Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

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This sweet, rich, and creamy banana pudding recipe goes light on added sugars and big on fresh banana flavor! Whip up this kid-friendly fruit dessert in under 15 minutes, then chill it for an after-dinner treat.

For chocolate lovers, try our Thick and Creamy Chocolate Mousse.

freshly made banana pudding with ripe bananas in the background

Pudding is an underappreciated dessert. And that’s probably because when we think of pudding, a lot of us think of the instant kind that comes in a box or a plastic cup: gelatinous, overly sweet, with a lingering taste of “fake food.”

Kids might eat instant pudding and store-bought pudding cups, but there are so many reasons to share good, homemade pudding with them! Here’s one you won’t want to miss.

This pudding is rich, creamy, super-fresh, and topped with real fresh bananas and whipped cream. And it takes just minutes to make! Try it yourself, and share the god stuff with your kids.

close up of banana pudding in glass serving dish with fresh banana slices and whipped cream

5 Reasons to Love This Banana Pudding Recipe

  1. With just 1/4 cup of added sugars in the full recipe, this dessert has less sugar than most desserts.
  2. The pudding is absolutely delicious: sweet, creamy, and so fresh you’ll wonder why you ever bought instant pudding.
  3. This pudding lets you add an extra serving of fruit to your kids’ day.
  4. It has no artificial ingredients or flavorings.
  5. It’s quick and easy to make on your stove-top in less than 10 minutes!
two cups of banana pudding with fresh whipped cream

Tips for Making Great Banana Pudding

If you’ve never made homemade pudding before, you might not realize how insanely easy it is to make. If you have 10 minutes, you can have this pudding chilling in your fridge. It’s that fast!

The basic process goes like this: whisk the ingredients together in a saucepan, simmer until the mixture thickens, then put the pudding in serving dishes and pop it in the fridge.

Here are a couple of details that help you have the best experience making this banana pudding recipe:

  • Add all your ingredients to a saucepan at the same time and whisk them together BEFORE heating. This keeps your pudding super smooth-and lump-free.
  • Once the pudding starts to simmer, stay at the stove and whisk it more or less continually. You really only need to whisk like this for 3-4 minutes.
  • Watch out for splatters! When the pudding is just about done, the bubbles can start to pop out of the saucepan. If your kids are helping, help them steer clear.
  • Chill the pudding for a couple hours and add bananas until just before serving. (If you portion the pudding into individual cups, it’ll chill faster. If it’s in on big serving bowl, it might take a little longer.)
  • Have fun with presentation! You can layer the bananas and pudding like a parfait, top it with whipped cream, or even a drizzle of melted chocolate.

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Sweet, rich, and creamy pudding goes light on added sugars and big on fresh banana flavor!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pot of Golden Banana Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large bananas for slicing


  • In a medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, milk, vanilla, and egg yolks.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently. Cook until bubbly and mixture begins to thicken, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Transfer the pudding into a serving bowl or individual cups. Chill to desired temperature, then place sliced bananas on top and serve immediately.
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I’ve got these chilling in the fridge right now. Tasted delicious warm so I’m hopeful my 2.5 yr old eats it. Would this work with any other puréed fruit instead of banana?

I don’t know if it will- but if you try it Susan, let us know. I meant to try it, as I have some soy milk in the fridge right now, but I haven’t got to it yet.

Bananas are so thick and creamy, but I’d definitely love to try it with other fruit. I just ate a bowlful of strawberries that would have been fun to try- I’ll keep you posted next time I have some berries!

this is a fantastic website. the first thing that i spotted was the banana pudding with NO ADDED SUGAR! amazing content and super healthy. i totally love the recipe. i must go try it right now and the pictures look great too!

I tried making it with vanilla flavored soy milk. It worked fine and tasted fine. Yes there’s added sugar in vanilla soy milk so could probably be made with plain soy milk. I sprinkled cinnamon on top.

I made it with soy milk, as well, and the taste was delicious but it was brownish by morning. I guess I am used to the package version but is there something I may have done wrong? The kids deemed it to go on the “favorites” list.

anyone try it with almond milk? I bought some for a different recipe and have lots left over (we usually drink cows milk)

I’ve been making plain vanilla pudding for years with egg yokes. I’m totally amazed that this could work without the eggs… Very curious to try it! 🙂

In the past I have put fruits in the pudding after made just before it goes in the fridge. Always yummy!

Thanks for sharing!!

I haven’t Nikki- but I saw a similar recipe on a vegan site where they used coconut milk, and it looks like it turned out fine!

I tried making this, but it never thickened up on the stove. I ended up chilling it and drinking it as banana-flavored milk. It was pretty good, but I was hoping for pudding! Any idea what I did wrong?

I tried making this, but it never thickened up on the stove. I ended up chilling it and drinking it as banana-flavored milk. It was pretty good, but I was hoping for pudding! Any idea what I did wrong?

Finally, a banana pudding that actually cooks the banana into the pudding! Everything else I found just pours vanilla pudding over sliced bananas, and since I’m allergic to raw banana, that’s a no-go. Can’t wait to try this!