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Old Fashioned Banana Pudding - TSLCWe love anything with bananas and banana pudding is our favorite.  I almost hate to make this because I can make myself sick on it.  A great way to use up bananas, too!

4 bananas, peeled and sliced
Vanilla wafers, (I use about 50 wafers to make this pudding)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup regular or 2% milk
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
In a medium bowl, slice bananas and sprinkle with lemon juice to keep them from turning black. In a 2 quart casserole dish layer the vanilla wafers and bananas. (I use 10 of the wafers to go around the side of the bowl just because I think it is pretty this way).  In a saucepan on top of the stove with a whisk mix together the sugar, salt, flour, egg yolks, regular and evaporated milk.  Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously with whisk, about 7 or 8 minutes until thickens. (It will burn very easily so be sure to stir) Remove from stove and stir in vanilla flavoring.  Pour over wafers and bananas.
Meringue for Pudding
4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Beat egg whites on high until stiff and peaks form.  Add sugar and vanilla and beat into egg whites.  Spread over pudding and bake in 350 degree oven until browned.  (I have just put it under the broiler until it browns that way, too).
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Creamy Pineapple Rice Pudding.
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104 Responses

  1. These were the silliest comments I have ever read. From the person who put a bowl of ingredients in the oven and expected banana pudding to come out to the people saying can’t I just use the box kind of pudding. Whats wrong with you people? “I can’t eat eggs, I can’t drink milk”. Then maybe you shouldn’t be looking at pudding recipes. Someone actually wrote” I put banana flavoring in mine for true banana flavor”. There’s 4 bananas in the recipe! Bananas have true banana flavor! Geez people get it together

  2. I love this recipe, have made it several times… My kids favorite dessert!

  3. If I wanted to make the pudding chocolate, could I substitute the flour for cocoa powder?

  4. I just took it out of the oven. I did have to google it to find out how long it needed to be in the oven for the meringue to brown. I went 10 mins. I can’t wait to try it.

  5. Is this best served warm or cold?

  6. Since I’m lactose intolerant, will substituting almond milk for the regular milk change the taste?

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe. My mom was from Tennessee but we grew up in California. She used to make it for us as children. She passed away when I was 16 so we never got her recipe. I am so excited to try this. I love your site, thank you so much !!!!!!

    • The recipe is in our new cookbook, Debbie. You should check it out. It has lots of old time recipes.

  8. Do I refrigerate it? It came out of the stove in liquid form..

    • You don’t cook it in the stove. You cook the pudding on top of the stove. You only brown the meringue in the oven. This pudding should definitely be refrigerated.

  9. Thank you for bringing back memories. The pudding turned out great! Could I double the recipe? I would like to make it for the holidays but I’m from a large family.

  10. I’m from Australia . Are you able to send me a photos of the vanilla wafers you use ? Just I case they’re not the same as our wafers over here I can find a substitute :-) TIA

  11. Can the Banana Pudding Base be cooked in the microwave instead of on top of the stove?

    • I have never tried making it in the microwave, Lynn, so I can’t advise you. Sorry.

    • Yes. I have cooked pudding in the microwave for years. Mix the ingredients very well. Cook in microwave on high for 3 minutes -stir. Cook and stir every two minutes until thick.

  12. Do you add the butter when making the topping or when you make the pudding? Do you melt it?

  13. does it have to baked i dont have oven proof bowl is the baking just to brown the topping

    • Yes, it is just to brown the topping, Tim. You don’t have to bake the pudding.

      • This may not be the best place to make this comment, but I have read all 92 comments and not a one mentions using this custard for making Homemade Ice Cream. My mother always used this recipe from scratch for her delicious banana pudding and this same recipe for the cooked custard for her homemade ice cream. Of course, basically it is vanilla custard for vanilla ice cream, but you can add any flavoring you wish. My favorite is homemade peach when peaches are in season. Try it, you will love it!!

  14. This is very similar to what my mother used to make. I never knew exactly how she did it, but I loved to eat it while it was still warm. Thank you for sharing this. I can’t wait to try it!

  15. I never had this before,but now I have a very good chance of trying it.
    It looks & sounds so good.

  16. Is it meant to be eaten warm or do you chill it prior to eating? This sounds great!

  17. My mother made banana pudding often this way, and I used too. The filling is so delicious when made from scratch. I rarely make it now, but think I will get back to it!! Someone mentioned using pudding which is what you get most of the time at restaurants and pot luck dinners. But believe me, pudding doesn’t even come close to being as good as the filling cooked from scratch.

