastes better the next day when the nilla wafers get soggy.  So you can make it the day before you have a barbeque or party.


You will need:

1 large pkg instant vanilla pudding, (6 ounces)
2 cups cold milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk, (14 ounces)
1 container whipped topping, (16 ounces)
sliced bananas
1 box vanilla wafer cookies

(Note: I doubled the recipe and put it in a tiramasu bowl. It served 14 with ease)

Mix the pudding and milk. Then add the sweetened condensed milk. Mix well.

Fold in the 1/2 the container of whipped topping.

Alternate layers of pudding, bananas, and vanilla wafers.


For the top layer use the rest of the whipped topping and decorate with vanilla wafers.

I have no other photos because my camera battery went dead. I had thought I would take a photo the next day of the banana pudding served, but my children inhaled it all before I had the chance.

You should make this. I know I say that about every recipe. But that is only because I never post any of the duds that I prepare. Trust me there are many of them. In fact, I could probably write a blog titled What NOT to Make for Your Family for Dinner.

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5 comments so far...

  • What do you do with the condensed milk?

    Stacy  |  July 15th, 2009 at 11:46 am

  • My great-aunt makes this banana pudding, only she adds sour cream as well it is sooooo good! Everyone freaks out when I tell them that there’s sour cream in it…I guess they didn’t get the memo that it makes everything better!

    Lindsey  |  July 15th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  • Love the Bannana Pudding recipe but now I am curious about the ice box cake…would love to hear about that one.

    OlyGirl  |  July 15th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

  • I can’t WAIT to make this… there doesn’t need to be a special occasion, does there? I mean, it looks completely DIVINE!!!
    Eagle Brand (sweetened condensed milk) really is the magic ingredient!!

    Lisa  |  July 16th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

  • This has always been a family favorite….great for the summer time get together. Easy - quick what more could you ask for. My only problem–finding the GF cookies to use in it. Life not quite as simple as it used to be.

    Eileen  |  July 17th, 2009 at 2:27 am