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OLD-FASHIONED BANANA PUDDING

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).
 
Enjoy!
 
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Creamy Pineapple Rice Pudding.
 
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93 Responses

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. The only difference in the one I and my family make is I add 2 TBS butter the same time as the vanilla.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

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

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

  8. 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.

    • Homemade pudding is the only way to go. I won’t even touch it if it’s made from a box pudding. eck!!!

  9. 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

  10. 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?

    • Chocolate Pudding for Pie
      1 cup gran. Sugar
      1/2 cup flour
      2 Tbsp. Hershey’s cocoa powder
      4 egg yolks (save egg whites for meringue)
      2 cups milk
      Dash salt
      Mix dry ingredients together; mix egg yolks and milk. Combine all in sauce pan. Over medium heat, cook (stirring constantly) until thick. Stir in 2Tbsp. Butter and 2 tsp. vanilla flavoring. Pour into baked pie crust. Cover hot pudding with meringue and brown in oven.

    • Regina, my mom is 86 and no longer able to cook.

    • Here is the chocolate pie recipe, Regina: http://thesouthernladycooks.com/2012/02/11/sweet-chocolate-pie/

    • It is exactly like she said, just make it 1cup sugar and add 1/3 cup cocoa, everything else is the same, for coconut cream just add 3/4 cup sweetened coconut when you add the vanilla. Great overall basis for lots of pies and puddings!!

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

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

  13. 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?

    • Though scratch is always the best, you can use the Jello instant pudding, but dilute equal parts milk with water so it will not be so thick. (It will call for 2 cups milk; I would use 1cup milk and 1 cup water).

  14. 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.

  15. going to Homecoming needed this! Luv it!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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

  21. Is vanilla flavoring the same as vanilla extract?

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

  29. MY MOTHER USED TO MAKE THIS BANANA PUDDING . I COULD HAVE EATEN THE WHOLE BOWL BUT COULDN’T FIND HER RECIPIES. MY EX DAUGHTER USED TO MAKE THE PUDDING ALSO WITHOUT THE BOX PUDDING. MY HUSBAND LOVED IT , SO WHILE HE WAS LIVING, SHE USED TO MAKE THEM FOR HIM I USED TO BEG HER TO MAKE ONE FOR ME BUT SHE JUST COULDN’T BECAUSE IT UPSET HER SO MUCH, REMEMBERING HOW HE LOVED FOR HER TO MAKE THEM. SHE HAS MISPLACED HER RECIPE NOW, SO I WILL SHARE THIS ONE WITH HER. WILL GO TO THE STORE AND GET THE INGREDIENTS TOMORROW. I AM PRE DIABETIC BUT I JUST HAVE TO HAVE A BOWL OF THIS
    DOUGLAS ANN LIVINGSTON

    • 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 !

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

  31. 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.

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

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

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

  35. 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

  36. 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, :)

  37. 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.

  38. Yummy!!! NOTHING like homemade!!!!

  39. I love banana pudding

  40. 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.

  41. favorite dessert ever!

  42. 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.

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

  44. oh this looks so comforting!

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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!

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

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