  18. This is the best!!! I’m from Ky and this is how my Granny, my mama and myself make it….best naner puddin ever!!! LOL

    • my mama also made the best naner pudding also. she made it every week!!! I have just started making it again, and my grandkids love it

  19. My mother used to make a banana pudding like this when she was alive. She also made a chocolate meringue pie. My favorite. I asked her once and she said she made the filling just like the pudding, and I know she used Hershey’s canned cocoa for the chocolate flavor. She never used recipes, but I am a measure only person who can not guess on amounts. Do you have a recipe for something like this?

  20. Is there a cookbook On “The Southern Lady Cooks” I can buy?

  21. This is definatley the original scratch recipe! :)

  22. Why cant you just use instant banana pudding mix, or vanilla pudding mix instead? Would you have a receipe if i wanted to try the pudding mixes instead? Please let me know thanks!

    • No, Barbara, I don’t. We like the real thing.

    • I would say that it’s better, like most things, when made from scratch… No artificial color or flavor as in instant puddings!

      • It is so easy to make the banana pudding and the chocolate pie that I wouldn’t think of using the pudding mixes~~ I make the banana pudding for all ‘family and church’ gatherings and the chocolate pie for most anytime anyone wants it~~ lol Nothing like it~~ Please do not, not make it because you think it will be hard. It is not~ I didn’t make Chess or Pecan pies for years till I finally looked at a recipe and they are the easiest things ever to make~ The best to eat also~~

    • Barbara, i have a recipe i use for the banana pudding, its awesome. If you send me an email i can send it to you

    • You’re kidding right? Why even come to this site?

  23. I am definitely going to make this pudding tomorrow! I was wondering if you might have any suggestions for using the yolks of all these eggs.

  24. going to Homecoming needed this! Luv it!

  25. I also do mine a little diffrent I do not use flour I use 2 to 3 tablespoons of corn starch in the filling to make mine be or get it to thicken thats how my mom taught me and have never had a problem doing it that way but thats my way.

  26. I also make mine from scratch and I love chocolate so I melted chocolate chips and added to the filling before pouring over banana’s and waffers and loved it but my family prefers it the orginal way.

  27. I’m a KY girl who grew up with Mom’s banana pudding. I made your recipe today & it is the same as her’s. My 8 yo grandson & his dad love banana pudding. So, I made your recipe today & everyone, including my northern born hubby, loved it. Recently, I discovered your website & enjoy your postings.

  28. I add pineapple tidbits to mine. It adds a little extra deliciousness to it!!

  29. i love to cook and back i was taught by my Grandfather how to cook when i was knee high to a grass upper i will love making up your banana pudding and i am sure my son’s will love eating it . p.s.Happy Mothers Day

  30. Is vanilla flavoring the same as vanilla extract?

  31. This looks yummy!! Forgive me for this silly question…… I’ve never eaten this before. Do you eat this warm or cold? I would like to make this for school breakfast.

  32. please any substitute for eggs ! i badly want to make & have it but i am allergic to eggs :( please help

  33. This looks like my Oklahoma grandma’s recipe. I have to make it in a round bowl too, because that’s what she used.

  34. So glad to see a real banana puddin recipe. I grew up eatin this and my Momma made the best ever! When we moved to Virginia, I was at a work function and everyone was raving over someones banana pudding so I went to get me a serving and it was jello pudding with nilla wafers. I looked twice and wondered what all the fuss was about as that was not “real” banana puddin. I have tried to recreate my Moms puddin recipe and she can tell me whats in it, but not how much. She is a just till it looks right, type of cook. I finally found a recipe that is as close to hers as I can get.

  35. This is the BEST recipe for banana pudding that there is! The way I have always made it, just like my Mama did. It is actually very similar to the one on Nabisco’s box of vanilla wafers. Pure joy and deliciously comforting to eat. My favorite dessert of all.

  36. I do not have any evaporated milk on hand, can I still use regular milk as a substitute?

  37. This recipe is most like my mom’s recipe except we make it in a 9×13 pan and used a double boiler for making the pudding. I like the idea of the lemon juice for keeping the bananas from turning brown. We really enjoy a good pan of banana pudding in our home, grandkids and all.


    • You can use Splenda in the creme pudding (same as recipe ) but doesn’t make merengue well..

      • You can use cocoa or lemon juice and zest with this as base and make great pies .My wife made two ( one chocolate and one lemon using this as base ) both great !

