Old Fashioned Banana Pudding - The Southern Lady Cooks

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! This old fashioned classic is always a treat.

Banana pudding ingredients are super simple!


Vanilla wafers



All-purpose flour

Regular or 2% milk

Evaporated milk

Egg yolks

Vanilla flavoring

Meringue Ingredients for Pudding

Egg whites


Vanilla flavoring

I honestly believe banana pudding made from scratch is the only way to make it. This recipe takes me right back to my childhood. This dish is such a wonderful dessert. Some people don’t like putting a meringue on it, but honestly for the old fashioned version the meringue is a must. If you are not a fan of meringue just use cool whip.

Wonderful feedback on this recipe: “Just made this and it turned out perfectly. I did add a little more sugar because I have a sweet tooth. The meringue 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.” – Sierra

“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!” – Rita

“So I attempted this a second time, today, and it came out perfect!!! The neighbors are going to love it!!!” – Malissa

Full recipe in recipe card below.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding - The Southern Lady Cooks

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Print Recipe
5 from 49 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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