Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe – A Hug From The South!

 by Texas Homesteader ~

My easy homemade banana pudding recipe includes healthy wholesome ingredients – milk, real butter, flour, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla – plus bananas & wafers to turn plain vanilla pudding into banana pudding greatness. 

Banana pudding is a quick & easy comfort food for sure. And when it’s homemade? Well it doesn’t get any better than that!

Healthy wholesome banana pudding ingredients - skim milk, real butter, flour, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla, plus bananas & wafers for banana pudding #TexasHomesteader

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How To Turn Vanilla Pudding Into Banana Pudding

Making banana pudding is easy. I just use my regular vanilla pudding recipe and add bananas and vanilla wafer cookies to turn it into banana pudding.

Vanilla Pudding Ingredients

      • Granulated Sugar

      • All-Purpose Flour

      • Butter

      • Milk

      • Egg yolk 

Add-Ins To Make Banana Pudding:

I make my homemade banana pudding and oftentimes homemade vanilla wafer cookies too. #TexasHomesteaderI’ll show my pudding-making procedure to you in this post. And I’ll also share my recipe at the bottom of this post.

Making Homemade Banana Pudding

Pudding is one of the easiest desserts for me to whip up. So preparing the pudding was a snap.

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 3 Tablespoons flour and a dash of salt in a pan.

Add 1 cup boiling water and 3 Tablespoons of butter & stir to combine.

Turn stove heat to medium.

In a measuring cup blend 1 egg yolk & 1 cup of milk.

Baker’s Note: You can include up to 3 egg yolks to make a richer pudding – I usually just go with one though.

After butter melts pour milk mixture into the pan, stirring constantly.

As pudding starts to thicken, add 1 mashed a banana.

When the pudding is as thick as you want, remove from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Simmering homemade banana pudding ingredients in a stainless steel skillet. #TexasHomesteader

When you’re ready to serve, line a dish with vanilla wafers and spoon in the homemade pudding. Top with more vanilla wafers and prepare yourself for adulation.

Really! That’s all there is to making homemade banana pudding. A simple dessert that really satisfies.

How To Serve Homemade Banana Pudding

If I’m serving my homemade banana pudding from a single dish I first line the dish with cookies.

Then I place a layer of sliced bananas on top of the cookies. This gives a little chunky banana texture to the pudding.

The hot pudding is then poured into the dish. Finally I top it with more cookies.

Homemade banana pudding served in a dish and topped with vanilla wafers. #TexasHomesteader

You can either crush the cookies and sprinkle them evenly on top or simply place cookies so it covers the top of the pudding.

When it’s time to serve the pudding I line a small dish with a few more wafers and spoon in the warm pudding.

Transporting Homemade Banana Pudding Easily

Instead of pouring the hot pudding into a single dish, you can serve your homemade banana pudding in single-serve 1/2-pint jelly jars too.

I really love the way they look when served this way.

Healthy wholesome ingredients for homemade banana pudding - skim milk, real butter, flour, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla, plus bananas & wafers #TexasHomesteader

Mama always said “Presentation is half the meal”, and mama’s always right! 

Not only does this present your pudding  beautifully, but it’s a super-easy way to transport banana pudding, whether to a dinner party or a fun outdoor picnic.

Another benefit is that the pudding can be made in advance, placed in these small jars and topped with a lid.

Transporting the pudding in these small jars makes it simple when serving too – already portioned out in single-serving sizes. And oh-so-cute to boot!

When you’re ready to serve, remove the lid, add a dollop of whipped cream and hand ’em a spoon! You serve the pudding right in the jars.

Layering Pudding Into Single-Serve Mason Jars

Sectioning off the pudding in single-serve jars was easy. I just layered cookies on the bottom of the jar and then poured in the pudding to fill about a third of the jar.

Then I chopped some bananas and laid them on top of the pudding, added a crumbled cookie, and finished filling up the jar with additional pudding.

A dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed cookies on top and BAM! 

Homemade Banana Pudding Like A Hug From Home!

Our daughter came to the Homestead recently for a long-overdue visit. Now although she currently lives on the east coast, she’s got deep roots in Texas.

Inside she’s a Texas girl through and through. And she longed for some good ‘ole Southern eating during her visit. So I made banana pudding for dessert.

Our daughter loved the banana pudding and it gave her a home-spun southern-country hug that she had been craving.

And now as promised, here’s my vanilla pudding recipe – simply add the bananas and cookies if you prefer a delicious homemade banana pudding instead. 

Enjoy!

