Sometimes the sweet treat you crave is a red eye flight away. For me, it’s Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding. It’s the best! It’s a must order next time you’re in NYC. It’s the perfect banana flavor without being too much. My favorite part is how the Nilla wafer cookies turn soft like cake in the pudding. Good News, you don’t have to fly to New York to enjoy this decadent dessert, you can make it at home!
Here’s the fun part, you can make small servings like these cute mini glass trifle bowls:
…or you can serve it in a big dish to serve a crowd.
The ingredients are so simple! This recipe comes from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook.
No banana flavoring needed, just fresh bananas.
You’ll have to make the jello pudding a day ahead and allow it to set in the fridge overnight.
We made a short video so you can see just how easy it comes together.
You can print the recipe here:
- 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
- ¾ cups cold filtered water
- 1 small box (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- 4 medium bananas
- 1 box of Nilla Wafers (cookies)
- Blend together the sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix and cold water until combined. Transfer to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
- When the pudding mixture has chilled overnight and is set. Start to beat the cold whipping cream using a whisk attachment in an electric mixer until the cream is fluffy and holds a stiff peak.
- With a big spatula gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream. Continue to fold and stir just until the pudding is combined.
- Slice up the bananas, reserving ½ of a banana (in the peel) to add on top just before serving.
- Begin assembly by adding a layer of the pudding whipped cream mixture to the bottom followed by a layer of Nilla wafer cookies, a few slices of banana, and another layer of the pudding. Repeat with cookies, bananas and pudding. Continue until you fill the serving dish or you run out of the ingredients for each layer.
- Chill the desserts at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours. Shortly before serving, add a garnish of more banana slices and a few more cookies to finish it off.
*Update: This recipe has been updated. We have changed the water amount when making the pudding mixture. The vanilla pudding should be thick once set before folding in the whipped cream.