Homemade Banana Pudding

OK…T Hollis has stepped up to the plate and posted a made-from-scratch banana pudding in retaliation to Paula Dean’s instant version. Let’s take up the challenge and make it from scratch! If you feel so inclined, try subbing the Chessmen cookies for the vanilla wafers. 🙂

T Hollis

I am still amazed/appalled that “professional” cooks who have magazines & television shows & laud & honor use boxes of pudding mix to make what is called homemade puddings or pies.

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Dessert pudding is simple – a sweet milk sauce, just like making a savory sauce/gravy, the ingredients vary little.

A thickener – in this case, flour. A liquid – milk. This “sauce” has little fat & uses eggs, which can be tricky when adding them to an already-cooking mixture.

Stop buying boxes on Franken-foods & try your hand at from-scratch. You’ll be glad you did!

Banana Pudding

From-Scratch Banana Pudding

My very old, original Banana Pudding recipe which I prepared for DH when we first married almost 35 years ago, this is not. He said it tasted even better than his Big Mama’s (grandmother) – what a smart young man he was!
However, this pudding, like most homemade puddings, can even…

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Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

We love this banana pudding, recipe courtesy of Paula Deen. I made it yesterday, and it doesn’t last long in this house. The longer the pudding sits, the softer the cookies get.


  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding [I use vanilla, I can’t find French vanilla in this size.]
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream [I use the standard 8-ounce container of Cool Whip]


Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

[Tip: I like to open both bags of Chessmen cookies to see if any are broken before I start assembly. I put the broken cookies on the bottom of the dish, saving the intact cookies for the top.]