Homemade Banana Pudding Dessert Recipe. Slow cooked vanilla bean custard layered with fresh bananas, nilla wafers and fluffy whipped cream. A perfect Southern dessert and homemade Magnolia Bakery copycat with made from scratch pudding.

Homemade Banana Pudding Dessert

A homemade Banana Pudding Dessert made with layers of handcrafted custard, freshly sliced bananas, fluffy whipped cream, and Nilla wafers.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade banana pudding
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


Homemade Vanilla Bean Pudding:

  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla or 1 Vanilla Bean scraped

Vanilla Whipped Cream:

  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla or Vanilla Bean scraped
  • 4-5 Bananas sliced
  • 1/2 Box Nilla Wafers


  1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat sugar, cornstarch, flour, salt, and milk over medium heat. Bring to a slow rolling boil and let thicken. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  2. While the milk mixture is cooking, place egg yolks in small bowl. Temper egg yolks by spooning a small amount of hot milk into a bowl. Keep stirring.
  3. Bring it back to a boil for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.
  5. Let chill in refrigerator and cool completely.
  6. Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla.
  7. Slice bananas and sprinkle with lemon juice or fruit fresh to prevent browning.
  8. Layer banana pudding dessert with pudding, bananas, nilla wafers, and whipped cream.
  9. Let chill in refrigerator to set up.