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 instant pudding mix(do not prepare the pudding according to the directions). 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

  12. Hi! I am a bit confused about the amount of pudding. The largest package they sold at my grocery store was 1.5 ounces, I need 4 of these and use only 2 1/2 cups of milk?


  13. coco fuentes says:

    I’m bring to the mayweather pacman fight tonight at my sisters

  14. karessa says:

    I followed this to a T and the pudding is runny! I’ve had it in the fridge for a few hours but it never thickened..

  15. Daisy May says:

    The directions on a 5.1 oz. box of Jello brand pudding call for 3 cups of milk. The directions in this recipe call for 2.5 cups of milk. If you followed the directions on the pudding box and used the extra 1/2 cup of milk; the pudding mix will be runny. Also, this recipe works best with whole milk. If you used anything less than whole, or tried using any form of nut milk, i.e., almond milk, the pudding mix will be runny. Other than that, I can’t think of why the recipe wouldn’t work exactly as described. Mine turned out perfect!! Thank you!!

    • You are not suppose to prepare the pudding, but just add it the other ingredients. HTH! I think that is where the confusion is and why it’s coming out runny for some.

  16. this is dumb, I’m not a cooker but how do you fold in half of the cool whip?

  17. My pudding never thickened. I followed the instructions, reread them 100 times did it exactly right and it was still runny.

    • You are not suppose to prepare the pudding according to the directions. Is that what happened? HTH!

      • I did what you said and didn’t follow the instructions on the box, it tastes good but was super runny, I doubled the recipe, and when I folded in the whip cream it was half frozen.

  18. Hi! I wanna try your recipe but I can’t find a 6oz of instant pudding. The biggest one I can find is 5.1 oz is that gonna work?

  19. Tiffany says:

    So I am confused. I have a large bowl of pudding.. it then says to add half of the cool whip.. and then alternate the pudding..? The pudding is all in the bowl already.. I don’t know what you mean. OR do I start a new bowl?

  20. When you say fold in cool whip and alternate pudding, banana and waffers; what exactly do you mean?

  21. Did mine exactly as written, and it’s runny. I will say that the cool whip was frozen. Could that bi it? I did not prepare the pudding.

    • Hi Ken,

      A few people have had this problem, and we don’t know why. Maybe it is the cool whip. I wish we could figure this out because it’s perfect for the majority of the readers. It’s a mystery.

      • Adding half frozen cool whip to your pudding mixture will make your pudding runny. Make sure your cool whip is completely thawed out. Then gently fold cool whip in pudding mixture.

  22. Patricia says:

    I love this recipe! I’ve made it 3 times, taken it to family events and you’re right – it DOES make a LOT! It’s a wonderful recipe that can be put together in about 10 minutes and then you can just sit back and listen to the compliments roll in. It’s turned out absolutely perfect every time. Thank you!

  23. My husband and sons loved it 😊Thank you for sharing this easy recipe😊

  24. Delicious!!!! My husband and children love it

  25. You should add to the recipe to use instant pudding mix. My girlfriend didn’t know and got the cook and serve and now we are stuck with a massive bowl of banana pudding soup basically.

  26. I made this and it turned out PERFECT! I used one small box of vanilla pudding and one box of banana pudding, the 2 1/2 cups milk, the condensed milk. I let it sit for 5 minutes then folded in the cool whip. Best banana pudding I have ever had!!! I finally found a keeper recipe.
    Maybe people are having runny pudding because they are getting the COOK instead of INSTANT pudding.

  27. Natalie Kolofa says:

    Mine turned out runny and I’m not sure why? The pudding mixture wasn’t thick enough to make the layers so I tried putting it in the fridge to thicken and hours later it’s a soupy mess! Help!

  28. How many layers did you do?

  29. THIS IS THE BEST recipe for banana pudding!! I’ve used it for years!!! Thanks

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