I’ve been making a lot of recipes lately from my childhood. My grandma was a master of all those 1960s fun desserts: jello salads, Watergate Salad, and of course, Banana Pudding. When I was a kid I remember eagerly helping her lay out those Nilla Wafers and bananas, then waiting for her to pour the pudding over the top so I could add more layers. I recently made an updated version of that classic old school Banana Pudding Recipe and this one is no bake and absolutely amazing. I dare say it tops my childhood version!
I changed up my Grandma’s banana pudding recipe by first making the dessert into a trifle. Because, well, everything is prettier in a trifle dish, right?! Second, my Grandma never used the homemade pudding that you cook, she was a straight Jello Instant Pudding kind of lady and I wanted to make this version a little more interesting without adding too much extra fuss. So, I borrowed a bit from my very favorite Dirt Cake Recipe and adapted the custard from that dessert to make this one. It was a hit, y’all! I hope you enjoy!
Easy Banana Pudding Recipe
An update on the classic Banana Pudding recipe, this Easy Banana Pudding Trifle is no bake and whips together quickly. Once you try it you’ll never go back to the original!
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 box Jello INSTANT French Vanilla pudding
- 1 box Jello INSTANT Banana Creme pudding
- 8 oz Cool Whip
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1 box Nilla Wafers (plus crumbs for garnish if desired)
- 4 ripe bananas, sliced thinly
Cream together butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in a mixer until blended, do not overmix.
In a separate bowl, whisk together pudding mixes, Cool Whip, and milk. Add to Cream cheese mixture and mix on low until blended.
In the bottom of a trifle dish add a layer of cookies. Top with 1″ of pudding mixture. Add bananas, followed by cookies then pudding. Repeat for three layers. Top with a decorative layer of banana slices and crushed Nilla Wafers if desired.
This can easily be layered in any kind of dish if you do not have a trifle dish.
What do you think of the updated recipe? I’d love your feedback if you try it. You might also like these other classic dessert recipes: