Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is made with layers of creamy pudding, sliced bananas, and Nilla wafers that soften to a cake-like consistency in this easy, semi-homemade 6-ingredient no-bake dessert. It's exactly like the banana pudding you would get at Magnolia Bakery in NYC and perfect for potlucks, birthdays, and weekend entertaining!

We love banana desserts at our house! Whether that's an Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie, Soft Banana Pudding Cookies, or these irresistible Banana Bars with Penuche Frosting, you can't go wrong with these delicious treats!

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding in trifle dish topped with Nilla wafers and bananas
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  1. Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is simply the best!
  2. Magnolia Banana Pudding Ingredients
  3. How to make Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding
  4. Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Tips for Success
  5. How to serve Magnolia Banana Pudding
  6. Banana Pudding Recipe (Magnolia Bakery version) FAQs
  7. More Desserts You'll Love
  8. Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe Recipe
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Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is simply the best!

The amazingness of Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding will make you think this is a fancy homemade pudding that includes a lot of ingredients. While I pride myself in making most things from-scratch, this banana pudding recipe is actually one of the simplest desserts I've made that actually tastes as it came from a bakery.

The recipe comes straight from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook and the minimal ingredients alone give you a reason to keep this recipe on file and close by.

I actually have another favorite banana pudding recipe on my site that is a southern version complete with toasted meringue on top that I like to serve warm, but it's quite different from the version I'm sharing today that was popularized by the famous Magnolia Bakery in New York City.

When I can't travel to the Big Apple, I enjoy making some of their famous foods at home! Not only is it less expensive, but I don't have to wait in notoriously long lines that can literally wind around the block to get my fix of Levain chocolate chip cookies or Magnolia Bakery banana pudding!

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Trifle on white counter top with whole bananas and a spoon

This is a perfect recipe to whip up for a get-together, a quick after-dinner dessert, or just when you are craving some banana pudding. It doesn't take much: just some instant pudding, slightly under ripe bananas, heavy cream, condensed milk, and Nilla Wafers.

You can fancy it up in a trifle dish or layer it in individual cups. Or just throw it together in a big bowl or 9x13 baking dish and you'll have yourself a creamy tasty dessert in no time.

Magnolia Banana Pudding Ingredients

  • Sweetened condensed milk: This pantry staple is thick and sweet and is perfect for sweetening the pudding just right.
  • Vanilla instant pudding mix: The Jell-O brand works really well, but grab whatever you can find. I haven't tried other flavors like cheesecake or white chocolate, but I imagine they would work in a pinch.
  • Bananas: Barely ripe bananas are what you want for this recipe because they won't brown as quickly. They can even be slightly green. This is not the recipe to use your spotty, overripe bananas. Save those for banana bread.
  • Nilla Wafers: Because what is banana pudding without Nilla Wafers? We love those crunchy, lightly sweet little cookies and use them in a lot of desserts!
Nilla wafers, Jell-o Instant Pudding, heavy cream, bananas, condensed milk

How to make Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

  1. Beat the sweetened condensed milk and water in a large bowl using a hand mixer until combined. Add the vanilla instant pudding mix and beat well for 2-3 minutes, then set in the refrigerator to chill completely and set up, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  1. Beat the heavy cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the banana pudding with a spatula, taking care not to deflate the whipped cream too much but making sure everything gets mixed evenly.
whipped cream folded into vanilla pudding mixture in a glass bowl
  1. Assemble. Arrange ⅓ of the Nilla wafers in the bottom of a trifle dish, 9x13-inch pan, or even individual mason jars or cups. Add ⅓ of the sliced bananas, then spoon ⅓ of the pudding over the top of these.
  2. Repeat the layers 2 more times, reserving a few Nilla wafers and bananas for decorating the top.
  1. Chill then serve. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours until set up and the Nilla Wafers have softened. You don't want to go much longer than 8 hours or the bananas will start to turn brown.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Tips for Success

  • Storage: This banana pudding will keep well covered in the fridge for only about a day, maybe two.
  • Freezing: The bakery itself recommends not freezing this recipe. I haven't tried myself, but imagine it would be awfully watery and the bananas would be mushy and not good.
  • Fluffy Pudding: To keep your pudding fluffy and creamy, carefully fold the whipped cream into the banana pudding with a spatula, taking care not to deflate the whipped cream too much but making sure everything gets mixed evenly.

How to keep bananas from turning brown in Banana Pudding

Selecting underripe bananas at the store helps keep them from turning brown too quickly once you slice them. To keep sliced bananas from turning brown, you can also try brushing them with a little lemon juice or club soda.

How long does it take vanilla wafers to soften in Banana Pudding?

In my experience, you need at LEAST 30 minutes for the vanilla wafers to start to soften in banana pudding, but it’s even better if they have at least 2 hours to ensure that they are softened.

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding layered in a trifle dish on a white table with a dish towel and a serving spoon

How to serve Magnolia Banana Pudding

One of the best things about banana pudding is that it lends itself to a rustic, homey presentation. You can assemble it in a trifle dish or in a baking dish and serve the whole thing on the table with plates or bowls and a large serving spoon so everyone can serve themselves. Or assembly it in individual mason jars, plastic cups, or other dessert bowls for a slightly more sophisticated presentation.

Taking a scoop out of magnolia bakery banana pudding with a silver spoon

Banana Pudding Recipe (Magnolia Bakery version) FAQs

Can I make this pudding in advance?

You can actually make the pudding part of this recipe in advance since it needs time to thicken up, but I would not recommend assembling until 4-8 hours before you serve it.

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Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is made with layers of creamy pudding, sliced bananas, and Nilla wafers that soften to a cake-like consistency in this easy, semi-homemade 6-ingredient no-bake dessert. It's exactly like the banana pudding you would get at Magnolia Bakery in NYC and perfect for potlucks, birthdays, and weekend entertaining!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ cups ice cold water
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups sliced barely ripe bananas
  • 1 (12-ounce) box Nilla Wafers

Instructions
 

  • Beat the sweetened condensed milk and water in a large bowl using a hand mixer until combined. Add the vanilla instant pudding mix and beat well for 2-3 minutes, then set in the refrigerator to chill completely and set up, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Beat the heavy cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the chilled pudding with a spatula, taking care not to deflate the whipped cream too much but making sure everything gets mixed evenly.
  • Arrange ⅓ of the Nilla wafers in the bottom of a trifle dish, 9x13-inch pan, or even individual mason jars or cups. Add ⅓ of the sliced bananas, then spoon ⅓ of the pudding over the top of these.
  • Repeat the layers 2 more times, reserving a few Nilla wafers and bananas for decorating the top.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours until set up and the Nilla Wafers have softened. You don't want to go much longer than 8 hours or the bananas will start to turn brown.

Notes

  • Selecting underripe bananas at the store helps keep them from turning brown too quickly once your slice them. To keep sliced bananas from turning brown, you can also try brushing them with a little lemon juice or club soda.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 100mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g
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  1. I love this recipe so much! Get ready for a life hack… to take it to the next level, try swapping out nilla wafers for biscoff cookies! Your tastebuds will worship you!

  2. Was this supposed to be banana pudding or vanilla pudding? It says vanilla at one point, but then banana in another. Curious! 🙂

    1. Sorry! It's a vanilla pudding mix. The banana flavor comes from adding sliced bananas. You could use a banana pudding mix if you wanted too, but that's not how Magnolia does theirs.

    1. No, it shouldn't be runny. It won't be super thick like a custard, but it shouldn't be liquid. Sounds like maybe too much water was added?

  3. 5 stars
    I was nervous about making the whipped cream but it was shockingly easy and pretty intuitive when it was done. I made this for a crowd and received big compliments! VERY easy! Make the pudding the night before, I didn't realize I should do that and almost cut my timing a little too close.
    Loved this recipe!