banana pudding recipe with meringue
My Favorite Banana Pudding Recipe
banana pudding recipe with meringue

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…

banana pudding recipe with meringue

My Favorite Banana Pudding Recipe


  • 6 large ripe bananas
  • 1 12 oz. box of Nilla Wafers
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Meringue Topping

  • This is when you will use the egg whites
  • cup sugar
  • ½ tsp 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!

For more banana-inspired posts, visit these fun ideas from The Party Wagon…

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Thanks for being here!


Lydia xo

easy disco ball decorations for new years eve chandelier decoration
Quick & Easy New Year’s Eve Party Ideas
new year's eve party ideas disco ball decorations hanging from chandelier with ribbon

Starting fresh in a new year always feels exciting and worth celebrating, right? There is something special about the end of one moment in time and the immediate beginning of something all new. Although I love a big party, I also love quick and easy ideas to mark a special occasion! Here are some of my favorite quick and easy New Year’s Eve party ideas that I enjoy putting together for my family…

easy disco ball decorations for new years eve chandelier decoration

Set the scene with disco ball ornaments. This is an easy New Year’s Eve party idea that can also be used for other parties (such as dance party ideas and pop-star party ideas) or re-used from year to year. The ornaments shown differ in size and have mirrored glass around them-but sequined versions are lighter and may be easier to find. Either way, they are festive and fun!

easy new years eve party ideas with disco ball chandelier

Group them together for impact and hang them from a chandelier with your choice of ribbon. Simply tie each individual ornament with a measured amount of ribbon so that the disco balls hang where you would like for them to hang (being sure not to go too low and risk being bumped constantly). The color of ribbon can coordinate with your party colors or you can opt for a monochromatic look and hang with silver or white ribbon.

new years eve party ideas disco ball chandelier with ribbon

New Year’s Eve Party Food Ideas

It is always fun to add a little sparkle everywhere on New Year’s Eve, and the drink and food ideas for your party are no exception! 🙂 When you are ready to pour the bubbly for your guests, treat them to a star-shaped cookie decorating the glass…

easy new years eve party ideas star cookie on champagne glass

To keep this New Year’s Eve party idea easy, only decorate the points of the star cookies. This also keeps it from being too sweet with the champagne. I used a sugar cookie recipe from Jenny Cookies, a dot of frosting on each tip, and a pink pearl sprinkle. The small star cookie cutter has been in my collection for awhile and so I don’t remember where I found it. If the sugar cookie is too large for the champagne flute, lay the cookie flat on top of the glass instead. Your guests will still love the thought!

new years eve party ideas star cookies on champagne glasses

If you are like I am and often have kids (or teens) around on New Year’s Eve, remember to have some kid-friendly items to serve as you celebrate the new year. This party idea is a hit throughout the year and works well for birthday parties and celebrations, too! It is so easy but so fun! Buy your favorite mini doughnuts and stack them on a cake stand. Add party hat picks to the doughnuts in random places and you are all ready to serve!

easy new years eve party ideas doughnuts with party hats and disco balls

Another of my favorite party ideas for easy kids’ party food is dipped pretzel rods. We name these “Sparklers” at New Year’s Eve parties- in honor of the only fireworks my parents would let us use as kids! 🙂

easy new years eve party ideas pretzel sparklers

See below for a quick video of how I make them…

I hope these simple, quick New Year’s Eve party ideas are helpful for making your celebrations a little more fun! If you are looking for a few more ideas to add to your list, see this disco party for more!

new year's eve disco ball drinks with blue straws

And, I wish you the best in the coming year!

Cheers xo,


I have been waiting for this day, and it is finally here!  My SWEET friend, Norene, of the fabulous site called Party Pinching, has finally written a book full of her fantastic ideas for Sweet Treats for the Holidays!  I have enjoyed sharing Norene’s amazing creativity with you throughout the years, and each time I would tell her that she really ought to write a book!  I am so thrilled that she did AND that she is offering one for free to one of you!  I am also adding in an AMAZON GIFT CARD!  You can have a step-by-step guide on making adorable treats for your holiday guests this year and get some of your holiday shopping, too!  What a great gift to kick-off this holiday season!

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I am in love with every detail of this “Sparkle in the New Year” party design by Couture Events by LottieIt is fabulous for New Year’s Eve and way beyond!  Bright punches of color against white and sparkly decorations dotted here and there make this party truly shine.  Everyone deserves to sparkle…so shine on!

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Add some fun to your New Year’s Eve Celebration with these FREE (!) Printables from Louisa at Bespoke Party Products!  Louisa designs party products that arrive at your door assembled, but today she is offering free printables that you can download immediately at your home and print as many as you need for your celebration!  You can have banners, candy bar wrappers, wine tags, straw flags, drink bottle wrappers and more!  I love the cute font!  GO HERE for your free download, and please stop by and give Bespoke Party Products a “Like” on Facebook!



New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and, with Christmas decorations still twinkling around the house, it is the perfect opportunity to use what is already decking your halls to also ring in the new year!  Deanna, of Mirabelle Creations, shows us how to do just that!  I love the color scheme of pink, red, and silver- a fresh take from the traditional blue, black, or gold! 

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CONFETTI FETE’~ Celebrate Favorite Things

There is nothing like the bright POP of confetti against a crisp white background…and that is what makes these great party ideas from Renee, of The Creative Orchard, so fun and exciting!  Having a party to share your favorite things is a wonderful idea for grown-ups and children~ a great way to start a new year or for anytime during the year!  Read on for the details and enjoy the party inspiration from the beautiful photos!  I just love the bright, cheery, over-sized confetti!

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