The best banana pudding ever

Banana pudding has become one of my ultimate favorite desserts. It is so easy, luxurious and super tasty that it is hard to resist.

Banana pudding

Banana pudding anyone? I think this is the best banana pudding I have ever had.

This recipe is inspired from a trip I took this summer to Magnolia bakery in New York City. While that banana pudding was pretty good I wanted to find a way to make it without the Jello pudding that is called for that recipe.

I also wanted to find a way to decrease the sweetness of it so I was fine without using the condense milk too. My banana pudding version turned out great.

I used Trader Joe’s brand of vanilla wafers which contain no high fructose corn syrup or trans fats, which are ingredients found in the normal brands used in this recipe.

I was really surprised at how easy and super tasty this desserts was. I think I didn’t make enough because it literally lasted not longer than 24 hours in my fridge. My brother who usually never eats desert did eat this banana pudding so that says a lot, or so I think :-)

I am beyond excited and thrilled to share this recipe with you all. I am not much of a pudding person but this by far I think is the best pudding I have ever made or ate.

One thing I must warn you is that this desert is by no mean light. Once in a while I will post something, well just, sinful. This banana pudding qualifies for it. This is not something I will eat every day but one in a blue moon I will allow us to have something of this nature, so go ahead and indulge. I know you are going to love it :-)



These are the ingredients I used. I think the tapioca pudding was just fabulous. No condense milk or Jello in this recipe. It was just superb!!


Once you get everything in the bowl just mix it in with a spatula until combined. Just like in the pictures.

Banana pudding

I really hope you get to try my version of this banana pudding. It is the bomb. I am actually about to make another batch because my husband and my brother pretty much had the most of it. I just love this simple and luscious dessert :-)

Banana pudding


The best banana pudding ever!

Miryam original recipe

Yield: 8-9 servings

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cups heavy cream, or 1 cup HCream + 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 22 oz container tapioca pudding, buy it at your grocery store
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, I don't use any
  • 8-9 oz vanilla wafers, I used Trader Joe's brand w/ no High fructose corn syrup or trans fats


In a large bowl with a hand held mixer, whipped the heavy cream together with the maple syrup. About 2-3 minutes until soft peaks form.

On another large bowl add the tapioca pudding, 1/3 of the whipped heavy cream, half of the vanilla wafers broken into pieces and 2 of the sliced bananas. Combine with a spatula until mixed.

On any parfait glasses of your choice, place one vanilla wafer followed by the pudding mixture, 2 or 3 slices of banana and some  heavy cream. Repeat layers if your glass are tall enough and finish with heavy cream sprinkled with broken wafers over the top.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours so that the wafers soften.

Alternatively you can use a large ceramic or glass trifle dish and make a big version of it.

Recipe inspired from the Magnolia Bakery Recipe

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Nutrition facts calculated based on the recipe giving 8 servings.


  1. We love bananas, esp. my husband! This is a great dessert for him. Any substitute for tapioca pudding? Not sure what it is…a pudding made with tapioca flour?

    • It is made with tapioca pearls, no flour here :-). It is on the yogurt isle. I got mine at shop rite but I know whole foods and Trader Joe’s also carry some good brands without weird ingredients!!

  2. i love magnolia’s banana bread pudding.. i wanna make the original someday, but something i need to share with people else I’ll eat the entire thing along. your version looks so good.. love vanilla wafers.

  3. How do you make tapioca pudding? I can not buy that here in Japan….. But I may be able to get uncooked tapioca pearls at the big expensive supermarkets for non-Japanese in Tokyo. But I have never made any……

  4. What a great original recipe! I love anything banana!

  5. I LOVE banana pudding, such a Southern classic, and yours looks truly delicious, Miryam. What a great recipe – and easy, too!

  6. Your banana pudding looks so delicious. The reason I asked about the tapioca pudding is in the photos I couldn’t really see any of the tapioca pearls so I thought something special had been done. Thanks for finding a link for me.

    Your photos are fabulous and look so yummy!!

  7. I feel like I always avoid banana puddings because so many call for weird jello packets and I just can’t stand artificial banana flavor. LOVE that you’ve made this from scratch!!

  8. Whoa. You’ve posted a TON of new recipes! I am sooo behind. I’ll catch up tomorrow but had to say that this pudding looks great! That pudding was really insanely yummy. :)

  9. This looks yummo!…..I don’t use milk so I will try to substitute the heavy cream with coconut cream (the thick part of the milk from the can)……it whips up pretty well…..and will make my own tapioca from scratch ;)…….fingers crossed xx :)

  10. How long do you mix the cream and maple syrup??

  11. I assume you have to cook the tapioca pearls first???

  12. This really does look like the best pudding ever – I’m not gonna lie! LOL

  13. I LOVE the Magnolia Banana pudding so I can’t even imagine how great this tastes :)

  14. I love this recipe, tapioca, and bananas, yes, pinned to my healthy eating board. Love your site, myself and some other bloggers host a Real Food Fridays link up starting on Thursday night at 7 central. Our goal is to spread the word about real food, would love for you to join us. Also love your post on real food, hope to see you there, following on g+, and Pintrest.

  15. You stated you don’t use Maple Syrup? Is that correct?

  16. You stated in your recipe that you do not use Maple Syrup?

  17. I love this dessert! Haven’t made it in a while, definitely thinking about making it again this week. I use 2 cups of heavy cream. My mum makes tapioca pudding from scratch, then I take whatever I need for the recipe. My whole family loves it, which is really rare!

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