My Mom has been making banana pudding for me since I was super little. It’s always been the same, delicious banana pudding recipe, filled with whipped goodness and layers of fresh banana slices. Other banana puddings I’ve been treated to haven’t stacked up to this one; in fact, my husband used to think he didn’t even LIKE banana pudding, until he graciously tasted a small bowl of my Mom’s. I think we had been married about 3 years when he first tried it.
Did he like it? Well, let’s just say that she made a batch last week when she and Dad visited, and he’s eaten 60% of it by himself. Seriously. I got a few bowls in before I realized what he was up to and polished it off. (Between that and the Yo-Ho he discovered, I now know what to make for his birthday!) Even Scarlett digs Nonna’s banana pudding recipe. She sees us eating it and cranes over for her spoonfuls. More bananas, please!
The recipe is simpler than I ever knew, with only a handful of pre-made ingredients to make the whole thing go a little faster, and plenty of ripe bananas sliced up. Pro tip? Use a trifle bowl to display the goodness and your family will come running. Save the broken or chipped vanilla wafers for the interior of the pudding and it will look perfect!
Make sure when you’re shopping for ingredients to grab the INSTANT vanilla pudding. One time I grabbed the cook and serve and it was NOT easy to make. You can do use it, but you’ll waste a few hours waiting for the pudding to set and cool. Do yourself a favor and pay attention on the Jello aisle. Grab the INSTANT pudding!