Simple Southern Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

by Melissa

Classic southern homemade banana pudding starts with the crunchy layer of vanilla wafers, layered with perfectly ripe banana slices and covered in the best homemade vanilla pudding you have ever tasted.

Classic southern homemade banana pudding starts with the crunchy layer of vanilla wafers, layered with perfectly ripe banana slices and covered in the best homemade vanilla pudding you have ever tasted.

If you grew up in the south then this style of banana pudding is the kind you always remember your mom or grandmother used to make.


Now you can make it for your family.



Ingredients you will need include…

  • 8 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • vanilla wafers (approximately 1 box)
Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.


Directions for cooking southern homemade banana pudding

Begin by mixing your flour, sugar, salt, milk, egg yolks and vanilla in a saucepan.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.


Cook on medium until thick, continuing to stir so that it doesn’t stick to your pan.

This will take approximately 15-20 minutes to thicken.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.

Layer the cookies and banana slices in bottom of the dish.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.


Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the top.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.


Repeat with a second layering of cookies, banana’s and the second 1/2 of the pudding.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.


The last step is to crunch up a few additional vanilla wafers and sprinkle on the top.

Some southern banana pudding recipes top their pudding with a traditional meringue. If you would like to stick to that, you can find how to make a traditional meringue recipe here.

You could also top with whipped topping, which we think would be delicious as well.

I certainly don’t think you can go wrong with either topping as the true power player of this recipe is the rich vanilla egg custard.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.


Yes, you can eat this delicious southern homemade banana pudding straight away if you like it warm, otherwise, refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

This recipe is so easy, truly the only difficult part is waiting for it to chill before eating.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.


A few questions you might have…

Can banana pudding be made the night before?


Yes, most people actually prefer that it has time to sit in the refrigerator to become chilled, rather than eating straight from cooking.

Since it can be prepared ahead of time, Banana Pudding is a wonderful dessert to serve for picnics, barbecues, and potlucks.


Will bananas turn brown in pudding?


Yes, they will start to brown after a day or so. This is the reason it is important to get bananas that are ripe but not overripe.

The peel should be yellow with no green showing ,with very minimal to no signs of browning.

How Long Does banana pudding last in the fridge?


Banana pudding can be safely stored, covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding starts with layering Nilla wafers and perfectly ripe banana slices. Topped with delicious homemade vanilla pudding.

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Southern Homemade Banana Pudding

Southern Homemade Banana Pudding

Yield: 9 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3-4 bananas
  • vanilla wafers

Instructions

  1. Mix your flour, sugar, salt, milk, egg yolks and vanilla in a saucepan on medium until thickened. Continue to stir constantly as it will stick. This will take approximately 15-20 minutes to thicken.
  2. Place a layer of bananas and cookies in bottom of dish.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the mixture of pudding over the bananas and cookies.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
  5. Crumble a few vanilla wafers and sprinkle on top.

Notes

You can eat this dish straight away if you like it warm otherwise refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Some people like to serve topped with meringue or whipped topping. You can do as you desire.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 255 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 91mg Sodium: 92mg Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 30g Protein: 6g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


If you enjoyed this pudding recipe here are even more banana recipes you might enjoy as well.


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11 comments

Fairhope Supply Co. November 4, 2013 - 8:27 PM

First, this sounds yummy! Second, I like how the word “bananas” looks with the font you use.
I know, I’m a little crazy that way.

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Coastal Cottage Dreams November 4, 2013 - 9:34 PM

Love it! One of my favorites!

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Michelle November 28, 2013 - 12:38 AM

SO good! Thanks for sharing.

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Anna boisvert October 12, 2017 - 4:14 PM

On your banana poke cake I think you have error in directionyou call for 3cup of water instead of milk

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Melissa October 12, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Thank you, Anna, I went in and fixed it.

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Michelle November 27, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Do you cook this or just mix? Wondered about the eggs.

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Melissa December 2, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Yes, as the directions state you cook the pudding mixture until thickened.

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Rebekah Wiebe December 2, 2019 - 9:53 PM

This sounds amazing! I’m wondering what temperature to cook it at? Thanks 😊

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Melissa December 3, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The mixture will cook on medium heat in the saucepan, no cooking in the oven is required.

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Kathy December 2, 2019 - 10:16 PM

At what temperature do you cook the pudding?

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Melissa December 3, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The mixture will cook on medium heat in the saucepan, no cooking in the oven is required.

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