The Best Banana Pudding

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I’ve spent the day tidying up, wrapping presents, and I’m about to hit the kitchen to whip up some more Christmas treats.  I hope all of you are gearing up for our big holiday, and, if you’re traveling, please be safe.  I heard on the radio today that 93 million Americans are moving around the country today as they travel home for Christmas.  Chances are that includes a few of you, so be careful out there!


Not to brag, but check out my bows.  My mom worked in the customer service department at Dillards for a while when I was a kid which means she became extremely proficient at wrapping packages.  She has passed on her bow making skills to my sister and I, and every year we deck out our packages with the prettiest ribbon we can find.  Unfortunately, I’m not as good as my sister, and neither of us can touch Mom, but, as a non-creative person, I’m pretty proud!

I know most of you will be stepping away from the computer in the next few days so my posts are going to be short and sweet.  I’m going to take the opportunity to share some of the recipes I’ll be making to take to various friends and neighbors over the next few days.  First up, is THE banana pudding recipe.  I told you at Thanksgiving that this recipe has become a family favorite in the last few years, and I can honestly say I’ve never tasted a better banana pudding.  Today, I want to share it will all of you!  If you are still looking for something tasty to take to your holiday gathering, look no further!


Two Large Boxes Vanilla Instant Pudding

Two Cups Half & Half

Two Cups Heavy Cream

One Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

One Carton Extra Creamy Cool Whip

One Box Vanilla Wafers

6-8 Bananas

Mix pudding, half & half, and heavy cream in a large bowl until combined.  Add sweetened condensed milk.  Fold in whip cream.  Layer the bananas and vanilla wafers with the pudding mixture.  Voila!  This is really best if served the 2nd day.


See how easy this is?  It would be a great last minute addition to any holiday table.  Fair warning, this recipe makes a ton! I cut it in half when I made it yesterday, but, if you make the whole thing, don’t worry about leftovers.  This goes fast!

I hope all of you are starting your holiday weekend off with a bang today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another great family recipe!

What is something you always make for Christmas?

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13 thoughts on “The Best Banana Pudding

  1. Chelsie S

    Ahhh!! I NEEEEEEEED TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT IT SNOWED!! haha. The pudding looks fabulous and hope you’re enjoying your weekend! 😀

  2. Molly

    93 million Americans huh? I mean, it totally makes sense, but I never thought of an exact number for it! That’s crazy! At least so many people are traveling to spend the holidays with friends & family :) I’ve actually never really made anything for Christmas…I didn’t start really cooking until this year, so I think I’m going to introduce the whole wheat cinnamon rolls. Maybe that can be a new tradition.

  3. aftertheivyleague

    Mmm I love banana pudding! I’d add it to our dessert list this year but we already have sooo many desserts. Seriously, my family goes a little crazy with the desserts. Hope you have a great holiday!


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