Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding


This homemade banana pudding recipe is from my Oma. She makes the most amazing desserts and this recipe is certainly no exception. Trying her homemade banana pudding might make you gag at the thought of ever having the boxed stuff again. :)  The title is a bit deceiving, however. The more accurate description of this recipe is actually “homemade vanilla pudding with bananas.” There isn’t any fake banana flavoring in this pudding (thank goodness…we don’t want pudding that tastes like a banana Runt, do we?). :)

You can, of course, make this in a large bowl and layer it (Nilla wafers, bananas, pudding, repeat), but I thought it would be fun to use these small Ball jars for individual portions.


Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe:

4 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2/3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
Dash of salt
Mini Nilla Wafers
Sliced Bananas
Ball Half Pint Wide-Mouth Jars


making banana pudding

1. Mix all of the ingredients (except the Nilla wafers and bananas) together in a pot and cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir continuously. I mixed my eggs in a small bowl to make it easier to stir within the mixture.


2. Once the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like consistency, remove from heat. Fill your sink with water, add some ice, and let it cool before layer it in your bowl/jar.

layering banana pudding

3. If using the jars to layer your pudding, put your mini Nilla wafers on the outside of the jar (they fit perfectly on the edges of this size jar). Then add bananas and pudding.

Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding

This recipe can also be used as the base of coconut cream pie. Half the recipe, then mix in 1 cup of coconut at the end for your coconut filling. Top with whipped cream and a little baked coconut. :)

Yum! Be sure to check out more of our family’s favorite recipes!



  1. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. My family will love it. Knowing that it’s from your Oma makes it extra special. I sure miss my Oma. She made some wonderful desserts too.

  2. Hi! This sounds amazing! In the recipe, it didn’t say how many bananas to use to make the pudding. Did I miss it somewhere, or does it not matter how many you use? Thank you so much for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. I can’t remember how many I used…probably around 3? Just as many as I needed to make the layers evenly distributed. I also like to eat the pudding plain without the bananas too. :)

  3. How far in advance can you make this? I am serving it to my book club Wednesday night. Should I make Wednesday morning or can I make it earlier?

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