I don’t love box pudding mixes. I feel like they have a processed almost fake taste… I know. I know. I mean, I will still eat them, but take an extra 15 minutes and make homemade pudding. It will up your banana pudding game so much! It sounds fussy but trust me, it couldn’t be easier! If you really want to go the extra mile, use freshly whipped cream instead of cool-whip. Enjoy!

Banana Pudding

1 recipe Vanilla Pudding (recipe below)
8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed (or use freshly whipped cream)
3 bananas, sliced into 1/2″ slices
40 Nilla Wafers

for the vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 tbsp butter

1. In medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add milk and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat. Add vanilla bean paste and butter and whisk to combine. Transfer to bowl and place plastic wrap directly onto surface of pudding. Place in the fridge and chill completely.
2. Once pudding is chilled – at least a couple hours or overnight, assemble the pudding.
3. In bottom of 9 inch square or round dish, layer 1/2 the wafers. Top with 1/2 the bananas, 1/2 the pudding, and 1/2 the whipped topping. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
4. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Categories: Pies and Tarts, Pudding

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