Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

A classic recipe for a banana dessert

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Chilling time 4 hours
Total 30 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 744 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 30 vanilla wafers
  • 2 large bananas cut into ¼-inch slices
  • ¾ cup heavy cream chilled
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  1. 1. Heat the milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Meanwhile, whisk the egg and yolk in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 20 seconds.
  2. 2. When the milk mixture reaches a full simmer, gradually whisk the simmering mixture into the egg mixture to temper. Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula; return to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds. Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla.
  3. 3. Strain the pudding through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to keep a skin from forming.
  4. 4. Line the bottom of a 1½-quart serving dish with vanilla wafers. On top of the wafers, place a layer of the sliced bananas. Pour ½ of the pudding over the bananas, and spread to the edges of the dish. Repeat the vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding again. Press plastic wrap against the surface of the pudding and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. 5. When ready to serve, whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread on top of the pudding and top with crushed vanilla wafers. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Banana Pudding Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 744 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 413mg18%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 100g33%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 68g76%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1125IU23%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 176mg18%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.