May 10th, 2013

Not Your Mama’s Banana Pudding

Not Your Mama's Banana Pudding



This banana pudding is a Paula Deen recipe, and the first time I made it, I thought it was good, but I wanted it to be even better.  After I made it the second time, I came to the conclusion that it was a little too much like whipped cream and not enough like pudding.  I also thought it needed a little more flavor.  So I cut back on the amount of Cool Whip, and I added some vanilla.  Those changes not only improved the texture and flavor, they also improved the color.  Now the pudding is light yellow instead of white.


This recipe is really easy, and if you need a great dessert in a hurry, I highly recommend this one.  My whole family loves it.  Here’s a look at some of the yummy ingredients that go into it:

This is a layered pudding, and the first layer is just a package of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies.

Cover the cookies with half of the custard mixture.

Then a layer of sliced bananas.

The remaining custard goes on top of the bananas.

And top it all off with another package of Chessmen cookies.  What could be easier?  And it REALLY is delicious!

Banana Pudding

Posted under Desserts

14 Responses to “Not Your Mama’s Banana Pudding”

  1. I’ve seen her recipe for banana pudding and it looks so delish!!

  2. Why not just use banana pudding for a really banana flavored desert…yum!

  3. I don’t like banana pudding so I used fresh berries once, and during the holidays I use pumpkin as a replacement. Add a dash of pumpkin pie spice to the pudding-Cool Whip mixture and its yummy!

  4. This is one of the best deserts I have ever tasted. My co-worker exposed this recipe to me at our seasonal party at work. IT WAS THE HIT. Just wanted to share my appreciation for this recipe. THANK YOU LOVE IT :-)

  5. Tuwanda, thank YOU for such a nice comment! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the banana pudding. I like how it not only tastes great, it’s also super easy to make.

  6. I tried this recipe for the first time. I didn’t use the vanilla pudding, I used banana cream pudding instead and let me say pure AWESOME!!!!!

  7. My husband loves the classic vanilla wafer banana pudding and coincidentally he’s also a big fan of Paula Dean’s desserts so I have to make this for him to try!

  8. Summer, I’ll just bet he’s gonna love it!

  9. I make this recipe 3 times a year by request…..I use two boxes of pudding instead of one…banana flavored and French vanilla…it gives it great color consistency and awesome taste.

  10. This is a great desert for any special day. I make it for all holidays and any special day I can make up between, like girls day for the kids, super sunny day, rainy day pick me up. If you can think of anymore let me know. I would make it everyday if I could come up with enough reasons. It is so light and fluffy and has a really good texture with a fantastic taste…Best banana pudding ever.

  11. I’ve been making this recipe for years. Instead of the added vanilla, I have always used two boxes of French Vanilla pudding, and I use heavy whipping cream, whipped almost to the texture of butter. Real whipping cream makes the pudding much thicker.

  12. I have been making this recipe for years for people(at their request). I usually use 2 small boxes (3.4oz each I think) of French vanilla pudding and the extra creamy Cool Whip, and that gives it that vanilla-y flavour and thick consistency. Before serving, you can stick it in the freezer for it to firm up more. I personally hate regular banana pudding :( I love this Paula Deen recipe. I think the way that you layered it elevates it even more, I will have to try it!

  13. Can this recipe be made the night before or will the cookies become soft?

  14. Tamy, it’s better to make this dessert the same day you serve it if you can. The reasons are twofold: the bananas will probably start to turn a little brown and the cookies will begin to get soft.

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