Since I was little, I can remember my grandfather, which I named, Peepaw when I was about three years old, always requested Banana Pudding. For every birthday + Father's Day and any other time he was asked what his favorite dessert was. He's a true southerner and was born + raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where this southern dessert feels right at home. I too, quickly took a liking to it and we shared many banana pudding moments together over the years. He still asks for it, and last time they visited, I took a short cut and discovered the BEST instant mix out there at Whole Foods. I even fooled those 85 year old tastebuds. He honestly thought I made it from scratch. Fooled ya Peeps! So, if you're into all those steps and really want to make it from scratch, here's a good one- Banana Pudding

If you're wanting to fool everyone and save yourself some time in the kitchen, keep reading! I'm certain you wont be disappointed. It's truly the best I've had and I continue to buy this organic mix. One thing I really love, is its natural coloring. It doesn't have that typical bright yellow banana pudding color, with a fakey imitation banana taste. Did I mention how EASY it is?!?!

You may want to make a double batch. Just sayin'.....Enjoy it!





1. Combine pudding mix and milk in a small sauce pan. Stir well to dissolve mixture. For extra creamy, smooth pudding, add 1 well beaten egg yolk to the dissolved mixture. 

2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Bring mixture to boil, cook and stir for an additional minute before removing from heat. Set aside. 

3.Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish { I like to use my 3 qt. casserole dish too} with Nilla Wafers, flat sides up.

4. Next add a wafer border around the dish. 

5. Carefully spread 1/3 of pudding mixture on top of wafers, and up to the side of border wafers. 

6. Add a single layer of sliced bananas, about one sliced banana per layer. Next add another layer of wafers, 1/3 pudding, bananas and repeat one more time.

7. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1.5 hours. The plastic wrap will keep the pudding from getting that yucky film on top. 

8.Before serving, Remove plastic wrap and spread whipped topping all over the top. That's it! 

Serves 6-8


*Here's a great party idea and goes with the whole southern theme. Apply the same layering method in mason jars. Who doesn't love dessert in a jar?