Not your Nana’s Nana Puddin’


I realize that you probably have heard this before, BUT this is simply, hands down the BEST banana pudding you will EVER taste! Being from the South, trust me, I have tasted my fair share of banana puddings and I am able to say this with complete confidence. This is the one recipe that takes them all! I have to give credit to my good friend Julie for this recipe. Strangely enough Julie doesn’t even like bananas, so it’s even more incredible and a true testament to her cooking talents. I modified it only slightly because it was seriously that good! I will warn you this is insanely RICH! You’ll be tempted to scoop out a very large dish of this but I’m telling you it’s that RICH so go easy!

You’ll want to use nice firm bananas. You don’t want any soggy nanas clogging up your pudding. Also, I know you’re going to want to dive right into this, but it really is best to wait a few hours to give the wafers time to absorb that nana goodness! Use a good quality PURE vanilla extract. You can taste the difference.

Every time I have taken this dish to an event or served it at home, you get the same reaction. First their eyes get a little bigger, the smile starts to grow & then the lovely sounds of “mmmh, oh, oh, this is delicious” (& a myriad of other adjectives) inevitably followed by “I HAVE TO HAVE THIS RECIPE!”

So break out that Trifle bowl that you got as a wedding gift or engagement gift that you put WAY in the back of your cabinet somewhere & put it to good use. You’ll be happy you did!

Can’t wait to hear from you on this one!


Not your Nana’s Nana Puddin’


  • .8 ounces cream cheese - softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon PURE vanilla extract
  • 5.1 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 16 ounces whipped cream
  • 4-5 bananas - cut into small slices
  • 1 box of vanilla wafers
  • 1 bag of Heath chips


  1. In a mixer, beat cream cheese, until creamy. Add sugar and continuing mixing.
  2. Once mixed, add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, pudding and milk. Mix well.
  3. Add approximately 1/3 of the whipped cream and fold with spatula. Add banana slices and fold into mixture.
  4. In a trifle bowl arrange vanilla wafers on the bottom of the bowl. Layer banana pudding, vanilla wafers, additional pudding mixture then top with whipped cream and sprinkle with heath chips.
  5. Transfer to refrigerator to chill for approximately 1-2 hours so wafers can soften.




  1. 1

    Rich is good in my good. Since there’s banana. I’m all for it.

    • 1.1

      Thanks Jenn! It really is RICH but oh so delish! I hope you <3 it as much as I do!

  2. 2

    This looks so good! My grandmother was Southern, and she loved broiled bananas. Split one lengthwise, top it with butter and brown sugar and broil til the sugar bubbles.

    • 2.1

      Thanks Hilary! I’ve had bananas that way as well. Sinfully, I mean simply LOL delicious!

  3. 3

    What a great treat!

  4. 4

    Looks completely decadent and delicious!

    • 4.1

      Thanks Lori! It’s a great special occasion treat! Definitely, completely decadent & delicious!

  5. 5

    To all those seeing this recipe for the first time:
    Paula shared this with me a few months back when she started the blog and I’ve made it several times now.

    It is truly all she says AND MORE!!!! My husband, a dyed in the wool Southern boy raised on his momma’s nana puddin has sworn off hers and will only eat this recipe now.

    It truly is in a category of its own and in no way compares any other Banana Pudding you’ve ever tried!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SOOOO yummy!

  6. 6

    You have convinced me.. Im running to the store right now to make a big bowl of this pudding tomorrow evening..cant wait to dig friends will go crazy.Figtreeapps.. Thanks for sharing!

    • 6.1

      Thanks so much! Am So excited you’re going to give it a whirl! Let me know how it turns out for you & your friends!

  7. 7
    Kelly L. /

    Yummariffic! Thanks for this–it will be a PERFECT treat for father’s day. It will be hard to wait until then though!

    • 7.1

      Thanks Kel! I hope David LOVES it ! What a great treat for Father’s Day!

  8. 8

    OH MY GOD! I’m totally making this the next time I need to bring a dessert somewhere! Too bad my mom is allergic to bananas…

    • 8.1

      Thanks Mara! I’ll be anxcious to hear how they like it! Sorry that your Mom will have to miss out!

