The Best No Bake Banana Pudding

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This No Bake Banana Pudding is the best I’ve ever had. The rich creamy pudding is full of flavor with just a few simple ingredients. You can make this easy homemade banana pudding as is, or top it with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or both! You’ll love this easy banana pudding recipe topped with fresh banana slices.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Creamy and Comforting: This No Bake Banana Pudding recipe is a rich, satisfying treat for all ages.
  • Effortless Preparation: You can make banana pudding with no oven time meaning less hassle and time.
  • Versatile Dessert: This homemade banana pudding is perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or just a sweet end to a family dinner.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Banana Instant Pudding: you can find instant pudding in the baking aisle of your local supermarket.
  • Cold Milk: I like to use 2% but you can use whole milk, skim, or even almond milk!
  • Cool Whip Thawed: You can find this in the freezer section next to the ice cream. If you’d like, you can make your own whipped cream!
  • Vanilla Wafers Crushed: I like to put them in a ziplock bag and use a meat mallet or the back of a spoon to crush them.
  • Medium Bananas Sliced: I like to put them in right before I’m ready to serve so they don’t get brown.
The Best No-Bake Banana Pudding ingredients

How To Make No Bake Banana Pudding?

Step One: Prepare Pudding

In a large bowl, add your instant pudding mix along with the milk. Whisk until smooth.

Step Two: Add Cool Whip

Once the pudding has thickened, fold in the cool whip. You want to fold the whipped topping in to keep your mixture thick.

Step Three: Incorporate Bananas And Wafers

Next, add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers by folding them in.

Step Four: Store

Store your creamy banana pudding in an airtight container if not immediately serving.

add toppings on top

Step Five: Serve

To serve, place extra banana slices and crushed vanilla wafers on top!

No-Bake Banana Pudding

Cooking Tips

  • Gentle: When folding in the whipped topping, gently incorporate it into the pudding mixture to maintain its light texture without overmixing.


  • Variation Using Vanilla Mix: Substitute the banana cream pudding mix for a Instant vanilla pudding mix to infuse the banana pudding with a rich creamy vanilla pudding.

Storage Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Store banana pudding in a jar, cover each jar with airtight lids. Refrigerate within 2 hours of assembly. Consume within 1-2 days for optimal freshness.
  • Freezing (Without Topping): You can freeze this classic Banana Pudding mixture for longer storage. Ensure the jars are freezer-safe, and label them with the freezing date. Store for up to 1-2 months.
  • Thawing: When ready to enjoy a frozen jar, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Add fresh sliced bananas to enhance the banana flavor.

What to Serve with This Recipe?

  • Fresh Berry Medley: A vibrant mix of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries adds freshness to balance the creamy sweetness.
  • Toasted Coconut Chips: Crispy coconut flakes provide a delightful crunch, complementing the smooth texture of the banana pudding.
  • Ginger Snap Cookies: The spiciness of ginger snaps adds an extra layer of flavor, creating a delightful contrast to the banana goodness.
  • Homemade Whipped Cream: Serve with a dollop of heavy whipping cream for a little extra indulgence and creamy texture.

If you love this banana pudding you’ll want to try this Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie Recipe too!


What Is Banana Pudding?

Banana pudding is a delicious dessert made with fresh bananas, milk, instant pudding, and vanilla wafers. It’s typically served cold or at room temperature and can be enjoyed on a cool Summers’s day.

This no-bake banana pudding recipe is my favorite because it’s so easy to make and can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

When Is Banana Pudding Served?

Banana pudding can be enjoyed year-round but is typically served during the Summer months. You can make this banana pudding in bowls or serve in a jar as shown in this recipe.

Can I use My Own Heavy Whipping Cream?

Yes, you can use your own heavy whipping cream as a substitute for Cool Whip in recipes. Simply whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, and use it in place of Cool Whip in equal amounts.

No-Bake Banana Pudding

No-Bake Banana Pudding

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Delicious No-Bake Banana Pudding You'll Ever Make


  • 1 3.5 oz banana instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 c cold milk
  • 8 oz cool whip thawwed
  • 2 c vanilla wafers crushed
  • 2 medium bananas sliced


  1. In a large bowl add your instant banana pudding along with the milk. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Once the pudding has thickened, fold in the cool whip. You want to fold the cool whip in to keep your mixture thick.
  3. Next add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers by folding them in.
  4. Store in an airtight container if not immediately serving.
  5. To serve, place extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g

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