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Old Fashioned Vanilla Wafer Banana Cream Pudding

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


When you take your first bite of our old fashioned vanilla wafer banana cream pudding, you’re going to melt into a puddle of happiness.



For the Pudding:

  • 2 cups mini vanilla wafer cookies
  • 3 large bananas, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Garnish:

  • 12 large bananas
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • Mini vanilla wafers (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch square glass baking dish with a single layer of vanilla wafers, and top with a layer of banana slices.
  2. To make the pudding, combine sugar with flour in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine, then stir in 1/2 cup milk.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until light in color, then whisk them into the milk mixture. Add the remaining milk and butter, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Place over low heat and cook until butter has melted and mixture has thickened, stirring frequently for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Immediately pour half of this mixture over the bananas and wafers in the baking dish.
  5. Add a layer of vanilla wafers and then a final layer of banana slices. Pour the rest of the pudding mixture on top.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Chill before serving, for at least 2 hours. Beat heavy cream with sugar on high speed until it forms stiff peaks. Serve garnished with homemade whipped cream and banana slices.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Pudding
  • Method: Stovetop, Baking
  • Cuisine: Custard

Keywords: banana cream, banana cream pudding, banana pudding, banana, vanilla wafers