  9. 9

    I have been looking for a good banana pudding recipe FOREVER, and this one looks like a great version! I’m totally trying this when I get back to Kentucky this summer. Thanks for sharing it!

    • 9.1

      Thanks Mindy! Glad I could help! It’s the perfect summer time dessert!

  10. 10

    I LOVE banana pudding! This looks wonderful!

    • 10.1

      Thanks Alta! I love just about anything with banana’s in it & it’s truly one of my favorite summer time desserts!

  11. 11

    that is sooo awesomely gorgeous!! no wonder all the traffic!! 🙂

  12. 12

    That pudding looks SO good!!! I’m going to have to try to make that sometime. Mmm… I can already taste it!

    Thanks for requesting me as a friend over at foodbuzz. if you get a chance, check out my site

    I will add you to my blog list so I can follow your site… if you don’t mind. 🙂

    • 12.1

      Thanks Terecita! I hope you <3 it as much as we do! & a big thank for adding bell'alimento to your blog roll! I really appreciate it!

  13. 13

    This looks amazing! My mom is from Tennessee and makes bannana pudding on occasion- it is one of my absolute favorite treats! I am definitely going to have to give this recipe a try while I’m home this summer and see what my mom thinks… Thanks for sharing!

    • 13.1

      Hi Rachael! Thank you! Please let me know what you think after you’ve made it! I just love it, especially in the summertime. So creamy & delicious!

  14. 14


    How did you know I posted your recipe on the asparagus? I have you as one of my links under Recipes (side column) cos your blog is so cool! 🙂 hahaha…but to be honest, I haven’t looked at it in ages, and I mean ages…just been so occupied with other things that I even stopped blogging for a while except I have been posting other peoples’ stuff to fill gaps and things…

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful food and those awesome photos! So glad you didn’t get mad when you saw it…I always try to remember to reference stuff so people know where I pinched things from 🙂

  15. 15

    that looks amazing!!! plus the photo makes me want to grab myself a spoon and eat some of that pudding 🙂

    • 15.1

      Thanks Jessie! Hope you’ll give it a try! It’s pretty scrumptious!

  16. 16

    That is some serious banana bread pudding – it looks amazingly good.

  17. 17

    Sounds very rich and creamy! yum yum!

  18. 18

    This sounds really goood :DDDD

  19. 19

    Looks wonderfully rich and inviting and I adore bananas. Definitely bookmarking this one.

  20. 20

    Give me a bowl and pass the spoon, would you????

    • 20.1

      Hi Kim! I would if I had any left over 😉 Doesn’t last long in my house!

  21. 21

    When 3 of the first 4 ingredients are cream cheese, condensed milk and pudding, this is going to be a ‘2 hours on the elliptical for one serving’ kind of delicious treat! I’m up for the challenge . . . !

  22. 22

    This sounds utterly delicious. I am rarely tempted to make banana pudding, but I think you may have converted me!

  23. 23

    My goodness, look at that!
    Simply Yummistic…just can’t wait to try that.
    I will forward this link to all my online friends and colleagues as well.
    Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe!

    • 23.1

      Thank you so much for forwarding this to all of your friends! I really appreciate it!

  24. 24
    Laurie /

    This was amazing. Sad to say, I’ll never make may Grandmother’s recipe again after trying this one.

    • 24.1

      WOW Laurie! That’s one of the nicest compliments you could ever give 🙂 THANK YOU!

  25. 25

    I made this on Friday! Oh, my is it good! We still have it on hand, it definitely will be something I’ll make to take to a party!

    • 25.1

      Thanks so much Nancy! I can’t take this anywhere without promising to give the recipe 🙂

  26. 26
    Linda /

    This was served at my Nephew’s Wedding Rehersal Dinnier last Friday night in Las Vegas. His family is from No. & So. Carolina and decided to have a real “Southern Dinner” with BBQ Pork, Coleslaw and all the fixin’s, but the Nana Pudding topped it off! They taught us Westerner’s something new. Now everyone wants the recipe. I’m going to make it right away. Thank You!!

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