I had never even had banana cream pudding until a couple of years ago, and once I tried it, it was one of those things that I wondered where it has been all my life! It is just pure creamy delight, and you just can’t help feeling happy and satisfied when you eat it. It really is the ultimate comfort food, and is good for absolutely any season whatsoever!
I looked at quite a few recipes for banana cream pudding, and I think this one is the best (my favorite anyway!). I used 6 bananas in this recipe – you can use more if you like. I certainly wouldn’t use less, otherwise it won’t be that bananary (is that actually a word?!) a banana pudding. I think you can easily go to 7 or 8 bananas if you really want it to be very banana-tasting.
This banana cream pudding is extremely c-r-e-a-m-y! It contains Cool Whip, as well as cream cheese, and condensed milk. In addition it has milk and French vanilla pudding mix. The sauce in this pudding is just so yummy.
I have seen banana cream puddings made with Chessmen cookies, vanilla fingers – all kinds of things. The first Banana Cream pudding I ever saw (and tried) was made with these Nilla wafers, so that is what I have used. That is the way I know it and love it. But you can certainly experiment, and use what you might have in the house. I do think the Nilla wafers give it a really nice vanilla taste, that goes so well with using the French vanilla pudding mixes and all the cream.
So here we go!
6 bananas, sliced
3 cups of milk
1 8oz packet cream cheese
1 box of Nilla wafers
2 small boxes of French vanilla instant pudding mix
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 16oz container of Cool Whip (you could also use any whipped cream)
Using either a glass pyrex dish or another pan or dish measuring about 9×13, line the bottom of the dish/pan with Nilla wafers. Arrange them so that the Nilla wafers cover the entire bottom of the pan/dish.
Slice the bananas and place them on top of the Nilla wafers, as evenly as possible.
In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and mix together using a hand blender/mixer, until the powder and milk is fully mixed together.
Using a separate bowl, mix together the condensed milk and cream cheese. Mix them together with a hand mixer/blender until it is mixed together smoothly and completely.
Add this mixture to the pudding mixture that you had set aside and stir together.
When the mixture is all mixed together, pour it completely all over the bananas. Try to pour as evenly as possible, covering all the banana and Nilla wafer layers.
Now place the remaining Nilla wafers that you have left on top of this cream layer. Layer them evenly all over the top of the cream layer. Looks great right?!
Now you have a complete and delicious Banana Cream Pudding! Keep it in the refrigerator until you serve it. This pudding will serve around 6-8 people, and believe me – it will go pretty fast!