  39. Love all the recipes! Do you have a cookbook? I would love to have one to pass on to my grandchildren

  40. I loved banana pudding as a kid (and still do) but I hated soggy vanilla wafers. Many, many years ago, when I was young my Mom would make this and leave part of one end with no wafers for me. No one else minded soggy wafters.

  41. YES MA’AM…..this is the real McCoy!

  42. This looks so comforting and delicious! What a lovely dessert!

  43. instead of vanilla flavoring add banana flavoring for a true taste of banana

  44. This was my first attempt to make a “made from scratch” banana pudding. I’ve always used the cook and serve boxed pudding. Had to hide the it so my husband and son wouldn’t eat it all this afternoon. lol Needless to say, I won’t be buing anymore boxed stuff. Thanks

  45. Love banana pudding but hate the soggy vanilla wafers. When I was young, my Mom would make this but she wouldn’t put wafers on one part of it for me. Think I was spoiled, :)

  46. Have eaten one with crushed pineapple instead of banana. What liquid adjustment needed for this conversion? Love your recipes.

    • I have never made one with pineapple, so I could not advise you on this. There is one with strawberries on the blog though.

    • My mother would make tapioca pudding with pineapple and meringue. One of my favorites along with her banana pudding made like the recipe posted here for banana pudding. Like Vanilla instead of Banana flavoring. I like the natural taste of the banana.

    • Drain the pineapple. I put a can of pineapple in a strainer and get as much juice out of it as possible. I don’t make any other adjustments.

  47. Yummy!!! NOTHING like homemade!!!!

  48. I love banana pudding

  49. 25 weeks pregnant and craving this. I just got back from the store and I am going to start working on it soon. :D So excited to get my craving fulfilled.

  50. favorite dessert ever!

  51. Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for this recipe for years! My mother made it this way and granny too!
    I’ve NOT been able to make this sense 2002! I’ve had my recipes stupidly in storage!

    • Thank you so much Billy for all your comments. I am so happy I had this pudding recipe for you. I sent you a private message on your Facebook page thanking you for your kind comments today. I appreciate you.

  52. My mom used to make something very similar to this and boy is it yummy!

  53. oh this looks so comforting!

  54. yjis looks very good and we do love bananas. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

  55. Hi Judy! I grew up in Maryland and my mom who’s from Tennessee always made this. Well, no one else I knew served this dessert so I always thought it was her specialty. When Greg and I moved to Arkansas and were looking for a place to live we stopped at a chain restaurant called The Dixie Cafe for a quick bite. They had this on the menu and I got so excited telling Greg it was just like my mom’s. Then when we moved here, I realized it was quite popular and had to laugh at myself. My only complaint is that Greg dislikes bananas except in banana bread. I can’t make it and it’s one of my favorites. Yours is beautiful. Thanks for this post!

    • Katherine, You will have to make it just for you and eat it all yourself. Don’t let Greg have any even if he begs for just a bite. I don’t know how anyone could not like this pudding. Guess you could make two bowls and just put the pudding and the wafers in his bowl and you get the bananas in yours. That boy doesn’t know what is good!

      • FINALLY a recipe for this the way my mama did it! I lost her recipe during moving her things and have searched for the recipe the most like hers! Thanks…and Katherine..you can exchange the bananas for other fruits. I never have done it, but I’ve had it at places. Pineapple is good fixed like this! Doesn’t sound like it I know..but it is!

      • Yes, Pineapple to me is almost as good as the banana and I use an old fashioned recipe as well.

    • My husband loves it with any fruit. Strawberries are his all time fave though.

  56. This is the “Real Thing”!! Can’t stand the fake with box pudding mix and cool whip topping. Do you think maybe I am still living in another generation because I love food that is prepared with love rather than pull out a box and whip up a meal? Loved your recipe…just like mine (must be the KY in us).

    • Margaret, This is the way my mother always made banana pudding. I agree with you I love good food that doesn’t come from a box. Have a great weekend.

    • Living in another generation is the best.I use boxes often but sure prefer homemade anytime.And we know whats in it went we make them.no preservative.

    • Margaret, it is the ky in us . Because I love thing made from scare then box myself . There is nothing like food made with love

  57. This is my dad’s all-time favorite dessert… I’m adding your version to my ‘to make’ list ~ sounds so good, and thanks as always for the hints and tips!

  58. Banana Pudding has bee a favorite inn our family for years thanks for sharing

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