Homemade Banana Pudding

banana pudding recipe

There are several different ways to make a delicious cup of banana pudding, but we think this recipe has to be one of the best out there. This quintessential dessert is a Southern classic that is sure to go down perfectly after any lunch or dinner meal. Preparing, cooking and resting this homemade banana pudding recipe is extremely simple and only requires a little bit of time and effort on your end. Best of all, once it’s finished you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy a rich, creamy pudding that’s full of banana flavor just like it should be!

The key to making the best homemade banana pudding lies directly in the pudding itself. Part of what makes this recipe so great is just how much flavor you’ll get from it. While other recipes use only banana slices in their recipe, this one contains a little bit extra – banana liqueur. It’s adds an extra touch of flavor that will have your family begging for more! Another benefit to using banana liqueur (it’s optional) is that the added flavor means you can use less sugar (and low fat milk) to make the dessert a healthy choice for everyone without sacrificing the amazing flavor. You can also use either home or store bought vanilla wafers, both will taste amazing in the end.

Homemade Banana Pudding

Treat yourself to this delicious banana pudding before bed or as an afternoon snack. Ready in about an hour!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Banana Pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 inch vanilla bean pod (scrape beans out)
  • 1 tbsp banana liqueur (optional)
  • 2 large sliced bananas
  • 16 vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Begin by whisking together sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large-sized saucepan. Then, whisk in the eggs and milk.

  2. Once mixed, place the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly, until thickened. Then, remove from heat.

  3. Stir the in butter, vanilla and the optional banana liqueur and mix well. Then, let the mixture cool and cover using plastic wrap. Be sure to press plastic onto the surface of the pudding in order to prevent a film from developing. Chill and let rest for at least one hour.

  4. To make the whipped cream, chill both a large bowl and beaters inside the freezer for about 20 minutes. Then, add whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla to the bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form. This will usually take about 2-5 minutes.

  5. Once you're ready to assemble the pudding, place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of 8 different small jars. Then, top with a layer of sliced banana and a layer of pudding. Top it off with whipped cream and garnish it by adding an additional banana slice and vanilla wafer.

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