Cool whip, sweetened condensed milk, instant vanilla pudding mix, bananas, and vanilla wafers are used to make this quick and easy banana pudding recipe. Ideal for potlucks, family gatherings, and picnics.
Easiest Banana Pudding Recipe for dessert

Servings: 20 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

This easy recipe contains only 7 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.

It's also no-bake! So it's incredibly simple to prepare ahead of time for get-togethers, and the kids can participate as well.

How much should bananas be ripe for banana pudding?

The sweeter bananas become as they ripen. We also run the risk of the bananas becoming mushy. As a result, I recommend using medium-ripe bananas.

Suggestions and Variations

Here are some fun options to try if you want to spice things up a little bit.

  • Vanilla wafers are a traditional favorite, although butter cookies, Chessmen cookies, and graham crackers are also delicious.
  • Drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings.


  • 1 packet quick vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups chilled milk
  • 1⁄2 sweetened condensed milk can
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping (thawed)
  • 1 box of vanilla wafers
  • 6 bananas (sliced)


  1. For 2 minutes in a large mixing basin, combine pudding mix and milk. Mix in the condensed milk until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping once you've added the vanilla.

  2. Layer the wafers, bananas, and pudding mixture in a glass dish.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. It is also possible to chill it overnight.


Is it good to freeze banana pudding?

  1. To be completely honest, I do not suggest it. Because of its high water content, banana pudding is difficult to freeze. After thawing, the consistency changes considerably.

  2. Furthermore, the bananas will most likely turn dark and mushy.

  3. However, you can combine all of the ingredients and freeze them like ice cream or pudding popsicles.

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