Banana Pudding has always been a staple at southern gatherings, and so I grew up seeing it served on holiday dessert tables. I have to admit, as a child, I was never a big banana pudding fan. And then, I discovered the old-fashioned way of making pudding from scratch, thanks to Southern Living magazine. I have been using this recipe from the Southern Living Annual Recipes Cookbook for the year 2000 (page 334) for 20 years now. I tried to find it online to link to it, but this Southern Living Banana Pudding recipe is as close as I could find. I only make the one written below.
This recipe is basically homemade vanilla pudding with layers of bananas and Nilla wafer cookies- and then topped with a fluffy meringue. It is a recipe with simple ingredients that combine to create a rich and flavorful dessert that keeps everyone going back for seconds (and asking for the recipe!).
Banana Pudding has become a tradition for our family on New Year’s Day. It is a perfect ending to a southern -style meal that we look forward to each January 1st. Luckily, this dessert works for any time of the year, and so keep it handy by Pinning it! It’s a delicious indulgence, and I hope you enjoy every bite!
To make this homemade, homestyle, old-fashioned, made-from-scratch banana pudding recipe, you will only need 9 ingredients. Follow along below for step by step instructions…
6 large ripe bananas
1 (12 oz.) box of Nilla Wafers
2/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 (14-oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 cups of milk
4 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For Meringue Topping
This is when you will use the egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to Make Banana Pudding:
Mix flour, 2/3 cup of sugar, and pinch of salt in a bowl.
In a medium sized pot, whisk egg yolks and both types of milks
Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and whisk constantly over low-medium heat. Whisk mixture for about 15 minutes until the pudding is smooth and thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
How to Assemble Banana Pudding:
Place 1/3 of Nilla wafers in the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish. Slice 2 bananas over the wafers and then add a layer of pudding. Repeat layering 2 sliced bananas and pudding two times. I also add Nilla wafers around sides and edges as the banana pudding gets taller in the dish. Simply push the wafers down into the mixture along the edges.
Next, prepare the meringue…
Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until they are foamy.
Using a tablespoon at a time, add the 1/3 cup of sugar to the egg whites and continue beating until stiff peaks appear and the sugar dissolves.
Mix in vanilla extract and then spread meringue mixture over top of pudding. Seal to the edges of the dish.
Bake at 325 degrees (F) until top is golden brown (about 20-25 mins.)
Let pudding set and cool. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
This banana pudding recipe yields 8-10 servings.
Here is a quick video I made on IGTV
I am grateful for my southern roots and for having Southern Living as a guide to so many delicious recipes. If you prefer a boxed pudding version, you can substitute boxed vanilla pudding for the homemade vanilla pudding- but I really think the homemade pudding is what makes this recipe shine!
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