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We 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!

Banana pudding like your grandma used to make.

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!


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5 from 45 votes

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

This Old Fashioned Banana Pudding is a classic!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Pudding


  • 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

Meringue for Pudding

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 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.

Instructions for Meringue

  • 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).


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  1. Susan Broughton says:

    Can you use whole milk instead of 2%?

  2. Charmaine Thomas says:

    My sister used to make pudding like this from scratch and she’s passed on and I sure do miss it helping her make it thank you for the recipe and the memory.5 stars

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  4. Sierra Jenkins says:

    Just made this and it turned out perfectly. I did add a little more sugar because I have a sweet tooth. The marang turned out perfect! My kids seemed to love it! I use to rely on my grandmother to make the banana pudding, but since she passed away I had to learn to make it myself. Let me tell you this recipe came to the rescue. Just like grandma use to make. Grandma would approve, grandma would be proud.5 stars

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment and great rating. We are so happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe and thank you for letting us know. Have a great evening.

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  6. Wow! This photo brought me right back to my Mom’s kitchen years ago – this is the Pyrex type dish she made her beautiful Banana Pudding in – always with meringue (whipped cream is just not the correct Southern way). Love this!5 stars

  7. Helen Rice says:

    When growing up we were about 20 miles from a grocery store. Mom usually had canned pineapple on hand and used it drained well instead of the bananas. It was delicious too.

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  10. Can I use half whole milk and half sweet condensed instead of evaporated milk?

  11. Hello Southern Lady, I noticed you do not use cream of tartar in your meringue. I know this is something my grandma always did. Is this just a stiffener that is no longer needed with mixers? My grandma always beat her meringue with a fork. Just a question. Thank you, Laurie

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Laurie, I sometimes use cream of tartar and sometimes I don’t. It is mostly used to stabilize the meringue and it does make meringue whiter and a little fluffier. It is not necessary to use it. If I have it on hand I will use it but it is not a spice that is used often in other recipes.

      • I’ve always made my pudding from scratch too but I always have an issue with lumps. Do have a secret hack for that?

      • The Southern Lady says:

        When you whisk it while cooking should take the lumps out. I have not had this problem with pudding. Maybe, you are not cooking it hot enough to dissolve the ingredients.

  12. This pudding recipe was amazing! But my meringue didn’t look at all like the picture. It didn’t get fluffy and was dark colored. It tastes great but didn’t look very pretty lol. Any idea what I could have done wrong? Thanks5 stars

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I can’t imagine what happened unless something was wrong with the egg whites or you didn’t beat them long enough. Sorry, Melinda.

  13. This is what my mom made in Iowa so I made same recipe for my family. My husband can’t stans the pudding made with instant pudding. I have some bananas ready and will bake it tonight. So I wait till pudding sets before I top with meringue…is that correct?5 stars

  14. Oh yum…this was good!5 stars

  15. I am not sure to if ı find or not evaporated milk. Could ı change it any other thing?

  16. So I attempted this a second time, today, and it came out perfect!!! The neighbors are going to love it!!!5 stars

  17. ok one more question……I made it and my pudding didn’t set up and turned out very soupy. It was in the fridge for at least 5 hours. Any suggestions or thoughts on what I did wrong or what I can do different the next time?????

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You evidently did not cook it long enough or high enough to thicken it enough to set up,Malissa.

  18. I’m about to start making this for my honey for desert for his father’s day dinner and I’m wondering does the pudding need to set up in the fridge first prior to doing the Meringue and baking it to brown?? Or do I do the meringue immediately after pouring the pudding on top of the bananas and wafers???

    • The Southern Lady says:

      The pudding should set up very soon after removed from the stove even without putting it in the fridge. I put the meringue as soon as it is set.

  19. Will the meringue be ok in the refrigerator over night after its browned?

  20. Would it be ok if I made this the night before let it refrigerate and set & just make the topping the morning of???

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think that would work Marie.

      • linda roberts says:

        I made banana pudding, I usually always put topping on as soon as it is made, I had to leave so I covered it and put in fridge, next morning made meringue, put it on the pudding, placed it a preheated stove and in about 5 minutes I heard a noise and opened my oven my Pyrex dish that I always used had cracked and fell apart in the oven.(What a mess) I called the 8oo number, they said never put a cold dish in a hot oven. Again long post, just wanted to say what happen.

  21. How many servings does this recipe make?

  22. 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

  23. I love this recipe, have made it several times… My kids favorite dessert!5 stars

  24. Lisa Clements says:

    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.

  25. Is this best served warm or cold?

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

  27. 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 !!!!!!5 stars

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

    • The Southern Lady says:

      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.

  29. 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.5 stars

  30. 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

  31. :Lynn Westbrook says:

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

    • The Southern Lady says:

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

      • I make mine in the microwave and it is so much easier because it will not scorch as fast. Just be sure to stir about every 5 minutes or so.

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

    • The Southern Lady says:

      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!!

  33. 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!5 stars

  34. Anna Bennett says:

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

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

  36. The Southern Lady says:

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

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

  38. Beth McClung says:

    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.5 stars

  39. This is the best!!! I’m from Ky and this is how my Granny, my mama and myself make it….best naner puddin ever!!! LOL5 stars

    • 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

  40. Yvonne Woodard says:

    This is definatley the original scratch recipe! 🙂5 stars

  41. Barbara roesch says:

    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!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      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~~

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

  42. 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.

  43. going to Homecoming needed this! Luv it!

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.5 stars

  47. Michelle says:

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

  48. Marie Rizwan says:

    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

  49. Judy Vrancken says:

    My Mom used that same bowl to make banana pudding and Mac and Cheese – Brought a few memories to mind wishing I could sit at her table once again.

  50. Antonetta Lynn says:

    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.

  51. please any substitute for eggs ! i badly want to make & have it but i am allergic to eggs 🙁 please help

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

  53. 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.5 stars

  54. Martha Thompson says:

    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.5 stars

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

  56. 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.5 stars


  58. Joyce Forcht says:

    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.

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

  60. 21stcenturyhousewife says:

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

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

  62. 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. Thanks5 stars

  63. Joyce Forcht says:

    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, 🙂

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

    • 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.

    • Deborah Benton says:

      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.

  65. Yummy!!! NOTHING like homemade!!!!

  66. D. B. Harrington says:

    I love banana pudding

  67. 25 weeks pregnant and craving this. I just got back from the store and I am going to start working on it soon. 😀 So excited to get my craving fulfilled.

  68. favorite dessert ever!

  69. Billy Harmon says:

    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!5 stars

    • 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.

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

  71. oh this looks so comforting!

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

  73. 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!5 stars

    • 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!

    • Sally Wallis Hyatt says:

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

  74. Margaret Martin says:

    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).5 stars

  75. 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!

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