Creamy Banana Pudding

Emma Atterberry
This classic banana pudding would be at home on any Southern table.

About the recipe

An easy-to-make creamy banana pudding recipe featuring vanilla wafers, sweet condensed milk, and maraschino cherries for garnish.

Serves: 8

Hands On Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup cold water

1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix

1 pint heavy whipping cream

60 vanilla wafers

2 bananas, thinly sliced into rounds

3 maraschino cherries, for garnish


In a mixing bowl, stir together the condensed milk and water until well-combined. Add the pudding mix and whisk until smooth. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, using an electric beater, whip the whipping cream until stiff. Fold in the pudding mixture.

In a 2-quart serving bowl, spoon in enough of the pudding mixture to cover the bottom. Top with a layer of vanilla wafers and a layer of banana and then cover with a layer of pudding. Repeat layers, ending with the pudding. Garnish with cherries. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.