BANANA PUDDING

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This all American classic No-Bake Banana Pudding dessert is a combination of the best banana pudding recipes I’ve made over the years. It incorporates the ease of instant pudding and store bought cool whip with the rich creaminess of cream cheese and real whipped cream.

All this goodness is topped with beautiful, buttery, delicious Pepperidge Farm Cheeseman Cookies and an extra layer of yum tucked inside. Yep…it’s good and Yep…worth every single calorie!

close up of single piece of banana pudding with a secret layer arrow

Good Banana Pudding is by far one of my top 3 favorite desserts to make. Great Banana Pudding is no doubt my number one favorite dessert! This recipe is beyond great!

The amount of fluff the ingredients creates is enough to fill one very large dish…like bigger than this 9″x13″ by almost double. That’s why I call it an almost doubled recipe.

Finished Banana Pudding with Chessman Cookies on top

You can easily make this for a larger party or split it into two dishes and have enough to give as a gift as we did here. Our friend Xena had her wisdom teeth out and the jumbo pan was her treat…I’m hoping she shared!

Small pan of banana pudding with chessman cookies on top and a banana and cookie on a towel in the background

HOW DO YOU MAKE THE BEST EVER BANANA PUDDING?

This easy no-bake recipe can be done a day ahead and placed in the fridge. In fact, it’s probably better done a day in advance, all the flavors would really meld together.

If you do make it ahead of time, I would recommend using the sprinkled lemon juice on the bananas. Brown bananas are still good just not that appealing.

collage of pudding and cool whip mixture being mixed. instructions on the pictures.
bottom layer of cookies and sliced banana collage with text instructions

STEP BY STEP FOR THE EASIEST BANANA PUDDING

STEP ONE… Mix together instant pudding mix and milk with a hand mixer. When done and let stand for a couple of minutes, add in softened cream cheese, extract, and whipping cream and mix again until thick and creamy. Almost like whipped whipping cream. This might take about 5 minutes.

Fold in thawed Cool Whip into pudding mixture.

STEP TWO… Toast sliced almonds in a nonstick skillet until just tan. Let cool. Mix in a few crushed cookies.

STEP THREE… LAYERS… First layer of cookies goes on the bottom of the pan, then sliced bananas, sprinkle with a little lemon juice if desired, then sprinkle nutmeg on top of bananas.

Spread about 1/3 of pudding mixture on top of bananas. Smooth out with a rubber spatula.

Then sprinkle toasted almond mixture on top of the pudding. Note: This step is truly optional but it adds a little nutty crunch in the middle of a delicious bite.

STEP FOUR… Repeat step three.

STEP FIVE… End with a final layer and then cover with a layer of cookies.

STEP SIX… Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for a couple of hours or the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

collage of layering banana pudding and text of instructions written on the pictures
collage of final layer of banana pudding assembly with a final layer of cookies

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • 2 small french vanilla instant pudding boxes. Banana or regular vanilla instant pudding mix can also be used
  • 1.5 cup milk
  • 6-8 ripe bananas
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 16 oz creamy cool whip
  • 1 tsp almond extract, optional
  • 3 packs Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies or vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • nutmeg – sprinkled on top of banana layer optional
  • lemon juice, drizzle prevents bananas from turning brown
ingredients needed for banana pudding

EXTRA TIPS

Banana Pudding is one of those dishes where you can get creative. Here are a few extra ideas for making ordinary Banana Pudding into an exceptional, memory making event!

TIP: USE PLENTY OF BANANAS (4 or 5)!

  • Add toasted coconut to the almond cookie mixture
  • Try adding a layer of marshmallows!
  • Beat in some marshmallow fluff to the whipped ingredients
  • Add blueberries or white chocolate chips

Pro Notes:

If you can’t find the Chessman Pepperidge Farm Cookies then use the traditional Vanilla Wafers. You could also use graham crackers or maybe a thin sugar cookie. A chocolate cookie…maybe??

If you don’t want to use whipping cream then by all means leave it out! Use extra cool whip instead or a double batch of instant pudding.

NOT IN THE MOOD FOR BANANA PUDDING…TRY THESE👇

Cherry Shortbread Fluff Bars…cold, creamy and so delicious!

Blueberry White Chocolate Lemon Bars…Mom’s favorite Bar!

Red Cherries, White, and Blueberry Cookies…perfect for any red, white, and blue occasion.

Key Lime Cast Iron Ice Box Pie…Yep, Yep, Yep!!!

Single serving of the best banana pudding on a clear plate

Easy Decadant Banana Pudding

This classic American Banana Pudding Recipe is cold and creamy with many easy layers of pillowy soft pudding, crunchy buttery texture, with a little extra nutty layer of deliciousness tuck inside. You will never make it any other way.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, chessman cookies, Cool Whip, easy, instant pudding, southern
Prep Time 25 minutes
Refridgeration Time 2 hours
Servings 25
Calories 250kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 2 small french vanilla instant pudding boxes banana or regular vanilla can be substituted
  • 1.5 cup milk
  • 6-8 ripe bananas
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 16 oz creamy cool whip
  • 1 tsp almond extract optional
  • 3 packs Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies or vanilla wafers
  • 1 cup sliced optional
  • nutmeg – sprinkled on top of banana layer optional
  • lemon juice, drizzle prevents bananas from turning brown

Instructions

  • Mix together instant pudding mix and milk with a hand mixer. Let stand for a couple of minutes or until thick.
  • When pudding mixture is thick add in softened cream cheese, extract, and whipping cream. This should be thick and creamy. Like beautiful ribbons of whipped whipping cream.
  • Slightly toast sliced almonds in a non stick skillet until just turning tan. Let cool. Mix in a few crushed cookies.
  • Fold in thawed Cool Whip into pudding/cream cheese mixture.
  • Layer cookies on the bottom of the pan, then sliced bananas, sprinkle with a little lemon juice if desired, then sprinkle nutmeg on top of bananas.
  • Layer folded pudding mixture on top of bananas.
  • Layer with toasted almond mixture on top of pudding. This step is truly optional but it adds a little nutty crunch in the middle of a delicious bite.
  • Layer another layer of sliced bananas. Then sprinkle lemon juice and nutmeg on top of bananas.
  • End with a final layer of pudding/cream cheese mixture then cover with a layer of cookies.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for a couple of hours or refridgerate for about 4 hours.
  • Enjoy!!!

Kitchen Items You Will Need:

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Speaking from personal experience, this pudding is delicious! Xena did share!

Thank you Gena! We love Miss Xena!

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