The BEST Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe!

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If you want to be known for making the very BEST vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe EVER, you are in luck!

Make this for the 4th! You will become famous!

I will be glad to share with you the banana pudding that made me famous.

Alright, I might be exaggerating a tad, but trust me, people will be begging you for this scrumptious favorite.

Of course, you can dress up the banana pudding and make it look totally divine. So have FUN!

The BEST Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe

  • 1 large pkg of instant vanilla pudding, 6 oz
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 14 oz
  • 1 container of cool whip, 16 oz
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • Vanilla Wafers

vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe

In a large bowl, mix milk and pudding. Add condensed milk and blend well. Fold in half of the cool whip and alternate pudding, bananas, and vanilla wafers. Top with remaining cool whip and decorate with banana slices and vanilla wafers. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

This makes a lot so I am known to bring it to picnics, BBQ’s, and potlucks. You can’t go wrong! It has fruit in it, so it has to be healthy right?

You might want to try the BEST fruit dip! It’ll make you famous, too!


Where do you plan on bringing this so EASY vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe? Please be sure to come back and tell us how everyone raved about it!

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  1. Have been making this for about 20 years. A friend from Georgia introduced me to this little piece of heaven and it’s the only way I make it since!

  2. How many does this serve? We are having a crowd of 15-20 and I’m wondering if I need to double the batch. Thanks!

  3. This is probably a dumb question, but do you fold half of the cool whip into the pudding mixture ?

  4. How do you use “cook” pudding with this?

  5. Whipped cream instead of Cool Whip work?

  6. If I wanted to make a smaller version, should I do 1/2 of everything?

  7. Quick question.. Do you make the pudding as directed on the box and then add the milk and condensed milk?

    • Hi Ashley,

      No, you don’t make the pudding according to the directions. You mix with the milk and condensed milk. HTH!

  8. Lisa Ritscher says:

    Will the bananas turn brown after slicing + adding?

  9. Lisa Ritscher says:

    Just found iut to dip the bananas in lemon juice to stop them from browning. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. i can’t find a 6 oz. pkg. of jello I use 4?? Thks

  11. I make “Not Yo Mommas Banana Pudding”, which is very similar to this recipe. The recipe that I use came from Paula Dean and has too been tweaked. I add 8oz. of cream cheese and also use “French” vanilla pudding. I know what u mean about a recipe that will make you famous. Everyone requests this from me! This is what I use:

    4 bananas, sliced
    3 cups milk
    1 box Nilla Wafers
    2 small boxes instant FRENCH vanilla pudding
    1 {8 oz.} pkg. cream cheese
    1 {14oz.} can sweetened condensed milk
    1 {12 oz.} container Cool Whip

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