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Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Homemade Banana Pudding is probably the most popular Southern dessert.  Making banana pudding from scratch is easier than you might think and the results are worth the extra effort.

Homemade Banana Pudding with vanilla wafers and meringue topping

According to SeriousEats.com, banana pudding has been enjoyed by Americans in some form or another since the 1870s.  We can thank Laura Kerley for the idea of using vanilla wafers in the creamy, luscious dessert in the early 1920s.

Banana pudding took on a Southern identity in 1933 thanks to a syndicated column that offered a recipe for “Southern Banana Pudding.”

The best way to top banana pudding is with a layer of lightly sweetened meringue.  Once it has been baked, it is ready to be devoured once it has cooled just a bit.  Or if you prefer, you can chill it in the refrigerator and enjoy it cold.  Better yet – enjoy a bowl while it is still warm and then the next day have a serving of chilled banana pudding.

How To Make Banana Pudding

You probably already have most of the ingredients that are called for in this banana pudding recipe:

  • sugar
  • flour
  • salt
  • milk
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • vanilla wafers
  • bananas

Combine sugar, flour, and salt in the top of a double boiler*, stir in milk. Cook over boiling water, stirring until thickened.

Beat egg yolks and gradually stir into hot mixture. Return to double boiler; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, add vanilla.

Line one quart casserole with Bud’s Best Vanilla Wafers and top with sliced bananas. Pour 1/2 portion of custard over bananas. Repeat, ending with custard on top.

Beat egg whites stiff but not dry. Gradually add ¼ cup sugar and beat until mixture forms stiff peaks. Pile on top of pudding.

Bake in preheated 425-degree oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.

*If you don’t have a double boiler, you can place the sugar, egg yolks, flour, milk and salt in a small pot and then turn the heat to medium.  Stir continuously until it starts to thicken.  (It took me about 20 minutes to get it to the right stage.)

bowl of banana pudding
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Southern Banana Pudding

Delight your friends and family with this sweet dessert that you can make from scratch.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword banana pudding, desserts, southern, vanilla wafers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 264kcal
Author Bud’s Best

Ingredients

  • Two-thirds cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavor
  • Bud’s Best Vanilla Wafers
  • 6 ripe bananas sliced (thin)

Instructions

  • Combine sugar, flour and salt in the top of a double boiler, stir in milk. Cook over boiling water, stirring until thickened.
  • Beat egg yolks and gradually stir into hot mixture. Return to double boiler; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat, add vanilla.
  • Line one quart casserole with Bud’s Best Vanilla Wafers and top with sliced bananas. Pour 1/2 portion of custard over bananas. Repeat, ending with custard on top.
  • Beat egg whites stiff but not dry. Gradually add ¼ cup sugar and beat until mixture forms stiff peaks. Pile on top of pudding.
  • Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.

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Notes

This recipe comes courteous of Bud’s Best Cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 140mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g

No matter how you enjoy banana pudding – hot or cold – this recipe is delicious and so much better than those easy banana pudding recipes that are made from a mix.


Bud’s Best Cookies was very kind to allow me to share their recipe with you.  If you are not familiar with Bud’s Best Cookies, here’s a little background information: headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the first Bud’s Best cookies were sold in 1993.  Bud’s Best are known for their size – bite size.  One thing I love about the different varieties is that a 6 oz. bag at my local grocery store is only $1.

bags of cookies on a shelf

National Banana Pudding Festival

Did you know that there is a National Banana Pudding Festival?  The next fest will be October 6-7, 2018 in Centerville, Tennessee.  The annual festival began in 2009 as a nonprofit organization to help raise funds.  The two-day event includes fun activities for the whole family, along with arts and crafts booths.

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Ginger

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

This is the banana pudding recipe my family (both sides) has used as far back as I can remember, (my great- grandmothers). I’m cooking it now. Thanks for publishing it. It is absolutely THE BEST!

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Friday 27th of April 2018

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Wendy

Monday 28th of April 2014

OH MY WORD! This is my Grandma's recipe! I LOVE banana pudding!

Theresa

Friday 27th of September 2013

This looks so yummy!

nicole @nicky_olea

Wednesday 29th of May 2013

That looks soooooo good!