Give Paula Deen a run for her money with this recipe for Southern banana pudding from scratch!
This sweet treat was a childhood necessity in my family growing up. My mom made banana pudding from scratch, and I have great memories of licking the pudding bowl while it was still warm.
Sometimes I would hover in the kitchen, sneaking the Nilla Wafers, and now when I make this recipe, my kids do the same to me.
You can make this banana pudding easy peasy with real bananas, real cream, Nilla Wafers, and of course some butter!
This recipe is one of those you never forget, and is still easy enough to make in an afternoon, and even enlist the help of kids. Layering the vanilla wafers and bananas, these can be made in any cups or even ramekins for individual servings. Have fun creating this amazing comfort food in a cup!
P.S. Need another recipe to help use up those ripe bananas? Try this gluten-free banana bread recipe!
Common Questions About Making Southern Banana Pudding from Scratch
- Can banana pudding be made a day ahead of time? Real southern banana pudding is one of those magical dishes that actually gets better with time. So yes, feel free to make it in advance!
- How do you thicken banana pudding? There are different ways you can thicken up banana pudding, but in this recipe we use cornstarch and heat.
- How long does banana pudding last in the fridge? Since we’re using fresh, real ingredients, you’ll want to eat your “from scratch” banana pudding within a week.
- How ripe should bananas be for banana pudding? You want to use really ripe bananas for a good southern banana pudding, so wait until they’re getting brown spots on the peels!
- Do bananas ripen faster in plastic bags? Since you want really ripe bananas for this banana pudding recipe, you may need to help speed up the process a bit. Bananas actually ripen faster in a paper bag than a plastic bag because it allows oxygen to get through but traps the ethylene gas that the banana
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Tips When You’re Making This Southern Banana Pudding Recipe
- Be patient. This banana pudding recipe is so much more delicious if you wait for the bananas to get ripe!
- It’s all about the layers. Layering the ingredients and then letting the flavors meld is what makes this such a delicious dish — especially as banana pudding parfaits!
- Homemade is best. This recipe is all about being made from scratch*. Yes, even for the homemade whipped cream**!
- Get the kids involved. This is a great recipe to make with kids. Let them stir and layer and pour. They’ll love the memories you’re making together!
*You know what else is delicious and made from scratch? This pumpkin whoopie pie recipe!
**This strawberry whipped cream would be a fun way to add a unique flavor element.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 7g
Stephanie is an Arizona resident who owns her own small business & blog all about providing custom styling and photography for businesses, photographers, event planners and other bloggers. Being a mom of 3 little girls surely keeps her busy at home, but she loves to share her passion for beautiful shots and fresh style with others. As a family, Stephanie loves to play outside and spend a lot of time crafting or making yummy food to eat.