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Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Originally published 4/22/13. Updated with new photos and tips on 3/22/18. 

Creamy vanilla pudding layered with vanilla cookies and fresh bananas make this the ultimate old-fashioned banana pudding recipe.

Banana pudding in a white baking dish with a plate of banana pudding next to it


When it comes to certain foods, like brownies or chocolate chip cookies, I’m a recipe collector. No matter how much I may like my recipes, I’m always trying new recipes for those foods.

And then there are the foods like banana pudding (or banana puddin’ as we like to call it). You see, this has always been the banana pudding recipe.

Process pictures that show layers in banana pudding

I have so many memories of my mom making this banana pudding, and now I make this recipe for my kids.

Banana pudding with unbaked and baked meringue on top

 Tips for making old-fashioned banana pudding

  • Use bananas that are just barely ripe. I like mine to have a little green on the ends. Bananas that are just ripe slice well and keep their shape better in the pudding. Overripe bananas turn to mush in this pudding.
  • Slicing the bananas thinly makes it easier to stack the layers.

Banana pudding in a white baking dish next to a plate with banana pudding on it

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Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding is the classic, made-from-scratch recipe for banana pudding.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 364 kcal
Author i heart eating


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 large eggs separated
  • 4 cups milk skim is ok
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60 Nilla wafers
  • 5 ripe (not overripe) bananas, sliced*


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Whisk 1 cup sugar, flour, and salt together in the top of a double boiler.

  3. Stir in 6 egg yolks and milk.

  4. Cook over boiling water for 10-15 minutes, or until thickened, whisking constantly.

  5. Once thickened, remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Spread a little of the pudding mixture in the bottom of a baking dish. I used a 10.5x7.5-inch dish.

  7. Layer about 20 cookies, one third of the banana slices, and one third of the custard.
  8. Repeat layers two more times.
  9. Beat 6 egg whites to soft peak stage.

  10. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup sugar over egg whites; continue beating to stiff peak stage.

  11. Spoon egg whites over custard, sealing edges.
  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  13. Serve warm or chilled.
  14. Chill any leftovers.

Recipe Notes

  1. The bananas should not be too ripe. If they're too ripe, they will be difficult to slice, and they'll get very mushy in the pudding. 
  2. Nutrition facts are estimates.
Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Potassium 366mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 44g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 6.3%
Vitamin C 5.2%
Calcium 11.5%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding recipe is the original, made-from-scratch banana pudding recipe. Easy to make - no mixes needed!
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  • Reply
    April 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Holy cow! this was amazing! Thanks for the recipe.

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      April 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it! =)

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    July 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Made this tonight for a dinner party. My brother and father love banana pudding and this did not disappoint. My dad had 3 helpings and also helped himself to all the kids leftovers, which weren’t much! Thank you for the recipe! I personally prefer a bit more custard/pudding so I am hoping to multiply the pudding measurements by 1 1/2. It was decadent, creamy, and the flavors blended so nicely.

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      July 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      I’m so glad that your family liked it!! It’s great that you can find a way to adapt it to make it just the way you like it, too! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave such a nice comment!! =)

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    July 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I am so glad to have found this recipe. My mom and grandmother, along with my aunt’s used to make this and I never stuck around to see how it was made. It is like pulling teeth to get my sister to make it, so now I can surprise my husband with a real banana pudding instead of the pudding mix one that I normally make.

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      July 20, 2013 at 9:42 am

      That’s awesome!! I love hearing things like this! I hope you and your husband enjoy it!! =)

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    Joanne/Winelady Cooks
    May 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Love the idea of making banana pudding and using vanilla waffers. It’s definitely comfort food made easy. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

    One of the FFF co-hosts,

    • Reply
      May 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Thanks! This was the recipe that my mom made for us while we were growing up, so this is my favorite way to have banana pudding. Hopefully others enjoy it, too! =)

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    Marlys @Thisand That
    May 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    sounds great. Thanks for sharing on Foodie friends Friday.

    • Reply
      May 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Thanks! And thanks for hosting! =)

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    May 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Be still my heart! YUM! and a beautiful photo too… Thanks so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week… I hope you’ll come back to party with me again tomorrow! Have a great night! xoxo~ Ruthie

    • Reply
      May 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much! You always leave such nice comments!! =)

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    Melissa @ Keep Calm and Decorate
    May 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    This looks amazing! I have never had old fashioned banana pudding. I am going to have to try to make this. I am visiting from Tater Tots and Jello. :)

    • Reply
      May 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy it! =)

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    Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama
    May 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Girl, you are on a roll this week! I want to come to dinner at your house. ;) I have a huge bunch of quickly ripening bananas that are begging me to make them into this.

    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

    • Reply
      May 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks so much! Carrie, you would be welcome any time!! =)

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    Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    April 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #10!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

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      April 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks! =)

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    Shannon {Cozy Country Living}
    April 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    This looks delicious! I love that there is more cookie than pudding:) This is on my “things to make” list for this weekend..I can’t wait:) Yum!

    • Reply
      April 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thanks!! I hope you enjoy it! =)

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    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life
    April 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. I have a box of Nilla wafers just calling out for this recipe. I’m visiting from It’s Overflowing.

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      April 28, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Thanks so much for coming by!! I hope you enjoy the pudding! =)

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    April 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    This banana pudding looks great! That meringue takes it over the top. Warm out of the oven this must be amazing! I am a pudding person but the proportions of pudding to banana and cookie look just right to me. :)

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      April 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

      Thanks!! This is the only way my mom ever made banana pudding. I didn’t know that people made it without meringue until recently! =)

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    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
    April 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Looks like heaven….

    • Reply
      April 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Thanks!! =)

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    April 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Oh this looks so delicious – perfect comfort food! Thanks for the recipe! :)

    • Reply
      April 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks! And thanks so much for coming by to check it out!! =)

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    [email protected]
    April 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    This looks so divine! Nothing better than comforting banana pudding!

    • Reply
      April 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks! I agree! Banana pudding is total comfort food. =)

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