Award-Winning Banana Pudding

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The banana pudding you see here once won first prize in a dessert contest. It will be a winner at your house too!

Award Winning Banana Pudding #easy #dessert

Once upon a time, I was a database programmer. No really, it’s true. When I worked at a consulting company, we had a summer picnic with a dessert contest. I decided to bring banana pudding, a picnic classic, right? I told my co-workers ahead of time, and they urged me to choose something else, telling me that banana desserts never win the competition. (They were old timers, and this was my first time at the rodeo.) I decided to buck the trend and stuck with my plan.

Lo and behold, the pudding won! FIRST PRIZE. Some gloating was in order of course. One lady wanted to know my secret because her banana pudding had been passed over in the past. My boss, who had tried to warn me against making this dessert, seemed genuinely outraged that my pudding could win over his chocolatey chocolate whatever it was.

What can I say? People love this dessert. YOU will love this dessert. Please try it and report back!

Thanks to my mom for teaching me how to make this many years ago.

Award-Winning Banana Pudding
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Banana pudding is VERY easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. Perfect for summer when you don't want to heat up the kitchen!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • 4 c. milk
  • 2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
  • vanilla wafers (about a half box)
  • 3-4 bananas (not too green or too ripe), sliced into ¼" rounds
  • 1 small tub Cool Whip
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together milk and pudding mix until smooth.
  2. Line the bottom of a large (about 2 qt.) casserole dish or serving bowl with a single layer of vanilla wafers. Arrange banana slices evenly over cookies. (I slice my banana right over the bowl.) Spread ½ of the pudding over the bananas, being careful not to disturb the layers below.
  3. Make another single layer of cookies, then top with banana. Carefully spread the remaining pudding over the banana layer, then spread cool whip on top of that. If desired, place vanilla wafers along the top edge.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Weary Chef's Notes:
You can serve this immediately, but I prefer to wait at least an hour or so to let the cookies soften. This pudding will keep in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.

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  1. Sue Schuster says

    This is a blast from the past. My Mom used to make this for us kids in the summer. Thanks for sharing an old reliable.

  2. says

    can’t go wrong with vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, and cool whip. LOVE that you took 1st prize for this baby. Yeehaw! Sometimes you need something that’s not chocolate. Thanks for sharing and great photo :-)

    p.s. bet your boys gobble this one down.

    • The Weary Chef says

      Thanks so much, Liz! You are right about the boys liking it. The Tall One LOVED it. The Short One ate one bite and said “I yike it!” (translated to “I like it”) and then ran off. He doesn’t eat much at the end of the day, even dessert!

    • The Weary Chef says

      Thanks, Krista! I’m from Mississippi, and it’s very popular there too. My aunt makes hers from scratch, but this is how I have always had it so it tastes like home to me.

  3. Margaret Inmon says

    I have made mine like this for years except I put half the tub of cool whip in the pudding mix and fold in until incorporated then use remaining cool whip to top off the finished product. Just makes the pudding lighter and tastes wonderful.

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