Banana Pudding

This is the best banana pudding recipe!  This homemade banana pudding recipe is simple and delicious.

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!The Fruitarian has been begging, begging I tell you, for another taste of this pudding.  Of the hundreds of recipes on this humble blog, this pudding, and the parfait I made with it, are his most memorable.

And, if you can believe it, I almost didn’t share it with him.

Here’s the story.  I gave the kids a lunch for school.  A ham sandwich, saltine crackers with plum jam, a yogurt, granola bar, and some homemade chocolate pudding.  I reminded them to bring their lunch boxes home and rinse out the containers that held the pudding and jam.  And how many children actually brought their lunch boxes home?

Zero.  Zero out of three.  Making me one supremely irritated Mama.

I ask you, how can a self respecting mother send more pudding with children who were irresponsible with their last helping?

But, in the end, I was a softie.  I couldn’t say no to the boy who had been begging for months for more banana pudding.

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!

When he spotted me making the pudding, The Fruitarian asked me whether I had been hiding bananas from him.

“Yep,” I replied.  “I’ve been hiding them right here on the counter.  Out in the open.  In plain view.”

He probably saw the zucchini that sat next to them and thought, “Nothing to see here.”

Banana Pudding from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Creamy, delicious, EASY, and homemade!

I do love this pudding, though.  You can make it nice and creamy by mashing the bananas really well, or you can give it a little texture by leaving some chunks of banana in there.

We chose the chunky stuff.

With whipped cream.

And we’re hoping to revisit this one again soon.

 

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4.9 from 7 reviews
Banana Pudding
 
A creamy, homemade banana pudding.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • dash salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place bananas, milk, and cream in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling. Mash bananas and mix into milk.
  2. In a separate small dish, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. When milk mixture is almost boiling, add sugar mixture and mix well.
  3. In a small dish, lightly beat egg yolks. Place a small amount (about ½ cup) of the milk mixture into the eggs. Mix together, and return mixture to the saucepan.
  4. Bring pudding to a boil, and boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Place in individual ramekins or one large bowl, cover with plastic, and chill for an hour. Pudding can also be eaten warm. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

 

21 thoughts on “Banana Pudding

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  2. Sherilsl

    I just made this right now. It’s in the fridge cooling down. I love that it actually “tastes” like banana and not the processed banana flavor of the boxes. It smells divine and the spoon sample I had made me quite happy I made it. Thank you for a dilicious recipe my family will enjoy.

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  3. Rachel

    Was craving some banana pudding and saw this surfing for recipes on Pinterest. Simply divine! This is definitely something I would make again and again. So easy too – Thank you for sharing!

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  4. kelly

    You put vanilla in the ingredients but it’s not used in the recipe! Where do you add it? With the milk and cream in the beginning?

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    1. Jen Post author

      Oops, sorry! I’ll fix that in the recipe card now. Vanilla gets added at the very end after you remove it from the heat. Vanilla is mostly alcohol and will cook out very quickly, so it’s best to add it after it’s done cooking.

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  5. Anna

    Hi Jen! Can I use half and half rather than whipping cream? I am guessing no, but had to ask, as it’s all I have on hand! 🙂

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    1. Jen Post author

      Well, it won’t turn out as creamy, but it might work. Sometimes you just have to make do with what you’ve got!

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    2. Liza

      I made it with whole milk yogurt instead of cream because that’s what I had. It was amazing. I will definitely be making this pudding again. Thank you for the recipe!

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  6. Dawn

    I just made this about 35 to 40 minutes ago. I didn’t use any whipping cream (although now I know that is to make it creamier). I just used a little flour to help it thicken, doubled up on the recipe and added crushed cookies in layers with pudding. It tasted great when I sampled it, but hubby will have the final say, of course. Thanks for this great recipe. I don’t like pudding much, but I think I will try this again.

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  7. JanShwetz

    Great banana pudding! Other recipes just put sliced banana on top of vanilla pudding and call it banana pudding. This is simple and tastes great without adding vanilla wafers or carmel sauce. Yum

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  9. Chelsea

    Thank you for this recipe! Whenever I look for a banana pudding it’s just sliced bananas and not blended. Going to make a pie with this tonight 🙂

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      1. CheeseDoodleBandit

        Thanks for replying! I made some (this recipe is super delicious), and while pudding generally doesn’t last more than a day or two around here, this was still good 4-5 days later.

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  10. Ashley

    i used a diffferent recpie that called for just vanilla pudding with bananas and waffers and whipped cream. but i infused the banana and milk cause i wanted real bananas in the pudding. my problem is its not pudding consistancy i have added more cornstrach but it is still not thicking what can i do?

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    1. Jen Post author

      Ashley, when you adjust the recipe, you’re going to get different results. Without knowing exactly what recipe you’re using, it’s hard to say what the issue is. This recipe uses a ratio of 1 cup of milk to 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, but the mashed fruit changes the consistency a bit. The vanilla pudding recipe I like uses a ratio of 1 cup milk to less than 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, so the rest of the ingredients you use definitely matter. Be sure you are letting the pudding come to a boil, since that is what activates the cornstarch to actually thicken the mixture. Good luck!

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