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Banana pudding is a dessert made in layers with a sweet vanilla-flavored cream, cake sheets or biscuits and fresh bananas. Dessert is served with fresh cream on top or the meringue. It is commonly associated with South American cuisine, however, it can be found throughout the country.

If you feel like eating a light and delicious dessert that does not require baking and no complicated preparation, we suggest you try this very easy banana pudding recipe. Banana pudding is a refreshing dessert.

Did you know that there is even a National Banana Pudding Festival? The National Banana Pudding Festival is the brain child of twelve community volunteers in Centerville, Tennessee, seeking a way to earn money to help victims of disasters, fires, tornadoes and floods. In September 2009, this fun lovin’ dozen incorporated the National Banana Pudding Festival as a nonprofit corporation and set about bringing the dream to reality. It is a 2-day event that is held on the first weekend of October. Check out the details on the official page.

Banana pudding can be prepared in the oven or by refrigerated method, the latter method being the most popular recipe, especially when cooking dessert at home. If you like pudding and bananas are your favorite fruit, then you should try this delicious recipe.

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How to make Banana Pudding

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  • 3 bananas, plus 1 banana for topping, if desired
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding (6-serving size)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 container whipped topping (divided)
  • 30 vanilla wafer cookies (or more, for serving)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Optional: vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar (for garnish)


  1. Peel and cut 3 bananas and place them in a bowl with the lemon juice. Lemon juice will prevent them from browning. Set them aside for a few minutes.
  2. Combine cold milk and instant vanilla pudding mixture and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix until smooth. Set aside for 2 minutes.
  4. Using a spatula, add half of the beaten topping in the pudding mixture.
  5. In a large glass, place layers of pudding, then banana slices and vanilla wafers on top.
  6. Place the remaining beaten topping over the pudding and refrigerate the pudding for 4 hours before serving.
  7. Garnish the dessert with banana slices just before serving.
  8. For extra flavor, sprinkle banana pudding with vanilla sugar mixed with cinnamon.

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