Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Glass dessert dish with homemade banana pudding in front of autumn flowers centerpiece on a dining table

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In this post I am sharing the recipe for delicious Old Fashioned Banana Pudding.
Updated November 2018
“Velvety rich custard, ripe bananas, and vanilla wafers so soft they melt in your mouth.”
That quote pretty much sums up homemade banana pudding perfectly. There is no need to open a box of pudding when making your own custard is so easy. It takes just a few minutes to assemble the classic layers of a banana pudding.
The pudding may be served either warm or chilled. The chilled banana pudding is my personal favorite. 

Banana Pudding from Scratch

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided 
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
  • Dash salt 
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Box of Nilla Wafers
  • 5 ripe bananas, sliced 

Easy Banana Pudding

Southern scratch made banana pudding in a white round dish

Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler. Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water, stirring constantly for 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
Step 2: Reserve 10 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard on bottom of 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover with a layer of wafers and a layer of sliced bananas. Pour about 1/3 of custard over bananas. Continue to layer wafers, bananas and custard to make a total of 3 layers of each, ending with custard.
Personally, I do not care for meringue topping on banana pudding, so I don’t make it. If you feel the same way you can stop here and allow your pudding to cool completely, then cover and refrigerate. 

Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Best Homemade Banana Pudding with Homemade Vanilla Custard - No Pudding Mix
(Optional) If you like the meringue topping, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Spoon on top of pudding, spreading evenly to cover entire surface and sealing well to edges. Personally I don’t care for the topping so I skip this step.
Bake at 350°F in top half of oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Cool slightly or refrigerate. Garnish with additional wafers and banana slices just before serving.
Banana pudding is such an easy dessert, making it perfect anytime. It is a must on my holiday desserts menu. 
Banana Pudding served on the holiday table

Southern Banana Pudding Recipe


Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Glass dessert dish with homemade banana pudding in front of autumn flowers centerpiece on a dining table

Classic banana pudding from scratch with a delicious vanilla custard layered with bananas and vanilla wafers

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 c All Purpose Flour
  • Dash of Salt
  • 3 Egg Yolks (save whites for optional meringue)
  • 2 c Whole Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 45 Nilla Wafers (about half the box, plus more for garnish)
  • 5 Ripe Bananas (plus more sliced banana for garnish when serving)

Optional Meringue Topping

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 c Granulated Sugar


The Pudding

Make a double boiler by adding water to a medium sauce pan and heating over medium. Use a mixing bowl that will rest on top of the sauce pan.

Add the sugar, flour and salt to the mixing bowl and whisk together, then add the milk and egg yolks and whisk to combine.

Cook while stirring constantly until thickened, about 10-12 minutes.

Once the custard has thickened, remove the mixing bowl from the sauce pan, then stir in the vanilla extract.

Layer vanilla wafers, sliced bananas and the vanilla custard in a dish repeating until the custard is gone.

Allow to cool, then cover and refrigerate. Serve garnished with more vanilla wafers and sliced banana if desired.

Optional Meringue Topping

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form then gradually add in 1/4 cup of sugar and continue beating until still peaks are formed.

Top the banana pudding dessert evenly sealing the meringue to the edges and bake in a 350°F oven until browned.

Cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 7g

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