Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Makes 8 to 10 servings

This homemade pudding in this layered dessert is divine, economical, and uses on-hand staples such as milk, eggs, flour, sugar and bananas. The peanut butter sandwich cookies take this trifle over the top.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted.

Step 2

Fill a large bowl with ice. Place saucepan in ice, and let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly chilled.

Step 3

Meanwhile, cut bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Break cookies into thirds.

Step 4

Spoon half of pudding mixture into a 3-qt. bowl or pitcher. Top with bananas and cookies. Spoon remaining pudding mixture over bananas and cookies. Top with sweetened whipped cream. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Garnish, if desired.

Step 5

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Nabisco Nutter Butter® Sandwich Cookies. For photography, we divided mixture between 2 (1 1/2- to 2-qt.) wide-mouthed pitchers.

Step 6

Shortcut Nutter Butter®-Banana Pudding Trifle: Omit eggs, sugar, flour, and butter. Substitute thawed extra creamy whipped topping for sweetened whipped cream. Reduce vanilla to 1 tsp. Place 3 cups milk and vanilla in large bowl; add 2 (4-oz.) packages vanilla instant pudding mix. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until thickened; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 2 through

Step 7

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling and Cool Whip Extra Creamy.

Ratings & Reviews

Raleigh09's Review

March 08, 2009
Great!!! We used chocolate pudding instead of vanilla, because chocolate is always better.

HBryant's Review

July 05, 2011
I took this to a cookout and it was eaten so quickly. What a great combo....PB cookies and banana pudding. I will definitely only make my banana pudding this way in the future!

buzzbee's Review

July 20, 2009
Excellent! I made a triple batch for a family reunion and had a little left over. My daughter put the left over pudding in freezer pops. Yummy frozen too!

gpandhsmom's Review

November 23, 2010
This is a family and work favorite. I use the short cut recipe and it is delicious. Everyone loves this dish!

MommyG's Review

July 17, 2009
WOW, so easy to make and beautiful too! A footed trifle bowl was $6 at walmart (makes the dessert more showy). Made this one several times and got raves each time. Also, once substitued the nutter butters with vienna finger sandwich cookies for my Aunt who doesn't care for the nutter butter. Delicious!!!!! The longer you can let it chill...the better! When traveling to family get togethers we take a cooler with ice and put the trifle dish (covered w/plastic wrap) down in the ice. The folk you are visiting like this, because they don't have to rearrange their fridge for your food.

NorthernSpie's Review

January 24, 2014
Cold day in the North Country. Saw the recipe on Facebook and just happened to have a bunch of bananas and sent my husband to the convenient store for cookies. Took advantage of the weather and, instead of using ice to chill the pudding, used the snow outside the kitchen door. Filled a large pan with snow, put the pan in the sink, stuck the saucepan in the pan, and cooled the pudding down! Probably would have been fun to do with kids on a snow day! Best part of course was eating it and it's a winner. Will make again, with or without snow!

jimsim's Review

April 01, 2013

jojo58's Review

August 15, 2012
Made this to take to the ex and his wife's house for grandsons going away party. Ex told me that he hoped I was leaving the left overs for him. Daughter and him started debating who was going to get them. I think it is a winner.

SherriRBGR's Review

August 09, 2011
Instead of cooking the pudding, you can always use Eagle Brand's condensed milk. Same diff, and soooo yummy! If you're going to save time, err on what actually tastes homemade and not boxed pudding!!!

Debbie3635's Review

March 08, 2009
This dessert was a hit with my family. The recipe is perfect. I love the pudding. I think this is my family's new favorite dessert. Thanks!!