Southern Banana Pudding Recipe 4 Ways

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Homemade banana pudding is southern comfort food at its finest! We call it soul food.

Growing up in the south, I’ve had the pleasure of indulging in this sweet treat all my life. 

 

Southern banana pudding recipe – 4 ways

 

Southern Banana Pudding

 

My great grandmother taught my dad how to make banana pudding, and it became the signature dessert he’d make for us on special occasions. 

My mom has a slightly different recipe, and she still makes banana pudding for us all the time today.

And in my house, the soul food southern banana pudding tradition has carried on. The Mister is the one who makes banana pudding in our home, with influences from his mom’s recipe. I’m excited to share his banana pudding recipe with you today!

 

Southern Homemade Banana Pudding

Too good to have to choose! Make both classic southern banana pudding & chocolate banana pudding recipes!

4 recipes below:

You can make your banana pudding the original southern charm way, or with a modern-day chocolate twist. Whichever recipe, it’s guaranteed to be quickly devoured!

 

Easy Instant Pot Banana Recipes

 

 

Mickey Mouse Instant Pot Duo  |  Instant Pot Duo Nova  |  Instant Pot Ace blender  |  stainless steel mixing bowl  |  Courtly Check 9×13 baking dish  | Royal Check similar trivet  |   glass ramekin dessert bowl   |  MacKenzie-Childs similar tea towel  |  Instant Pot baking sling  |  Instant Pot pot-in-pot  |  Pioneer Woman measuring set  |  Amazon wire whisk  |

 

Instant Pot banana pudding

How to make homemade pudding in an Instant Pot

Kitchen equipment needed for pot-in-pot pressure cooking

 

Instant Pot Accessories Bakers Sling

 

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 11 oz. box of Nilla Wafer cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 ½ cups of milk
  • ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ¾ cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 7 oz. of condensed milk (½ a can)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

 

Soul Food Banana Pudding

 

Easy Banana Pudding

 

Instant Pot banana pudding instructions

  1. In a smaller pot that can fit inside your Instant Pot’s stainless steel inner pot, whisk together the egg yolks and milk. 
  2. Then add the salt, sugar and flour until smooth and without lumps.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a blender or use an electric mixer to thoroughly combine the ingredients. (I used the Instant Pot Ace blender on the pulse setting for 40 seconds.)
  4. Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot. 
  5. Pour the pudding mixture back into the smaller pot, and then place it in the Instant Pot baking sling.
  6. Using the sling, lower the smaller pot into the stainless steel inner pot. Alternately, place the inner rack trivet into the Instant Pot inner pot – then put the pot-in-pot pudding on top of the trivet.
  7. Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is in the sealing position – up) and pressure cook on high for 12 minutes.
  8. When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural release of pressure for at least 10 minutes.
  9. To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  10. Open the Instant Pot and remove the smaller pot with the handles of the baking sling. (Use oven mits to remove the smaller pot if it’s sitting on the trivet inner rack and not in a baking sling.)
  11. Whisk the pudding until smooth and creamy. 
  12. Stir in the vanilla extract, butter, and condensed milk until smooth.
  13. Set aside the homemade vanilla pudding mixture.
  14. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.
  15. Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.
  16. Using a small spatula, spread the warm vanilla pudding evenly over the layer of bananas.
  17. Add a layer of whipped cream over the layer of pudding.
  18. Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.
  19. Allow the banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  20. Serve and enjoy!

 

Instant Pot Pudding

 

Homemade Banana Pudding

 

Banana Pudding Recipe

 

You may also like this recipe for Instant Pot banana bread

Instant Pot Banana Bread

 

4 Ingredients banana pudding

  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 8 oz. of whipped cream (1 container)
  • 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve vanilla pudding
  • 11 oz. box of Nilla Wafers cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)

 

Kitchen equipment

  • 9×13 or similar size baking dish (preferably with a lid)

 

Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

 

Southern banana pudding recipe

1. Make vanilla pudding according to the box instructions, refrigerate and set aside.

Cook & serve pudding 

 

Vanilla Pudding Directions For Banana Pudding

 

2. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.

3. Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.

4. Using a small spatula, spread the vanilla pudding evenly over the bananas.

5. Add a layer of whipped cream over the layer of pudding.

6. Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.

7. Allow the banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

8. Serve and enjoy!

 

Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

 

Easy Chocolate Banana Pudding Recipe

 

Chocolate banana pudding recipe

Chocolate banana pudding ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 8 oz. of whipped cream (1 container)
  • 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve chocolate pudding
  • 11 oz. box of Nilla Wafers cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)

 

Chocolate Banana Pudding

 

Kitchen equipment

  • 9×13 or similar size baking dish (preferably with a lid)

Chocolate banana pudding instructions

1. Make the chocolate pudding according to the box instructions, refrigerate and set aside.

2. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.

3. Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.

4. Using a small spatula, spread the chocolate pudding evenly over the bananas.

5. Add a layer of whipped cream over the layer of pudding.

6. Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.

7. Allow the banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

8. Serve and enjoy!

 

Homemade Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding Dessert

 

6-layer chocolate banana pudding recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 8 oz. of whipped cream (1 container)
  • 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve chocolate pudding
  • 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve vanilla pudding
  • (2) 11 oz. boxes of Nilla Wafers cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)

 

Kitchen equipment

  • 9×13 or similar size baking dish (preferably with a lid)

This recipe is for banana pudding with a layer of chocolate and vanilla pudding

6-layer banana pudding instructions

1. Make 1 box of chocolate pudding according to the box instructions, chill and set aside.

2. Make 1 box of vanilla pudding according to the box instructions, chill and set aside.

3. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.

4. Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.

5. Using a small spatula, spread a layer of chocolate pudding over the bananas.

6. Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.

7. Add a layer of vanilla pudding over the cookies.

8. Spread a layer of whipped cream over the layer of vanilla pudding.

9. Sprinkle the crushed cookies over the whipped cream.

10. Allow your banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

11. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

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Southern Banana Pudding Recipe - 4 Ways

 

This post was first published on ShaundaNecole.com on May 6, 2020.

Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

Homemade banana pudding is southern comfort food at its finest! We call it soul food.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: banana pudding recipe, banana recipes, best banana pudding recipe, chocolate banana pudding, easy banana pudding, homemade banana pudding, Instant Pot banana pudding, Instant Pot recipe, soul food banana pudding, southern banana pudding, Southern banana pudding recipe, vegetarian
Servings: 12
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot pot-in-pot
  • Instant Pot accessory - baking sling
  • Instant Pot Ace Blender
  • 9x13 baking dish

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas ripe & sliced
  • 11 oz Nilla Wafer cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7 oz condensed milk (½ a can)
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • In a smaller pot that can fit inside your Instant Pot's stainless steel inner pot, whisk together the egg yolks and milk. (I used a medium-size stainless steel mixing bowl).
  • Then add the salt, sugar and flour until smooth and without lumps.
  • Transfer the mixture into a blender or use an electric mixer to thoroughly combine the ingredients. (I used the Instant Pot Ace blender on the pulse setting for 40 seconds.)
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot.
  • Pour the pudding mixture back into the smaller pot, and then place it in the Instant Pot baking sling.
  • Using the sling, lower the smaller pot into the stainless steel inner pot. Alternately, place the inner rack trivet into the Instant Pot inner pot - then put the pot-in-pot pudding on top of the trivet.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is in the sealing position – up) and pressure cook on high for 12 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural release of pressure for at least 10 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Open the Instant Pot and remove the smaller pot with the handles of the baking sling. (Use oven mits to remove the smaller pot if it's sitting on the trivet inner rack and not in a baking sling.)
  • Whisk the pudding until smooth and creamy.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract, butter, and condensed milk until smooth.
  • Set aside the homemade vanilla pudding mixture.
  • Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.
  • Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.
  • Using a small spatula, spread the warm vanilla pudding evenly over the layer of bananas.
  • Add a layer of whipped cream over the layer of pudding.
  • Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.
  • Allow the banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

4 Ingredients Southern Banana Pudding

Ingredients & Instructions:

  • - 3 ripe bananas, sliced
     
    - 8 oz. of whipped cream (1 container)
     
    - 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve vanilla pudding
     
    - 11 oz. box of Nilla Wafer cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)
     
  • Make vanilla pudding according to the box instructions, chill and set aside.
  • Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.
  • Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.
  • Using a small spatula, spread the vanilla pudding evenly over the bananas.
  • Add a layer of whipped cream over the layer of pudding.
  • Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.
  • Allow the banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Easy Homemade Chocolate Banana Pudding

Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding

Ingredients & Instructions:

  • - 3 ripe bananas, sliced
     
    - 8 oz. of whipped cream (1 container)
     
    - 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve chocolate pudding
     
    - 11 oz. box of Nilla Wafer cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)
     
  • Make chocolate pudding according to the box instructions, chill and set aside.
  • Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.
  • Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.
  • Using a small spatula, spread the chocolate pudding evenly over the bananas.
  • Add a layer of whipped cream over the layer of pudding.
  • Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.
  • Allow the banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!

6-layer Chocolate Banana Pudding

Ingredients & Instructions:

  • - 6 ripe bananas, sliced
     
    - 8 oz. of whipped cream (1 container)
     
    - 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve chocolate pudding
     
    - 4.6 oz. box of cook & serve vanilla pudding
     
    - (2) 11 oz. boxes of Nilla Wafer cookies (and ¼ cup of crumbled cookies)
     
  • This recipe is for banana pudding with a layer of chocolate and vanilla pudding
  • Make 1 box of chocolate pudding according to the box instructions, chill and set aside.
  • Make 1 box of vanilla pudding according to the box instructions, chill and set aside.
  • Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with Nilla Wafer cookies.
  • Add a layer of sliced bananas over the Nilla Wafers.
  • Using a small spatula, spread a layer of chocolate pudding over the bananas.
  • Add a second layer of cookies over the layer of chocolate pudding.
  • Add a layer of vanilla pudding over the cookies.
  • Spread a layer of whipped cream over the layer of vanilla pudding.
  • Sprinkle the ¼ cup of crumbled cookies all over the top layer of whipped cream.
  • Allow the banana pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Instant Pot Southern Banana Pudding Recipe Card
 

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 339IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg
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Nutrition Facts
Southern Banana Pudding Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
371
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
57
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
204
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
280
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
60
g
20
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
40
g
44
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
339
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
121
mg
12
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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1 Comment

  1. Cyrene Peñas
    July 21, 2021 / 1:02 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! Who’s excited for Banana Pudding? 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️

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