Easy Banana Pudding

This is one of my favorite banana puddings to take to potlucks because it tends to please everyone from the kids, adults, true southerners to Yorkers alike!  Not to mention it’s so easy and quick to whip up a huge pan of this stuff. This is the recipe my grandmother uses a lot for family get-togethers. It’s just heavenly!

The addition of the sour cream really adds a special touch and  helps tie in all the flavors. I like how it’s not overly sweet or too rich like some easy banana pudding recipes can be. Don’t let the instant pudding throw you off, it works. Trust me.

easy banana pudding recipe

Don’t tell anybody, but I actually prefer this version of banana pudding over the old fashioned, homemade version.

I made this dessert for a holiday party and a pilot was there and his exact words were “I’ve had banana pudding from all over the world but this stuff is first class!” I never seemed to forget that.  What a compliment!

Watch me make this Easy BananaPudding from start to finish!

easy banana pudding recipe
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Easy Banana Pudding
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Sour cream is the secret to amazing, creamy, easy banana pudding. Everyone always ask for the recipe. Double the recipe, it goes fast!!
Serves: 8-10
  • 3-6 bananas
  • 2 (3.4 oz) box instant Vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 box of Nilla Wafers (You won't need the whole box, unless you just really like nilla wafers)
  • 8 oz. container of Cool Whip
  • 8 oz. container of sour cream
  1. In a bowl, combine pudding and milk.
  2. Stir until creamy.
  3. Add in sour cream and 4 oz (half the container) of cool whip.
  4. Stir until combined.
  5. In a dish, add a layer of chopped bananas and nilla wafers
  6. Spread on a large spoonful of the pudding mixture
  7. Repeat the layering process again, ending with the pudding mixture.
  8. Spread on the remaining cool whip.
  9. Arrange wafers in a patter on top or crush them.
  10. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  11. Serve cold.
Cook time is chill time. TIPS Refrigerate until cold (I usually do 1-3 hours before serving) Don't use banana flavored pudding. Make individual servings by layering in clear cups. So cute! Feel free to layer and decorate how you please. Wanna change up the cookie? Try Chessman cookies! Wanna add something unique? Sliced strawberries add a special touch!


  1. james says

    Man #DivasCanCook…. i made this Banana Pudding and it was a REALLY big hit with my family and friends. In fact, i have been geeting calls requesting me to make more. I had never made Banana Pudding before and this recipe was really wasy to follow. Not to mention it was very cheap to make…. TY Divas Can Cook for an awsome experience.

  2. Shauny says

    Mmm Mmm Mmm!!! Love this Banana pudding. Super easy to make. Banana pudding is one of my favorite deserts & I never knew how to make it. I use to bug ppl to make it for me all the time. Well not any more! This recipe is on point. I was licking the bowl lol… Thanks

  3. Stephanie says

    This is simply divine! So easy and effortless but tastes like a lot if effort was put into it…I am not going through the effort of cooking my pudding fron scratch anymore.

  4. Andrea says

    I will have to tell you that your recipes were a hit at Thanksgiving. I used you dressing and banana pudding recipe. My husband compared the dressing to his mothers (now that says something) and he was amazed when I told him there was sour cream in the banana pudding. He loved them both. From now on when I need a recipe, I’ll be looking here. Thanks!

  5. Andrea Walton says

    This is my first time making banana pudding and you made it so easy! It was a hit with everyone! Absolute perfection!!

  6. AWebb says

    Just made this Banana Pudding today. It is by far theee BEST (sorry granny) !!! Not too sweet, very smooth & DELISH! Thx Monique, I watch your videos on YouTube all the time. Keep the videos coming!

  7. Erica says

    Yummy Yummy Yummy!!! I made this for Easter dinner not only was this my 1st time making Easter dinner but this was my 1st time making Banana pudding!!! It was great everyone loved it :)

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