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!
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
Add-Ins To Make Banana Pudding:
About 20 Vanilla Wafer Cookies (NOTE: I often make my own vanilla wafers!)
I’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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
- 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)
Mix sugar, flour & salt together in skillet on stove.
Add boiling water & butter and stir to combine and turn heat on medium. Heat until butter is melted
Mix milk and beaten egg yolk together in separate container and pour into the pudding and stir.
OPTIONAL: For Banana Pudding, add 1 mashed banana now
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.
OPTIONAL - For Banana Pudding, add chopped bananas atop a bed of vanilla wafers, ladle on pudding & top with additional vanilla wafers as desired.
NOTE: Can use up to 3 yolks for a richer pudding
Other Easy Desserts
Cakes, Pies, Cobblers
- Depression-Era CRAZY CAKE – No Butter, Eggs or Milk
- Homemade Peach Cobbler
- Easy Instant Pot Cheesecake
- Mason-Jar Cheesecakes
- Homemade 3-Ingredient Graham Cracker Crust
- Apple Crumble QUICK With Pie Filling
- Strawberry Shortcake Dessert
- No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie
- Fresh Pear Cake
- Easy Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream Cake
- Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins Or Bread Loaf
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Fast Dessert: Spiced Rum Fried Apples
- Pumpkin Bread (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)
- Healthier Banana Bread Recipe
- Rich, Chocolaty Homemade Brownies
- Healthier Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies
- Cake-Mix Cookies – Only 3 Ingredients!
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies
- Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe
- Banana Pudding – A Hug From The South
- (make your own homemade Vanilla Wafers too!)
- Making Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
Ice Cream & Other Desserts
- Easy Homemade Peach Ice Cream
- Healthier ‘Ice Cream’ Using Bananas & Fruit
- Cherry-Pie Tortilla Rolls
- Triple Chocolate Truffles
- No-Cook Chocolate Frosting
- Stir-n-Pour Drizzle Chocolate
- Quick Homemade Whipped Cream
- Easy Honey Glaze
- Homemade Whipped Cream (Sweetened With Honey)
- Cherry Pie Filling From Frozen Cherries
- Peach Pie Filling From Canned Peaches
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