Easy banana pudding made with instant banana pudding, sour cream, whipped topping, and lots of vanilla wafers. It tastes just like homemade, but a lot easier to make!
Homemade banana pudding. I just love the stuff! Especially southern banana pudding, because that’s the kind of banana pudding that I grew up on. My family never ever used pudding mix to make banana pudding. It was always homemade, and made from scratch. Lately, I’ve been breaking the family tradition. I’ve actually been cheating a bit, and I’ve been dabbing with instant pudding. However, I’ve been mixing it with a couple of other ingredients to make it taste homemade.
Let me just say, that no one has been complaining! Not even the picky folks. Believe it or not, everyone loves this vanilla wafer banana pudding! They like this banana pudding recipe so much, that they have already been calling and requesting that I make for the holidays!
What’s the secret to making this semi-homemade banana pudding taste like a classic homemade dessert?
So what’s my secret? Well it’s simple. I use Cool Whip, sour cream, and I mix it with the boxed instant pudding mix – along with some milk of course! It’s really easy stuff. Oh- and I add plenty of vanilla wafers.. That’s why I call it vanilla wafer banana pudding! Because it’s packed with them!
This easy banana recipe is super quick and easy to make. So you don’t have to worry about being in the kitchen all day with this one.
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Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding
- 3.4 oz Instant vanilla pudding mix
- 4 large bananas sliced
- 16 oz whipped topping Cool Whip or Generic
- 8 oz sour cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 11 oz vanilla wafers
- In large bowl combine the whipped topping, pudding mix, sour cream, and milk.
- Mix everything until it’s well incorporated.
- Line cookies at the bottom of your bowl or container, then a layer of pudding mixture.
- Next add some of the bananas, then the cookies.
- Repeat until everything is in the bowl.
- Cover & refrigerate for a minimum of two hours.
- Serve & enjoy!
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I Rosie what about a Rum cake?
I’ve searched and didn’t find a Rum Cake recipe, are you working on one?
BTW I made your seafood, chicken, and andouille sausage gumbo….DELICIOUS!
Hi there. I don’t have a rum cake uploaded yet.
You didn’t add the size or the amount of box(es) of pudding mix.
So sorry Sasha! It’s a 3.4 oz package.
Rosie will you be posting a video of this although simple videos give me comfort that I’m doing it right
Maybe in the future 🙂
What size and quantity of pudding does the recipe call for?
3.4 oz package of instant vanilla pudding.
Luana Thomason says
The ingredients listed above does not show the instant pudding.
3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding
Linda Miller says
Do you recommend using a hand mixer to incorporate the ingredients in the banana pudding or a spoon?
By the way, this looks amazing.
You can use a either or 🙂
Nae Nae says
What flavor pudding mix do you use?
3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
pam washington says
how many boxes of pudding mix did you use, it don’t say on the recipe printout.
3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix 🙂
OK this is my favorite desert next to cheese blintzes (well maybe those are a meal), anyway now that this recipe is made with instant pudding I will soon be in heaven.
Thanks so much for this recipe.
Thanks for coming by Gail!
Hi Rosie …when do you add the vanilla wafers
Hi Demetria, during the layering process. right after you layer the bananas.
I have to admit that i like the ratchet banana flavored pudding… Do you think it would be good with it?
I’m going to say no, because I don’t like the banana flavor, but you can use it if you do.
Heu Rosie how about some good vegeterian meals?
I have some coming after the holidays 🙂
Jen Moore says
All of your recipes look great. Cant wait to try them out!!
Hi Rosie, do I need to prepare the pudding mix before adding to cool whip?
Marlicia Jacobs says
Hello Roasie, I am not sure if this will reach you in time but may I have the ingredients and measurements for the Sock it to me Cake. It’s found on youtube but the receipe is not available
The recipe is being revised, and it not available at this time. Sorry!
Rosie! I just want to tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes. You took my cooking to a whole nother level and made me love cooking again. Girl! Your recipies are simple, easy to follow along with, AFFORDABLE. I can go on and on. So far I’ve made your spiral ham, greens, and candies yams. Right now I’m making your beef ribs, scalloped potatos, oven corn on the Cobb AND banana pudding. So fats it’s all been a hit with my family. I just needed to tell you I love you! Keep it up!!
Hi Krystal!! Thanks so much for trying my recipes!! I appreciate you coming by. XOXO
Just tried this today it was my very first time making any kind of banana pudding. My Husband LOVED it and said it was a HIT and he can’t wait til I make it again!! Thanks for all your recipes even the cheat ones like this help novice cookers like myself.
YAY!! I’m glad that you liked it Vee!!
Sabrina newmans says
I just love your recipes make me want to cook again!
Hi Rosie are you saying 3 boxes of pudding or 3.4 oz box .
The recipe says 3.4 oz 🙂
Hi, just found your recipes and made your cornbread dressing and it was delicious!!! How many servings is this banana pudding recipe?
Thanks so much! Several years ago, I tried making banana pudding from scratch. It was a total disaster that discouraged me from ever trying again.
Your recipe is crazy easy and yummy! I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream as a healthier substitute.
Can we substitute the sour cream?
No, for best results follow the recipe listed.
LaJuanne Hunter says
Omg, this looks delicious, can’t wait to make it!!
Antonio Brown says
I haven’t had a decent banana pudding since, I was a little kid. Far too long. This one seems pretty simple. Will have to make this week.
I just made this today and it tastes wonderful!! Best banana pudding I’ve ever had, yet so simple!! Never knew sour cream could make it taste so smooth and creamy!! Thank you!!
This was a hit, thanks for the simple yet wonderful recipe.