Go bananas over these top-rated desserts.
Layers of vanilla custard, cookies, and sliced bananas are topped with whipped cream to make this quintessentially Southern dessert. But it how did banana pudding come to be associated with the South? The truth is, there's no clear reason. It could be that the dish doesn't traditionally require baking, so it was good to make during the brutal summer heat. Or it could be that it can be made in large quantities, making it ideal for Southern social events like potlucks and tailgates. No matter its history, banana pudding is a crowd-pleasing dessert that’s surprisingly easy to make. Learn how to make banana pudding with 11 of our best banana pudding recipes that even your grandma would be impressed by.
"This is the same recipe that my mother has made for years, and it is often said that it was this pudding that helped her snag her husband," says reviewer WOODANGELA. Learn why this classic banana pudding recipe has over 2,000 glowing reviews.
If you waited until the last minute to make your dessert for the potluck, this top-rated banana pudding recipe is ready in 10 minutes, start to finish. Reviewer JUSTCYN says, "My kind of recipe—very easy and fast to make and not a ton of complicated ingredients or instructions."
For those who prefer their banana pudding the old-fashioned way (i.e. without instant pudding) this recipe will not disappoint. "This was my first attempt at making homemade banana pudding because I always opt for the easy instant Jello way. But I’m through with instant pudding mix. This will be my one and only banana pudding recipe," says reviewer CityGirl6969.
Reviewer Erika Trott Nowell says, "I made this for my boyfriend's holiday work party which I understand is more like a cooking competition. That day I got a call from him with no less than eight women in his office demanding the recipe. Need I say more?"
Reviewer DCOKERS says, "I have become known for making this recipe. It is the biggest hit! It's very rich, but very good. I do two layers of vanilla wafers instead of just the one. Then crumble the remaining on top. I end up using almost a whole box of vanilla wafers. I also use 8-10 bananas because it is so creamy. I highly recommend this. It takes about 15 minutes and everyone will love it!"
This no-bake banana pudding is ready in just 25 minutes. Reviewer Sandra says, "My husband's favorite dessert is banana pudding, but I didn't make it often because it was so time-consuming. But this recipe is the greatest!"
The homemade custard is the key to this banana pudding! "Finally, a banana pudding like I remember. I've been trying to make a custard for banana pudding for the last 10 years, without success, and I've finally found it," says reviewer OUIJA123.
Amaretto liqueur puts the sin in this sinful banana pudding. Reviewer JKFOOTE says, "This banana pudding is fantastic! I have served it several times, always getting rave reviews. The amaretto is the key, also 5 bananas is the perfect number!"
This fiber-rich, rice pudding version of banana pudding is a treat that folks of all ages will enjoy. Reviewer lutzflcat says, "Oh my, this is crazy good! Don't care that it's quinoa, it tastes just like delicious rice pudding... In my opinion, the banana flavor is the superstar in this recipe, and one that I've never seen before in rice pudding. You can taste all the different layers of flavor working with each other harmoniously."
This summertime treat incorporates strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for a rainbow-colored dessert. Recipe creator MelodiesFromHeaven says, "This is a simple recipe but very creamy and delicious. It is requested at almost every family function! In addition to the vanilla pudding, you may also add chocolate pudding as a layer to make a banana pudding with chocolate and strawberries."
Chef John says, "If you like banana cream pie, you'll absolutely love baked banana pudding. Not only is there no pie crust to mess with, but I think the vanilla wafer cookies pair even more perfectly with the fruit and custardy pudding. We want the bananas to match the texture of the custard-soaked cookies, so make sure you buy them a week beforehand. Other than that, not much can go wrong with this simple Southern classic."