Banana Pudding Made With Squash? You’re Not Gonna Believe It!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Banana pudding is one of our favorite desserts. But did you know you could make pudding using yellow summer squash puree? AND, it actually tastes like banana pudding and nothing like squash?

No really! Check it out, y’all

Banana pudding made with summer squash, bananas, vanilla wafers in mason jar. #TexasHomesteader

Too Much Yellow Squash In The Garden!

All you gardeners know what I mean. Summer squash. You love it, right?

But then it keeps producing until you’re buried under a mountain of squash.

Yellow summer squash vegetable garden harvest wicker basket. #TexasHomesteader

You’ve fried it, you’ve stewed it and you’ve sautéed it & served it until your family is blue in the face. What will you do with all that squash??

Can You Make Pudding With Squash?

Did you know you can make pudding with summer squash? I know you’re skeptical. I was skeptical too. And RancherMan was REALLY skeptical. 

But we were both very pleasantly surprised at how delicious pudding made with squash puree was.

So I’m sharing with you so you too can have another delicious recipe in your arsenal to deal with the mountains of yellow squash. 

Does Squash-Based Banana Pudding Taste Like Squash?

Nope! Banana pudding made with squash puree doesn’t taste like squash at all. It tastes like… well banana pudding!

Homemade banana pudding layered in canning jars. #TexasHomesteader

I find the pudding made with puree is slightly more dense than my traditional Banana Pudding recipe

I suppose that makes sense, squash has plenty of fiber. But using squash puree as a base still results in banana pudding with very much a pudding consistency and we love it.

What Are The Ingredients For Squash Puree Banana Pudding?

The ingredients for making banana pudding using a base of yellow squash puree are pretty standard. Not much different than a regular banana pudding recipe really: 

      • Young Tender Yellow Squash Puree

      • Butter

      • Granulated Sugar

      • Flour

      • Egg Yolks

      • Evaporated Milk

      • Vanilla Extract

      • Bananas

      • Vanilla Wafers

See what I mean? No odd ingredients here. Well, except for squash!

How Do You Make Squash Puree Banana Pudding?

It’s easy to make banana pudding using yellow squash puree.

Banana pudding made with squash puree. #TexasHomesteader

Cook’s Note: Choose only young squash for this pudding recipe to assure no tough skin, tough flesh, large seeds or squash flavor is evident in your pudding. There’s no need to peel young squash since the skin is still tender. But make sure to puree cooked squash completely until fully smooth.

  • Chop & steam 3-4 young yellow squash until very soft, then drain & blend thoroughly to make 2½ cups of puree.

  • Mix the squash puree with 4 tablespoons of butter and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted.

  • In a separate bowl mix 2 cups of sugar with 3 tablespoons of flour. (This keeps the flour from clumping up and being hard to dissolve.)

  • When the butter’s melted add the sugar/flour mixture and stir until incorporated.

  • Add a can of condensed milk and one chopped banana into hot pudding. Cook, stirring constantly until pudding thickens.

  • In a separate bowl mix 3 egg yolks until completely blended and add them to the thickening pudding. Cook for 1-2 minutes more until pudding is thick.

NOTE: Don’t cook longer than needed, only 1-2 minutes after yolks are added. Pudding will thicken more as it cools.

Remove pudding from heat, stir in vanilla extract and layer serving bowls with pudding, additional sliced bananas, vanilla wafers and whipped cream.

How To Serve Banana Pudding

Everyone has their favorite way to serve their homemade banana pudding.

Banana pudding made with yellow summer squash puree in a CorningWare serving dish. #TexasHomesteader

In A Clear Glass Trifle Dish or 8×8 Casserole Dish:

Layer half the cookies on the bottom of dish
Spread half of the pudding over cookies
Top evenly with half the banana slices
Spread a layer of whipped cream on top of bananas
Repeat layers with remaining half of ingredients

Single Serving Mason Jars: Layer pudding as above but divided evenly into small wide-mouth ½ pint mason jars for single-serve convenience and a nice presentation too.

NOTE: If using mason jars, the Vanilla Wafer Mini’s work better than the full-sized cookies.

