Banana pudding recipe

This classic southern comfort food is actually very easy to make!

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While some may sniff at the use of packaged pudding, its presence lends to the simplicity of the dish. If you want something comforting, you probably want it now — why do all that work to make a custard and then wait for it to set up?

Classic banana pudding

Makes 8 generous portions


  • 1 large (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (12 ounce) box vanilla wafers
  • 3 bananas, super-ripe but not brown


  1. In a medium bowl, prepare the pudding as instructed on its box.
  2. Beat in the sour cream, making sure to blend well.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping just until no white streaks are present.
  4. In the bottom of a trifle bowl or other serving dish, put down a layer of vanilla wafers.
  5. Top with about a 1/4 of the pudding mixture and a layer containing half of the sliced bananas.
  6. Top this with another 1/4 of the pudding.
  7. The next additions will be a layer of cookies, a layer of pudding, the rest of the bananas and the rest of the pudding.
  8. For decorative purposes, adorn the top of the pudding with more wafers in an aesthetically-pleasing manner.
  9. Refrigerate at least 8 hours. However, this gets better the longer it sits.

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