Easy Banana Pudding is a quick and easy no-bake dessert made with layers of vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, and bananas, topped with whipped cream. It has all the creamy flavors of the classic dessert, but is put together in just a few minutes! If you prefer your desserts made from scratch, check out my Ultimate Banana Pudding.

Pan of Easy Banana Pudding From Overhead on White Counter.
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Ingredients & Substitutions

This is a quick way to make this dessert, but I will offer you ways to make parts from scratch as well.

Vanilla Pudding: This recipe requires a box of vanilla instant pudding mix and cold milk. Or, make your own homemade vanilla pudding to use. For a unique twist on the dessert, you could substitute other flavors of puddings like banana cream, chocolate, or butterscotch.

Vanilla Wafers: For ease, buy a box of vanilla wafers. But, I also have homemade vanilla wafers that would be delicious! If you don’t have vanilla wafers, you could also try the dessert with shortbread cookies, graham crackers, or even ginger cookies.

Bananas: I used 4 ripe bananas for the layers of the dessert.

Whipped Topping: This recipe calls for a tub of whipped cream, like cool whip. You could also make your own to use.

Steps for laying nilla Wafers, Pudding, and Bananas to Make Easy Banana Pudding.

Can I Make the Pudding Ahead of Time?

Sure! Follow the instructions on the box to make the vanilla pudding. After it has been made, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3 days. When ready to assemble the dessert, give the pudding a stir before layering it in the dessert.

Piece Removed from Easy Banana Pudding Dish.

How to Store Easy Banana Pudding

After putting the easy banana pudding together, it can be covered and refrigerated for later. It will last up to 3-4 days but is best enjoyed within a day or two.

Pan of Easy Banana Pudding From Overhead on White Counter.
5 from 4 votes

Easy Banana Pudding

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Easy Banana Pudding is a quick and easy no-bake dessert made with layers of vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, and bananas, topped with whipped cream.



  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the instant vanilla pudding mix and cold milk. Using a hand mixer at medium-low speed, beat the mixture until well blended (about 2 minutes).
  • Chill the pudding mixture in the refrigerator while you prepare the next step.
  • In an 11×7-inch baking dish, arrange a single layer of vanilla wafer cookies with the flat side down. Use 24 cookies for this layer.
  • Pour half of the chilled pudding mixture (about 1 cup) over the cookies in the baking dish.
  • Add half of the thinly sliced bananas in a single layer over the pudding.
  • Repeat with another layer of cookies, pudding, and bananas.
  • Top the final layer with whipped cream, spreading it evenly over the pudding.
  • If desired, garnish with extra sliced bananas and cookies.
  • Chill the dessert in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, up to overnight before serving.

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Reader Comments

  1. Cookies, bananas then pudding, repeat. The pudding on top of the bananas keeps the bananas from turning dark.

  2. Calling a tub of CoolWhip a tub of whipping cream is an oxymoron.
    Whipping Cream is a dairy product that, except RediWhip, comes in a liquid form and requires the addition of sugar and vanilla and the human to whip it sufficiently that the desired and expected consistency is achieved.
    CoolWhip is not a dairy product.

    1. What a stinker! Everyone knows that CoolWhip isn’t dairy. But, it tastes good, and is so easy to use. You need to lighten up and be kind.

  3. I agree about the whipped cream. Cool-whip is NOT whipped cream. Please specify in recipe. Thanks. Love your recipes!

    1. Linda – Cool Whip is absolutely considered whipped cream. Store-bought whipped cream. As for the recipe, there is a link to my homemade whipped cream. (8 ounces) whipped cream is underlined in the recipe card, that goes to the homemade whipped cream recipe.

      1. What adjustments would I need to make for either a 13×9 or 8×8 pan? I don’t have an 11×7…..

    1. Just make 2, 3 or 4 batches of the recipe, it says it feeds 12. Another option is to simply double (serves 24) or triple (serves 36) or quadruple (serves 48) the ingredients.

  4. Made my own vanilla wafers and used 1 cup of whipping cream and 1 cup of 2% milk. And made my own whipped cream on top. The finished dessert literally made a friend’s eyes roll to the back of his head. Tastes just like Mom’s he said.

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