Banana Pudding is one of the easiest and most traditional recipes one could make.
It’s one of those recipes that doesn’t require much ingredients so it’s affordable and is perfect for a potluck or any other type of gathering.
This is your basic banana pudding, my family only adds in one special ingredient; Mexican Vanilla.
- Vanilla Wafers
- 2 Boxes of Vanilla Instant Pudding
- Milk (For the instant pudding. Follow box for instructions.)
- Bananas (The more pudding you would like, the more bananas you should get.)
- 2 Containers of Whipped Cream
- 2 tsp. of Mexican Vanilla (Optional)
In a separate bowl, follow instructions for the Vanilla Instant Pudding, remember if you are making two boxes, you will double up on the measurement of milk.
Once all combined, let it sit for five minutes.
Set that aside and get your main bowl ready for layering.
The first layer is the Vanilla Wafers.
Next you add a layer of your Vanilla Instant Pudding. Make sure the layer is enough to cover all the wafers.
The next layer will be the sliced bananas.
Before you add the whipped cream, add one teaspoon of the Mexican Vanilla extract and mix it in the container. You do not have to add the Mexican Vanilla but it gives the pudding an extra something. Again, remember if you are using more than one container of whipped cream, add a teaspoon of the Mexican Vanilla extract to each container.
Now that you have completed your first full layer, you repeat each step until you reach the top of the bowl you are using.
- Vanilla Wafers
- Vanilla Instant Pudding
- Sliced Bananas
- Whipped Cream
The last layer on top has to be whipped cream so in case you are running low on the rest of the ingredients, get to a good stopping point and make sure you top off the pudding with whipped cream.
If I have any remaining Vanilla Wafers, I crush them in the bag and sprinkle them on top. Also, if I have any maraschino cherries, I’ll add a few of those too but that is completely optional.
I tend to use a clear glass bowl when I make my banana pudding solely for the reason that I love to look at all layers.
Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat!
This is typically a hit at gatherings and one of my favorite go to recipes, what’s your favorite go to recipe for desserts?
– R. Vargas