Homemade Banana Pudding – A Hug From The South!

by Texas Homesteader ~

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

Healthy wholesome ingredients – skim milk, real butter, flour, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla, plus bananas & wafers to make banana pudding. 

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

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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.

How To Turn Vanilla Pudding Into Banana Pudding

I simply used my regular vanilla pudding recipe and added the bananas and nilla wafer cookies to turn it into banana pudding.

Vanilla Pudding Ingredients

      • Granulated Sugar

      • All-Purpose Flour

      • Butter

      • Milk

      • Egg Yolks

Add-Ins To Make Banana Pudding:

I’ll show my procedure to you here and I’ll share my recipe below.

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

Making Homemade Banana Pudding

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

I combined the sugar, flour and salt and stirred it all together in my pan. Then I added the boiling water and the butter, turning the heat on the stove to medium.

After the butter melted I blended the egg yolk into the milk and poured it all into the pudding. It was gently simmered until it began to thicken.

Just as it was starting to thicken I mashed a banana and stirred it right into the pudding. I think it infuses the banana flavor nicely throughout the pudding.

When the pudding was as thick as I wanted it I pulled it from the heat, added the vanilla and stirred it in.

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

How To Serve Homemade Banana Pudding

Then I prepared the pudding dish. The dish was lined with cookies and I placed a layer of sliced bananas on top of the cookies.

Then I poured the hot pudding into the dish and topped it with more cookies. You can either crush the cookies and sprinkle them on top or simply place a layer of cookies on top so it covers completely.

Homemade banana pudding topped with vanilla wafer cookies. #TexasHomesteader

When it’s time to serve I line a cute vintage wide-mouth 1/2 pint jelly jar with a few wafers and spooned the warm pudding in.

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

Serving Banana Pudding In Canning Jars

At other gatherings when I’ve whipped up this banana pudding I’ve also presented them in single-serve 1/2-pint jelly jars. I really love the way they look.

And the pudding can be made up in advance and served right in their jars. So it makes it simple when serving – already portioned out in single-serving sizes. And oh-so-cute to boot!

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

Sectioning off the pudding in these single-serve jars was easy, I just layered cookies on the bottom for 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! Now that’s a fun presentation, y’all!

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 pudding? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Homemade Vanilla Pudding (w/Banana Pudding Add-Ins)

Good ole comfort food.  Homemade Banana Pudding - 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


  • 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 Nilla Wafers, or to taste (Add-ins for Banana Pudding)


  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


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

  1. Edye

    Nothing like a good ol’ banana pudding! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  2. 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!

  3. Kathy

    This is one of our family’s favorites! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    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~

  9. 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

  10. Linda @ A La Carte

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

    This looks so good, and pretty easy too! My kids love bananas and nilla wafers so I know this would be a hit in my house! Pinning!

    I would love for you to come over and link up at Wine’d Down Wednesday if you get a chance. We party every week from Tuesday evening to late Friday night! Hope to see you there!

  14. Autumn Rennie

    Definitely a staple in our southern family! Delicious!

  15. Rachel Uchizono

    The banana pudding looks amazing! One of my favorites!

  16. sue@thet2women

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

  17. Jenny

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

  18. Rachel

    Ah yes, very Southern! Love banana pudding #TALU 🙂

  19. 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.

    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~

  20. Cynthia L

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

    Thanks! Cynthia

  21. Cindy Chandler

    This sounds like the one a true southerner would make. Please send me updated posts my e-mail:
    Thanks so much!!!

  22. Jeni

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

  23. Lauren

    Nilla wafers and banana pudding. Oh my word! I have to eat some! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  24. Lea

    Sounds easy, looks delicious!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea’s Menagerie


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