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

Homemade Vanilla Pudding (with Banana Pudding Add-Ins)

Good ole comfort food. Homemade Banana Pudding layered with sliced bananas and crumbled vanilla wafer cookies. Could anything be better?? Texas Homesteader

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bananas, dessert, pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Dash Salt
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Egg Yolk, beaten (can use up to 3 for richer pudding)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Banana Pudding Add-Ins:

  • 1 Banana, mashed (Add-ins for Banana Pudding)
  • 1 - 2 Bananas, or to taste chopped (Add-ins for Banana Pudding)
  • 20 Vanilla Wafers, or to taste (Add-ins for Banana Pudding)

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar, flour & salt together in skillet on stove.
  2. Add boiling water & butter and stir to combine and turn heat on medium. Heat until butter is melted


  3. Mix milk and beaten egg yolk together in separate container and pour into the pudding and stir.


  4. OPTIONAL: For Banana Pudding, add 1 mashed banana now


  5. Continue to cook over medium heat until thickened. When pudding is thick remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

    Allow pudding to cool slightly - either serve warm or cover top of pudding with cling wrap to keep skin from forming and store in the refrigerator.

  6. OPTIONAL - For Banana Pudding, add chopped bananas atop a bed of vanilla wafers, ladle on pudding & top with additional vanilla wafers as desired.

Recipe Notes

NOTE:  Can use up to 3 yolks for a richer pudding

~TxH~

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23 thoughts on “Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe – A Hug From The South!

  1. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

    Oh yum! I haven’t had homemade banana pudding in years! My grandma always made it for family cookouts, but I’ve only made it with boxed. I’ll have to try your recipe! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  2. Heather M

    I have been wanting banana pudding for a few months now and keep forgetting to make it when I have time. Thanks for the reminder and recipe. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

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  3. ColleenB.~Texas

    Lots 2 do today so here early before I start my day.
    Hubby loves banana pudding and if He had his way; he would sit and eat the whole bowl full. (he just doesn’t get his way. :} )
    It has been so long since I have made this, and because I love him, it’s time to make him a nice big batch of one of his favorite desserts.
    Thank you and enjoy your day.

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  4. Kathy

    What a sweet welcome home! This is our favorite banana pudding – should make some for Dearest and the children when they come over – great idea!

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  5. Eli@coachdaddy

    This is a great concept, but when I get the Nilla wafers out, I end up eating most of them, with a bottle of root beer. Then I give the kids the bananas and suggest they make pudding for all of us.

    Don’t knock it – everyone seems happy.

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  6. Tara@BAWB

    I LOVE your site and I LOVE this post! I am a TN, pure southern girl, living in Germany. Sometimes I need a HUGE dose of home and your site just did this for me! Especially the recipe. Reminds me of my mom’s banana pudding.

    Reply
    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I can’t imagine being so far from home Tara. I’m glad my site is giving you a dose of home-spun comfort! ~TxH~

      Reply
  7. Savannah Granny

    I enjoyed reading about you, giving you daughter a southern hug. Banana pudding will do it. I, too, make my banana pudding from scratch and I like your idea of adding a mashed banana to the pudding. I will do that with my next pudding.
    I am guessing your daughter was not on the south/east coast. Everyone down here serves banana pudding.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe and have a blessed weekend, Ginger

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  8. Linda @ A La Carte

    I haven’t had banana pudding in a long time….this makes me want some now!

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  9. Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less

    There are very few things when it comes to food, that are better than Banana pudding. It’s not only one of my favorite things to eat, but I love making it and taking it to family parties during the holidays. Thanks for sharing your homemade version, I will have to try it. Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

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  10. Jeannie Marie & Company

    I love the recipe and have printed it out to try when we next have bananas. I make banana pie with vanilla pudding because I don’t like the artificial banana taste and I know I’m going to love this whole foods pudding with banana even better!

    Reply
  11. Autumn Rennie

    Definitely a staple in our southern family! Delicious!

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  12. Rachel Uchizono

    The banana pudding looks amazing! One of my favorites!

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  13. sue@thet2women

    One of my guy’s faves! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply
  14. Jenny

    Yummy! Glad you had a good visit with your daughter. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  15. WMcGill

    I always make a meringue out of the egg whites and spread it over the top of my pudding , lightly brown in the oven. Makes or a pretty and delicious pudding.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve never made meringue but that’s a great idea since you’ll already have egg whites leftover after making the pudding. ~TxH~

      Reply
  16. Cynthia L

    The first time I ever had banana pudding was in Dallas, Texas. It is a big hug!

    Thanks! Cynthia

    Reply
  17. Jeni

    I love banana pudding! I have it every year instead of birthday cake!

    Reply

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