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

Susan718's Review

July 05, 2014
I made this for the Fourth- delicious and creamy. I'm glad I read other reviews because I cooked the pudding until it bubbled and really thickened and it made a great dessert!

Msippigrl's Review

May 04, 2014
3 stars as written because it would thicken properly. I had to add more flour in a little milk and cook longer. Next time I will use only the yolks of 3 large eggs and 1/2 cup flour, and a good pinch of salt. I used whipped topping instead of whipping cream. The taste was good and we enjoyed it in the end.

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!

greeneggsandham's Review

May 31, 2013
Help!!! I followed the recipe exactly. I did the ice thing. It's 3 hours later and the pudding is still runny???

AmyNJames's Review

April 01, 2013
I doubled the pudding recipe as suggested in other reviews and was glad I did. The pudding has a light, vanilla flavor. I will increase the vanilla the next time I make this. This dish was a hit at the family Easter gathering.

jimsim's Review

April 01, 2013

stacy12345's Review

March 31, 2013
I made this today for Easter. I used the shortcut method and used sugar-free pudding and sugar-free Cool Whip. Still it was very good and I cut some calories!

jdolcelli's Review

October 24, 2012
So good! It was really a hit at the office. I'll definitely make this again!

swimthang3's Review

August 21, 2012
what did we do wrong???? we put the eggs and such over heat and at the end we had to strain it becuase there was scrambled egg pieces in it......overall it was good but we added A LOT OF SUGAR AND VANILLA

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.