Banana pudding made with yellow squash, bananas, vanilla wafers in mason jar. #TexasHomesteader

How Do You Layer Banana Pudding?

Those delicious layers are what makes banana pudding special. But whatever method you want to layer it is fine:

      • Each ingredient layered only once

      • Duplicate layers,

      • Cookies on bottom,

      • Bananas on bottom,

      • Topped with cookies or whipped cream

Whatever you want – the world’s your oyster!

Did you make this Banana Pudding? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Banana pudding made with yellow squash, bananas, vanilla wafers in mason jar. #TexasHomesteader
4 from 1 vote

Banana Pudding Made With Yellow Squash

If you have an abundance of squash, use it to make banana pudding they’ll never know they’re eating their vegetables… It tastes like banana pudding! #TexasHomesteader
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, cookies, pudding, squash, whipped cream
Servings 10 servings
Author Texas Homesteader



  • 2 1/2 Cups Cooked, drained, puréed yellow squash (3 or 4)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Cups Granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Egg yolks, blended
  • 1 12 fl oz can Evaporated milk Note: NOT Sweetened Condensed Milk!)
  • 3 large Bananas
  • 25 Vanilla Wafers
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract



  1. In a large skillet on medium heat mix 2 ½ cups cooked & pureed squash and 4 Tablespoons of butter, stirring constantly. Heat until butter melted

  2. In separate bowl mix 2 cups sugar with 3 Tablespoons flour until blended, add to squash mixture, stirring until fully incorporated.

  3. To squash mixture add 1 can of evaporated milk and one chopped banana. Cook pudding until thickened, stirring constantly.

  4. In separate bowl beat 3 large egg yolks until smooth. Then add beaten eggs to hot pudding stirring quickly to incorporate.

    Cook for 1-2 minutes longer or until pudding is thick.

  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Cut 2 remaining bananas into slices and layer pudding/bananas/whipped cream/cookies (in any order you wish) into serving dishes and serve room temperature.

Recipe Notes


*Make sure cooked squash is pureed completely with no lumps remaining.

*Over-cooking pudding once eggs are added could leave small pieces of cooked egg in your pudding. Only cook as long as needed once eggs are added.

*Pudding will thicken a little as it cools.

Health Benefits Of Squash

Squash has lots of health benefits. According to Webb MD squash is a good source of:

    • Magnesium
    • Calcium
    • Iron
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin B6

It’s also high in fiber too. So it’s a delicious thing to include in your healthy diet. Enjoy your vegetables!

~ TxH ~

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4 thoughts on “Banana Pudding Made With Squash? You’re Not Gonna Believe It!

  1. Lynne

    I made this following directions and used 1 banana as referenced in the directions. Had to scratch my head at the ingredients list due it listing 3 bananas, not sure what to do with other 2 bananas so I ate them. 🙂 Pudding was delicious and will keep this recipe and use again and again. Why tell anyone its squash, they don’t need to know the ingredients. Loved it and thank you for sharing.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      The other bananas are cut and used in the layers of pudding placed in the serving dishes. I’ve added clarification in the recipe: Cut 2 remaining bananas into slices and layer pudding/bananas/whipped cream/cookies (in any order you wish) into serving dishes and serve room temperature. Thanks for bringing this to my attention so I could clarify. Everyone I’ve served it to has always enjoyed this surprising banana pudding recipe. Glad you love it too. What a delicious and surprising way to use all that garden squash! ~TxH~

  2. Angela DeGroot

    4 stars
    I was looking forward to this treat at our family gathering. You did not disappoint. It of course looks just like Banana pudding. I was pleasantly surprised. When you mentioned it to me I did not realize it still had banana’s in it, so the pudding is the squash which no one would have known. I suggest if you make this do the same don’t tell them, let them try first as many would just pass if they knew. I think making sure it is cold is the key as yesterday was a bit warm and it was a bit heavy when warm. I have never made pudding from scratch and it has such a nice rich taste compared to instant. Will keep in my quiver for a future abundance of squash.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      You’re right Angela, banana pudding is probably best chilled & not transported long distances due to the potential of the bananas releasing water over time or the cookies getting soggy in the pudding.


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