Delicious Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe is going to be your new favorite dessert! Layers of creamy vanilla pudding, nilla wafers, and bananas combine to make a rich decadent delicious dessert perfect for family dinners or holidays!
Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe
A few months ago, I won a giveaway on Instagram for a Magnolia Bakery gift card and cookbook. As soon as I won, I knew exactly what I was ordering...Magnolia Bakery's famous Banana Pudding!
We haven't been able to travel to New York City this past year to get our Magnolia Bakery fix so it was perfect that we were able to get it shipped to the house.
I surprised John with the banana pudding and to say he was excited is a big understatement. As soon as the pudding was gone I knew I needed to try to figure out how to make a copycat Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding at home.
You can imagine my delight when I realized the recipe is part of the Magnolia Bakery cookbook - The Magnolia Bakery Handbook: A Complete Guide for the Home Baker" by Bobbie Lloyd is amazing.
I am also going to admit that I also had to order their famous cupcakes.
When our Goldbelly order of Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding came in they had a card with random fun banana facts. I figured they would be fun to share.
The scientific name for a banana is "must sapientum" which means fruit of the wise men.
Americans eat an average of 27 pounds of bananas per person per year.
Bananas are the only fruit that contains the amino acid tryptophan plus vitamin B6 which helps produce serotonin.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Cold Water
- Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
- Whipping Cream
- Fresh Bananas
- Nabisco Nilla Wafers Cookies
Garnish - Nilla wafer cookie crumbles
Medium Bowl - We are big fans of this glass batter bowl that has a handle. It makes it easy to mix ingredients and keeps the mixing bowl steady on the counter.
Hand Mixer - This will make it a lot easier to combine ingredients and make sure the pudding is smooth. You can also use a stand mixer.
Trifle Bowl - We love how this dessert looks when served in a trifle bowl. You can also make this in a 9x13 pan, a wide glass bowl, or another dish.
How to make Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding
Step 1 - The first step for making this banana pudding is beating together the ice-cold water and sweetened condensed milk together.
You want to combine it until well combined at least a minute on medium speed.
Mix in the vanilla pudding and beat well until there are no lumps.
Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 3-4 hours or overnight. You want to make sure you plan time for this mixture to sit so it can start to thicken.
If you try to use this mixture to quickly it will be really watery and not thick enough to form the banana pudding.
Step 2 - A few hours later or preferably the next day you will want to whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
Once stiff peaks form you will gently fold in the vanilla pudding mixture. Adding the mixture to the whipped cream until no streaks of pudding remain.
Step 3 - You can use a trifle bowl, baking dish, large bowl, or individual serving cups to serve this Magnolia Bakery banana pudding.
Line the bottom of the dish with Nilla vanilla wafers evenly spread out.
Step 4 - evenly spread slices of bananas over the top of the nilla wafers.
Top with ⅓ of the whipped cream banana pudding mixture.
Step 5 - Continue layering the nilla wafers, bananas, and ⅓ of the pudding mix until your reach the top of the dish.
Step 6 - Once you reach the top of the dish make sure the final layer of pudding mixture is at the top. You want to make sure that it is fully covered so the bananas do not turn brown.
Cover and chill in the refrigerate for 4+ hours up to 8 hours.
Step 7 - Garnish top with crumbled nilla wafers when ready to serve.
We suggest buying barely ripe bananas so they are less likely to turn brown quickly.
You can brush the bananas with lemon juice to help prevent them from turning brown. We slice them as we are placing them in the trifle dish.
You can spread the pudding over the bottom before placing the 1st layer of nilla wafers if you want too.
Printable recipe card instructions are below.
Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
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Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe
- 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 ½ cups Water cold
- 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
- 3 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
- 4 cups Bananas
- 12 oz Nilla Wafers
- Combine sweetened condensed milk and cold water until combined with a hand mixer. This will take at least a minute or 2
- Add in vanilla pudding mix. Beat with a hand mixer until well combined
- Cover and refrigerate for 4-10 hours. Make sure you give this mixture time to set completely
- Whip heavy cream into stiff peaks. Gently fold pudding mixture into whipping cream until no streaks remain
- Use a trifle bowl or baking dish to assemble the dessert
- Arrange ⅓ of nilla wafers along the bottom of the bowl. Top with ⅓ of sliced bananas, top with ⅓ of pudding mixture
- Repeat steps until you finish with pudding mixture on the top.
- Cover and refrigerate for 4-8 hours
- Top with crumbled nilla wafers and enjoy