Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell
Prep Time
30 Mins
Other Time
50 Mins
Makes 8 servings

These make great individual party desserts. We love it with extra wafers.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°. Combine flour and salt in a medium saucepan. Gradually stir in 1% milk, sweetened condensed milk, and yolks, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

Step 2

Layer 3 banana slices, 3 1/2 Tbsp. pudding, and 3 vanilla wafers in each of 8 (1-cup) ramekins or ovenproof glass dishes. Top each with 6 banana slices, 3 1/2 Tbsp. pudding, and 3 vanilla wafers.

Step 3

Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Spread about 1/2 cup meringue over each pudding.

Step 4

Bake at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool 30 minutes.

Step 5

Note: An 8-inch square baking dish may be substituted for glass dishes. Arrange 1 cup bananas on bottom of dish. Top with one-third pudding mixture and 16 vanilla wafers. Repeat layers twice, ending with pudding. Arrange remaining 16 wafers around inside edge of dish, gently pressing wafers into pudding. Spread meringue over pudding, sealing edges; bake 20 to 25 minutes; cool as directed.

Ratings & Reviews

Absolutely Delicious!

July 26, 2016
My version of the recipe was awesome! I followed the recipe ingredients but with some modifications. I used regular sweetened condensed milk, regular vanilla wafers, instead of 2% milk, I used half and half, and I added some sugar, maybe 2 teaspoons. I used an 8x8 glass dish. I layered the bottom with vanilla wafers, then bananas, and then the pudding. I repeated the layering and topped with crushed wafers. I used the entire box! It was fabulous! I have to say it was the BEST Banana Pudding I ever had! And I made it!

July 26, 2016
Try my version. You won't be disappointed! 😋

NettaLittle's Review

April 11, 2013
First, I haven't made this recipe BUT I do make banana pudding all the time. I accidentally picked up reduced-fat vanilla wafers one day and I've found they hold up better than regular ones, so I'd encourage you to try this recipe. I'm going to.

mtw785's Review

July 20, 2012
This recipe is perfect! I'm sad that the 2 1-star reviews bring the overall rating down because you need to try this recipe if you're making banana pudding. Tastes authentic -- just like a good 'ole southern meat 'n three restaurant would have -- and is fairly easy to make. It's my go-to, and I'm never using any other banana pudding recipe again.

cavanvva's Review

December 13, 2011

CrystalA31's Review

June 08, 2011

jill2010's Review

August 02, 2010
Wonderful! My family loved this and it tasted just like grandma's. I used regular vanilla wafers and 2% milk instead of the reduced fat that was listed. I also made it in and 8x8 glass baking dish. This is a recipe that I will keep.

jamesy's Review

July 20, 2010
I just made this last night and my family and I agree it was worthy of using a boxed mix. I did cheat a little since I did not have the items on hand. I used regular condensed milk and regular vanilla wafers. The pudding so far is the best where from scratch is concerned. Maybe the low starred reviewers should try using what I used since it sounds like they like richer food.

kmdc52's Review

July 15, 2010
It always amazes me that someone would take the time to review a recipe they haven't tried. The one star reviews are bogus, don't believe them. This recipe is awesome! Just make sure you let the pudding cool slightly before assembling, as it cooks the bananas if you don't.

tgracey's Review

July 06, 2010
I made this dessert over the 4th of July for my family and it was outstanding. A long time southener my mother made this often when I was growing up but I had never tried to make it myself. This recipe was easy (I made the 8x8 size) and it was gone in no time! Everyone loved it including my mom. I will definetly make it again