Homemade Banana Pudding

Hey look! Homemade banana pudding recipe! It’s time for a creamy treat, kids! This was one of my favorite desserts when I was wee, perhaps tied with pistachio pudding out of a box which I just loved, and coming in a close second to bubblegum ice cream from Baskin Robbins which sounds absolutely appalling to me now.

My mom and grandma used boxed pudding mix those many years ago and while I honestly believe that boxed pudding is delicious, it also does have a lot of weird ingredients listed in it, most of which are not “milk, eggs, sugar” which is pretty much all that’s in this homemade vanilla pudding. Pudding which may in fact truly be considered custard, but I’m not from England so I don’t eat that stuff.

I kid. I kid. I’m pretty sure pudding = custard = pudding again.

 

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Homemade Banana Pudding
 
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Homemade vanilla pudding with bananas and vanilla wafers
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk (I’ve used both whole and 2% with good results)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened or cut into small bits
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For assembly:
  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • about 20-30 vanilla wafer cookies
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and cold milk in a pot. Whisk thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the egg yolks and whisk again to combine well.
  3. Add the butter and turn the heat to medium.
  4. Stir constantly until the mixture just begins to bubble (see video). This will take about 5 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. By now it should be thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Set aside.
  7. Layer half the cookies and half the banana slices in the bottom of a 1½ quart dish (or an 8×8 cake pan).
  8. Top with half the pudding, more bananas and/or cookies, and the rest of the pudding.
  9. Top with cookies or lay a piece of plastic wrap right over the top of the pudding and refrigerate for 4-8 hours.
  10. Add more crispy cookies on top when you serve it.

Oh oh oh! And if you’de like to make your own HOMEMADE VANILLA WAFERS click here. I did so for the photo you see on the post, and they were ever-so-heavenly. In fact, way way way better than Nilla wafers, I thought. But I also understand if two homemade things in one day is too much for you. It was too much for me on the day we shot this video, evidently.

Comments

  1. I have made this many times, using the egg whites as a meringue. And then I toast it for a few minutes under the broiler. I once ran out of Nilla Wafers, so I broke up a bunch of Oreos and made crumbs and layered it with those. Which was awesomer!

  2. I want to taste this yummy homemade banana pudding *now* (but I don’t wanna cook it now, heheh). I’ll keep it in the file.

    This is obviously more wholesome than the boxed mix, but you are so brave to admit that you find boxed pudding mix delicious as well. See, I do too, but I didn’t know I could…SAY it. Out loud?? Ahem, “I too find packaged pistachio pudding delicious!”

    Free at last! Free at last!

    • Hahaha! I’m so glad I could help you face your demons and love them anyway, David. :) Man, boxed pudding, right?! Especially that pistachio flavor – it just can’t* be duplicated.

      *Not that I’ve actually tried to duplicate it. I’m just assuming that artificial pistachio flavoring is impossible to make at home.

  3. I did a little Internet research and all I could find for the home cook is this method for making pistachio paste.

  4. Amber Boegly says:

    Oh my god, my mom will LOVE this. I have to make it now… Looks so yummy and probably just as good as boxed pudding…though maybe a tad healthier.

  5. Adrian Apollo says:

    Hilah,
    You are amazing! I think you are hilarious, educational, and essential in my learning process of cooking. Thanks for all your fun and great videos you have. I particuarily follow your vegetrian recipes as I have been vegeterian for the past year(transitioning into vegan) and cant wait to make your bean burgers this week. I cant wait to try this banana pudding one too; looks badass. I hope one day to be able to spread recipes too and do it as entertaining as you do. As a gay latino ameican vegeterian I salute you! Lol.

    Signed,
    Adrian

    • Hi Adrian!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write! You’re very kind. I’m glad to help you learn to cook, so let me know how it turns out!
      xoh

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