Banana Pudding Dessert is a decadent dessert with layers of cream cheese, banana slices, vanilla pudding with whipped cream, and an optional peanut butter topping, all on top of a vanilla wafer crust. If you love creamy banana desserts, be sure to try my Ultimate Banana Pudding!

Banana Pudding Dessert

This Banana Pudding Dessert is the ultimate creamy banana treat that is layered with flavors, including an optional drizzle of melted peanut butter to top it all off! In addition to the homemade vanilla pudding in this recipe, you could also make homemade vanilla wafers and whipped cream if you are feeling motivated!

Serving Dish with Banana Pudding Dessert with Fresh Banana on Top and White Towel and White Spoons.

The Banana Pudding Dessert has been scooped into a serving cup for these images.

Banana Pudding Dessert Recipe

There are four parts (layers) to this recipe–the homemade vanilla pudding, vanilla wafer cookie crust, cream cheese layer, and the toppings. (Full recipe in the recipe card below)

Process Shots of the Crust, Cream Cheese Filling, Bananas, and Vanilla Pudding in White Baking Dish

How to Make Vanilla Pudding

It’s best to start with the homemade pudding first. This will need to chill for about half an hour after it’s made. While the pudding is chilling, you can work on making the other important parts to this recipe.

(Full recipe in a recipe card below) It’s really easy to make your own vanilla pudding. Pudding is a great dessert to have on hand, and most people like the smooth, creamy sweet (and sometimes even savory) treat. Plus, if you make a little extra, it’s nice to have as a snack or loaded with your favorite chocolate candy or treat.

Pouring Melted Peanut Butter over Banana Pudding Dessert

How to Make the Crust

While the pudding is chilling, prepare the crust. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla wafers? I have a homemade vanilla wafer recipe you might want to try for this recipe, or just to have some cookies on hand!

Spoon Picking up a Messy Piece of Banana Pudding Dessert

How to Assemble Banana Pudding Dessert

Once all the parts of this dessert have been made, it’s time to get it assembled and chilled so everyone can enjoy it!

  1. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the chilled wafer crust.
  2. Top with a layer of sliced bananas.
  3. Pour the cooled pudding over the bananas. 
  4. Cover in plastic wrap and set it in the refrigerator for another 1-2 hours. (Yes, it will be hard to wait, but SO worth it!)
  5. When you are ready to serve, top the dessert with more whipped cream, crushed vanilla wafers, and drizzled melted peanut butter. You could always skip the peanut butter, but it was the perfect complement to the banana dessert!

Store the dessert, covered and chilled, for a couple of days.

Drizzling Peanut Butter Over Banana Pudding Dessert

Banana Desserts

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Banana Pudding Dessert

Prep Time 20 mins
Chill 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Banana Pudding Dessert is a decadent dessert with layers of cream cheese, banana slices, vanilla pudding with whipped cream, and an optional peanut butter topping, all on top of a vanilla wafer crust.

Ingredients

Pudding Layer

  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups (490g) whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie Crust

  • cups vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup (60g) whipped cream (cool whip)

Banana Layer

  • 2 large bananas, sliced and layered between cream cheese and pudding layer

Toppings

  • 2 cups (120g) whipped topping, (or cool whip)
  • ¼ cup vanilla wafers, crushed
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter, melted (optional)

Instructions

Vanilla Pudding Layer

  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Add the eggs and egg yolk and whisk to combine.
  • Add the milk and whisk until well combined (about 30 seconds).
  • Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until thickened (approximately 5-10 minutes).
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, one cube at a time.
  • Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill until completely cool (about 30 minutes).

Cookie Crust

  • While the pudding is chilling, make the crust. In a medium bowl, combine crushed vanilla wafers and melted butter. Stir together until well blended, making sure to coat each crumb.
  • Pour crust into a 9×9 inch pan and press firmly to the base and slightly up the sides of the pan. Set in the refrigerator to chill.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup of the whipped topping.

Assembly (once cooled)

  • Carefully pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared crust. Spread evenly over crust.
  • Top with sliced bananas.
  • Pour the cooled pudding over the bananas. Set in the refrigerator (covered with plastic wrap) for another 1-2 hours.
  • When you are ready to serve, top with remaining cool whip, crushed cookies, and peanut butter glaze.

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Reader Comments

    1. Hi, Parul! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You could start with our suggestions for egg substitutes. But we haven’t tried them in this recipe, so I cannot say how the pudding would turn out. Let us know if you try them and have a great day!

  1. I looked for the way to make the peanutbutter topping and have not found it. Please add that and let me know where to find it. Thank you.

    1. In the recipe it states 1/4 cup peanut butter, melted. Drizzle it on the dessert while the peanut butter is warm, then it will cool and stiffen. 🙂

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