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Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

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Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe is a Quick and Easy dessert recipe that contains an extra ingredient to make it sweet and creamy. Be sure to make this recipe!

close-up side view Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe in dish

Y’all why is it already February?!?

It seems like just yesterday I was taking my Christmas tree down and putting it away. But then again I did not actually take my Christmas tree down until the second week of January. I am never ready to put my Christmas tree away and if I could get away with leaving it up all year without judgement then I would do just that.

Anywho…Back to February…It is Black History Month! The month in which we celebrate all things melanated from achievements to culture, history, music, and of course food. Being raised in the South, it should come as no surprise that many of my fondest memories of being with family included food in some way. Food was and still is a big part of birthdays, church gatherings, holiday celebrations, and family reunions. At any one of these events, you would definitely find on the table cornbread, collard greens, fried chicken, candied yams, pound cake, and banana pudding just to name a few. Yep, I come from a big family so that means lots of food.

Now at these family gatherings, someone was always going to ask who made what because some relatives are just known for making certain delicious dishes. My mom makes amazing potato salad, my aunt makes delicious buttery cornbread, and my cousin makes the best homemade banana pudding ever. His banana pudding is so good in fact, that no one has ever been able to get their hands on his special recipe, but that will not stop me from sharing my recipe with you that I believe is pretty darn similar and just as tasty.

When you make a homemade banana pudding recipe there are 3 very important elements that you absolutely must have and they are bananas (obviously), vanilla wafer cookies, and pudding. To make a good banana pudding you want to choose bananas that are ripe but not mushy. For the vanilla wafers, you can choose according to your preference of brand. When it comes to pudding you can make it from scratch or a box, again this is a preference and depends on how much time you have. These are the basics, but if you want to take an extra step and create a meringue topping or use a pre-made whipped topping that will give you everything that you need to create a banana pudding for any get together.

But just in case you need more recipes to cover you or you do not want to be in charge of making the banana pudding, then no worries because I got you covered with 27 of my black food blogger friends as we come together to participate in a Black History Month Virtual Potluck. Each one of us has teamed up to share with you 28 yummy recipes that include African, Creole, Caribbean, and Southern influence. Each blogger has chosen to share with you so many great recipes in fact that you could make 1 each day of Black History Month to have a tasty celebration.

Overhead view of Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Overhead view of Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe is a Quick and Easy dessert recipe that contains an extra ingredient to make it sweet and creamy. Be sure to make this recipe!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana pudding
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Resting Time: 3 hours
Servings: 16
Calories: 245kcal


  • 6 to 8 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 boxes vanilla wafers
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 box 5 oz. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 container 12 oz. whipped topping


  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, mix together the vanilla pudding mix, milk, and condensed milk until well blended and thick.
  • Arrange the vanilla wafers in the bottom of a baking dish, top with a layer of sliced banana, and top by spreading the vanilla pudding.
  • Repeat all of the layers, top with the whipped topping, and sprinkle some crushed wafers on top.
  • Refrigerate the homemade banana pudding recipe for 3 hours.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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close-up view Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe in small dish with spoon


28 recipes from the best black food bloggers from around the web

Meiko and the Dish | Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses

Whisk It Real Gud | Trinidad Oxtail Pelau

Raised on Ramen | Caramelized Plantain Tacos with Pecan-Honey Butter

Dash of Jazz | Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler

Foodie In New York | Twice Baked Yams

The Seasoning Bottle | Jamaican Sorrel/Senegalese Bissap

Chef Kenneth | Smothered Okra with Shrimp

Savory Spicerack | Po’ Boys with Cajun Tempura Shrimp

Chocolate For Basil | Groundnut Stew (Peanut Stew)

My Forking Life | Callaloo and Saltfish

Gucci Belly | Swamp Water

Kaluhi’s Kitchen | Ukwaju (Tamarind) Marinated Spicy Chicken Thighs

Sweet Savant | Coffee-Rubbed Lamb Ribs

Salty Sweet Life | Southern Greens Shakshuka

Eat.Drink.Frolic. | Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I Heart Recipes | Southern Fried Cabbage

Jehan Can Cook | Mango Turmeric Smoothie

Margarita’s On The Rocks | Lemon Pepper Fish Tacos with Collard Green Slaw

A Soulful Twist | Slow-Cooker Gumbo (Gluten Free)

The Kitchenista Diaries | Coconut Milk Braised Collard Greens

My Life Runs On Food | Orange Chocolate Smoothie

Butter Be Ready | Skillet Cornbread

Domestic Dee | Shrimp Creole

D.M.R. Fine Foods | Curry Chicken Pot Pie

The Inner Gourmet | Lamb Fried Rice

Marisa Moore Nutrition | Hoppin’ John Patties with Warm Tomato Salsa

The Hungry Hutch | Blood Orange Cornmeal Cake

If you decide to join in on the fun and try my homemade banana pudding recipe or any one of these recipes, be sure to share it on social media using the hashtag #BHMpotluck and be sure to click the links above to check out each recipe and leave a comment to tell them that Simply LaKita sent you 😉 Be sure to check out features about the #BHMPotluck on Blavity, Yummy Everyday, and Food 52.


  • Reply
    February 1, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Banana pudding is a staple of family get-togethers!

    • Reply
      February 2, 2017 at 11:54 PM

      Yes!! It is at my family gatherings as well 🙂

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    Elnora Fournier
    March 10, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Christmas 🎄 is my favorite holiday too Sweetie. Thank so much for reminding me about one of my favorite Desert banana putting. My grandmother 👵🏾 should me how to do this when I was a little girl.

    • Reply
      March 10, 2020 at 9:13 PM

      Thank you! That is awesome. I learned from my mom and I’m always sad to see Christmas go.

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