Grandma's Banana Pudding

A scratch stove - top vanilla pudding poured over vanilla wafers, fresh cut bananas and topped with additional crushed wafers.  

Any family gathering, get-together or cookout wouldn't be complete without a big bowl of homemade banana pudding! This holds true at my house and my mother in laws house. Southern Banana Pudding  is my families favorite old fashioned dessert, but my oldest son prefers banana pudding without the meringue topping.  

If you were raised in the south then you pretty much had the meringue version of banana pudding. This recipe is also listed on every box of Nilla Wafers, so it's been around for quite some time. I prefer to use Nilla Wafers versus other brands, but if I can't find them Mothers brand vanilla wafers is my second choice.  

Since my son isn't too keen on having the meringue topping occasionally I will make this recipe for Grandma's Banana Pudding. It's pretty much the same thing, but minus the meringue topping. Instead additional crushed vanilla wafers are used for the topping. I think this version is just as tasty and just as pretty as the original.  

I prefer my banana pudding a warm, but some folks like it cold. It's really a personal preference and great both ways. If you're looking for a good down home dessert, I hope you'll give this recipe a try. 

Yield: 6
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Grandma's Banana Pudding

Grandma's Banana Pudding

A scratch stove - top vanilla pudding poured over vanilla wafers, fresh cut bananas and topped with additional crushed wafers.
Cook time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 3  cups milk
  • 1  1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 of a 12 - 16 ounce box vanilla wafers
  • 2 to 3 bananas, sliced semi- thick
  • 1  1/2 cups additional crushed vanilla wafers for topping


  1. In a medium size pot over medium heat, add the flour, sugar and eggs, mix well. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly using a wire whisk.
  2. Continue stirring pudding until it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until the pudding has thickened. You will know the pudding is thick enough when it coats the back of a spoon.
  3. Remove pudding from heat, add the butter and vanilla extract. Mix to combine and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the vanilla wafers, and sliced bananas. Pour the pudding mixture over the vanilla wafers and bananas and lightly mix.
  5. Pour the pudding mixture into a serving dish. Crush about 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers and sprinkle on top of the pudding.
  6. Refrigerate before serving.
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Adapted from: A cowboys wife

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Shelly Maynard said…
Oh YUM!! A good, homemade, Southern banana pudding just can't be beat!! I have to agree with you -- I prefer my banana pudding warm, too. There's just something about the way the warmth melds those flavors together that make my tastebuds quite happy! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I always love trying different versions of our favorite dishes. We make ours in cast iron!
Ginae Reviews said…
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that I just want to pull my hair back from my face, wait until not one was looking and dive right in. Yes. I'd start in the middle too.

Hey! To be fair to me, that looks delicious and I haven't eaten anything all day now!
Misty N said…
Oh good gosh! You just made me so hungry with this delicious banana pudding recipe. One of my all time favorite foods. And my grandma definitely makes a killer one too! I need to try yours out and compare, lol! Perfect summer dessert
LisaLisa said…
Mmmm, Mmmmm, good! I remember how my mom would make banana pudding for us when we were young. I've never tried to create one on my own, I guess I need to try to make one now. Going to try this when the kids get out of school!
Unknown said…
Oh my gosh! So good. Banana pudding, with nilla cookies have always been a favorite treat of mine. I have never made my own pudding though, I will have to do this. Looks like a great dessert option for tonight. YUM!
Ali Rost said…
I haven't thought about banana pudding with Nilla wafers in ages! When my daughter was little, it was one of her favorite comfort foods. Now that she has a family of her own, I'll be passing your post along to her. I know she'll love to start the same tradition with her own family x
Reese Speaks said…
I haven't had banana pudding in a long time. My mom used to make it for us ad we loved it. I like that you can use this as a substitute for a meringue topping. I will keep this in mind and use it for my kids.
Mary said…
I haven't had banana pudding since I was a teen, this takes me back. I'll have to make your recipe for the family.
Unknown said…
We love banana pudding, especially when it is made from scratch! This actually looks very similar to my husbands recipe for it. I'm going to have to give this one a try, too!
Unknown said…
Yummm!! I'm getting hungry just reading this! I think it would go great hot with some custard! What a delicious combo that would be on a cold winters night!
Anosa said…
I guess I will just make some twist to this. Might add some caramel syrup and almonds on top.
Kiwi said…
I love homemade desserts. I am trying better to make more items from scratch. Any banana pudding love would enjoy this post.