This no bake banana pudding has layers of delightfully rich and creamy whipped pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and sweet banana slices. It's an old-fashioned Southern dessert that'll have both kids and adults reaching for seconds!
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THE BEST NO BAKE BANANA PUDDING
If you're looking for a simple last-minute dessert that'll impress the whole family, you can never go wrong with this delicious banana pudding.
It's an addictive combination of creamy, crunchy, and airy textures filled with the flavors of sweet banana and toasty vanilla. It's like biting into a banana-flavored cloud, but better.
And the best part is that all you need is 4 simple ingredients and 10 minutes of prep to make this easy no bake banana pudding.
Also, there's no baking necessary to make this easy homemade banana pudding. So practically anyone - and everyone - can make it. And for that reason, it's a super fun recipe to make with kids! They can help create the layers that make this banana treat so good.
Honestly, the hardest part of this easy banana pudding recipe is waiting for it to set in the fridge. But this delicious dessert is well worth the wait. I'd say it's as good as this no bake banana pudding cheesecake.
As I mentioned, it only takes 4 super easy-to-find ingredients to make this dreamy, easy banana pudding.
Here's everything you'll need to make this easy no bake banana pudding:
- 3-4 Bananas
- 1 Large Box (5.1 oz) Instant Pudding Mix (instant vanilla pudding mix or instant banana pudding mix)
- 8 oz Tub of Cool Whip
- 1 Box of Vanilla Wafers
You can use homemade whipped cream for this recipe, but I prefer Cool Whip because it holds its shape a lot better and gives the pudding a wonderfully light and fluffy texture.
By the way, if you wind up with extra bananas left over or your bananas are a little too ripe for this creamy banana pudding, you can use them to make our 3 ingredient banana waffles and this 2 banana bread recipe.
HOW TO MAKE NO BAKE BANANA PUDDING
Again, this recipe could not be any easier to make. All you have to do is make the pudding, assemble the layers, and chill. No oven and no mixer are required!
But don't let its simplicity fool you - it's always a huge hit at parties and potlucks. Oh, and kids absolutely love the creamy banana pudding.
Now, let's get to it and make this delicious dessert!
STEP 1: PREPARING THE BASE
First, you'll want to take out a 13x9-inch casserole dish. However, if you don't have a casserole dish in this size, you can also use two standard-sized loaf pans or a large trifle.
Now, arrange a layer of vanilla wafers at the bottom of the dish - you can use any sized vanilla wafers that you want.
Then, slice 1 ½ - 2 of the bananas, and form an even layer of them on top of the vanilla wafers.
Next, make the instant vanilla pudding mix - or banana - based on the package instructions.
Once the pudding is ready, gently fold in the tub of Cool Whip until the pudding and Cool Whip are well-combined. And be careful not to overmix it - we want it to be as airy and light as possible.
STEP 2: FORMING THE LAYERS
Ok, now pour half of the pudding mixture over the layer of sliced bananas, and use a rubber spatula to evenly smooth it out over the top of the sliced bananas.
Then, on top of that, place another layer of vanilla wafers followed by a layer of sliced bananas.
Next, pour the rest of the pudding mixture over the top and smooth it out.
Finally, crush 4-6 vanilla wafers and sprinkle them on top of the pudding, and you can add some more sliced bananas on top if you want.
STEP 3: CHILLING & SERVING
Now for the hardest part of this recipe - waiting for it to set before you can dig into all that creamy deliciousness. You'll want to refrigerate banana pudding for at least an hour to let it set and thicken up.
Then, once the creamy pudding has thickened and you're ready to serve, take it out of the fridge, and enjoy!
HOW TO STORE BANANA PUDDING
This no bake banana pudding recipe is the kind of dessert that's best eaten fresh. Luckily it's effortless to make, so you can quickly whip up a batch whenever you're in the mood for it.
However, if you have some leftover and want to save it, you'll want to cover the dish with a lid or tightly seal it with plastic wrap. Stored that way you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Or, if you want to keep it for longer, you can store the pudding in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. With that said, if you're planning to do this, be sure to toss the bananas in lemon juice beforehand to prevent them from browning in the freezer.
Then, when you're ready to thaw the frozen banana pudding, just transfer it to the fridge, and let it soften overnight.
FAQS ABOUT THIS NO BAKE BANANA PUDDING RECIPE
WHY DID MY BANANA PUDDING NOT SET?
If your banana pudding doesn't set, it's typically from not leaving it in the fridge long enough. The longer it chills, the more the pudding will set, so make sure to give it enough time in there. And if you want, you can also freeze banana pudding to help it set quicker. Now, if you freeze banana pudding, you'll want to let it thaw for a few minutes before enjoying.
How do you keep banana pudding from getting watery?
The best way to keep banana pudding from getting watery is to use Cool Whip and instant pudding mix. The instant pudding mix thickens everything up, and the Cool Whip gives the pudding its light and airy texture. I find that Cool Whip works much better than homemade whipped cream. If you want to make homemade whipped cream, it's perfect for topping the pudding.
HOW RIPE SHOULD MY BANANAS BE FOR BANANA PUDDING?
When making banana pudding, you want your bananas to be ripe, but not anything more than that. They should be fully yellow but have no dark spots on them, and you definitely don't want them to be brown.
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
Well, that is how to make the best banana pudding recipe! This creamy pudding is perfectly with a light texture and perfect vanilla-banana flavor.
Whenever I bring it to a party or get-together, I get so many requests from family and friends for the recipe. And, honestly, everyone is always surprised to find out how quick and simple it actually is!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this classic Southern recipe for dessert as much as I do. Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you make it and how it came out!
Oh, and if you want to try out another no bake recipe, these no bake cookies are a great one to make. All you need is a chocolate bar, butter, oats, and nuts!
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More Dessert Recipes
If you want to give some more delicious dessert recipes a try, we have plenty on the blog to choose from next!
Check all of these out:
- Biscoff cheesecake
- Funfetti cookies
- Salted caramel fudge
- Dunkaroo dip
- Churro cheesecake bars
- Double chocolate cookies
- 3-4 Bananas
- 1 large box (5.1 oz) Instant Vanilla or Banana Pudding
- 8 oz tub of Cool Whip
- 1 Box of Vanilla Wafers
- Put one layer of cookies on the bottom of a 13x9 casserole dish or trifle.
- Slice 1½ - 2 bananas up and layer on top of cookies.
- Follow instructions on the pudding box to make the pudding.
- Gently fold the whole tub of Cool Whip into the pudding, mixing well.
- Pour half of the pudding mixture on top of the first layer of cookies and bananas.
- Put a second layer of cookies and bananas on top of the pudding.
- Pour the rest of the pudding mixture on top of the second layer.
- Crush 4-6 cookies up and sprinkle on top.
- Refrigerate to set until serving.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g