May 15, 2018

Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding

This iconic recipe using cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk isn't the Banana Pudding you grew up with but it's a classic for a reason - it's insanely delicious! If you're a lover of layered desserts, you have to try Paula's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding!

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OK, so this is a little weird. I'm sharing a popular recipe with you and I’m not changing a dang thing. Some folks would tweak one ingredient by a 16th of a teaspoon and pretend it was a brand-spanking-new recipe they just invented but, y’all... there’s no two ways about it… this recipe is absolutely perfect and shouldn’t be altered.

And, ol’ Paula deserves the credit for it. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I took something this good and tried to pass it off as my own. It’s happened to me plenty so I know what that feels like.

Side note about that… I cannot, for the life of me, understand why some food bloggers have such a hard time giving credit where it’s due? ANNNYwho...


Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding | This iconic recipe using cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk isn't the Banana Pudding you grew up with but it's a classic for a reason - it's insanely delicious! If you're a lover of layered desserts, you have to try Paula's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding! #bananapudding #layered #dessert #recipe #pauladeen


When I try an amazing recipe and share it with you, I am happy to lead you to the source of my inspiration! It doesn’t take anything away from me. It doesn’t make you think any less of my cooking ability. Right??

Most recipes aren’t truly original anyway. I have few dozen recipes that are 100% my own creation but most of my (and everyone else’s) recipes are old classics we all grew up eating, a spinoff of other great recipes or tried-and-true family recipes.

Ain’t nobody reinventing the wheel around here. Ya know? Let's just cook good food, EAT IT and share the recipes!


Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding | This iconic recipe using cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk isn't the Banana Pudding you grew up with but it's a classic for a reason - it's insanely delicious! If you're a lover of layered desserts, you have to try Paula's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding! #bananapudding #layered #dessert #recipe #pauladeen


Another reason I want to share this original recipe with you is because sometimes the originals are hard to find. Have you ever looked for a classic recipe online only to find 247 variations of it and no idea where to get the original??

Classic recipes are classic for a reason: they’re perfect just the way they are! You get to monkeying around with them too much and you risk ruining a good thing.

OK, so back to the recipe. Would y’all believe I’d never made this banana pudding?? I’ve heard people talk about it plenty and I’ve seen it places but I’ve never had it or made it. I put together a collection of Banana Pudding recipes a week or so ago and included this one since it’s so popular. I noticed more people were pinning and clicking on this recipe than any of the others so I thought I better make this dang thing and see what all the fuss is about!


Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding | This iconic recipe using cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk isn't the Banana Pudding you grew up with but it's a classic for a reason - it's insanely delicious! If you're a lover of layered desserts, you have to try Paula's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding! #bananapudding #layered #dessert #recipe #pauladeen


Welp. The fuss it legit. This banana pudding is perfection. And now I gotta be honest with y’all… I'd never made it or tried it because... well... I was being Miss Judgey McJudgeface about the sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese in the recipe.

I’d seen the recipe before and made that pffffft noise Nanny used to make when she didn’t like something.

Cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in banana pudding is blasphemy! Right? RIGHT?!

Wrong. So, so, so wrong. It’s heavenly. It’s amazing. It’s perfection.


Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding | This iconic recipe using cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk isn't the Banana Pudding you grew up with but it's a classic for a reason - it's insanely delicious! If you're a lover of layered desserts, you have to try Paula's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding! #bananapudding #layered #dessert #recipe #pauladeen


And the Chessman cookies? They’re amazing too. The thought of them never bothered me too bad because I’ve used other cookies in a pinch (and Aunt June sometimes makes her banana pudding with coconut cookies and that’s absolutely delicious too).

So, here’s Paula Deen’s Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding recipe! Don’t be like me and think you won’t like it – because I promise you will! Enjoy!

If you love layered icebox desserts like this, check out a few of these recipes too!


This recipe was shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday!

Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding


Yield: 12-16 Servings
Author:
prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M

ingredients:

  • 1 12-oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 5.1-oz box instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 6 to 8 sliced bananas, sliced
  • 2 7.25-oz bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies

instructions:

How to cook Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding

  1. Line the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish with cookies then add a layer of bananas over cookies (see note).
  2. Combine cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in a large mixing bowl then beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Combine milk and pudding mix in a separate bowl then whisk for one minute or until smooth. Stir pudding mixture into cream cheese mixture then mix until completely incorporated.
  4. Add whipped topping to the mixture then fold together until incorporated.
  5. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas then cover with remaining cookies. Cover and refrigerate before serving.

NOTES:

I think next time I will pour half of the pudding mixture over the first layer of cookies before adding the bananas (then cover bananas with remaining pudding mixture before adding the top layer of cookies). Layering the pudding on top of the cookies will help them get softer quicker. Sealing the bananas between two layers of pudding will create a “seal” around the bananas which will help them keep from browning.
I couldn’t find a large box of instant French vanilla pudding so I had to use regular vanilla. I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the pudding before mixing to help get that stronger “French vanilla” flavor.
I haven’t been able to find the 12-oz containers of cool whip in a coon's age so I just buy two of the 8-oz containers and use one and a half (I find this easier than guessing with the 16-oz container plus I use the 8-oz containers to pack my leftovers for lunch 😁).
You won’t use quite all of the cookies. Since some of them break in the package, put all the broken ones in the bottom of the dish and save the good ones for the top.
The dessert will need to rest at least 4 hours before serving to ensure the cookies have time to soften.
Recipe source: Paula Deen's Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding
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Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding | This iconic recipe using cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk isn't the Banana Pudding you grew up with but it's a classic for a reason - it's insanely delicious! If you're a lover of layered desserts, you have to try Paula's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding! #bananapudding #layered #dessert #recipe #pauladeen


49 comments:

  1. I am on my way to the grocery store because I must make this today! I appreciate you sharing this recipe, I'd never seen it before. I also appreciate your notes, they'll help out a lot at the grocery store. Thanks so much!

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  2. No thanks, makes my teeth hurt just looking at it. Sorry, give me a savory recipe and I'll jump right in. I'm sure it's delicious to people who like that sort of stuff.

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    1. Are you saying this looks too sweet or that you don't like desserts at all? It is definitely not overly sweet. The pudding part, well, tastes like pudding. The other is a whole block of cream cheese plus a container and a half of cool whip mixed with the sweetened condensed milk. Those three things together are not super sweet - the combo is about as sweet as cheesecake. The cookies are butter shortbread, which also, are not overly sweet. And bananas are well, bananas. As long as you don't find pudding, cheesecake, shortbread cookies or bananas toothache-inducing, this recipe shouldn't be an issue :)

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    2. Mandy you're 100%correct in your assessment! I am not a banana pudding type of girl but this recipe is wonderful! I've made it countless of times and while it has a sweetness expected of such a dessert, it is definitely not overly sweet.

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    3. Even if you leave the bananas out it is delicious. I have also used chocolate pudding. Yum!

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    4. I made this today witb homemade whip creamIused less sugar in my whip cream. It was DELIIOUS!

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    5. Did the whip cream hold up well?

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  3. I'm so glad you posted this...I confess I was surprised it wasn't on your other list, but I understand, because it's pretty different... I have made this several times and I pray it's completely gone at the potlucks because I will stand at my fridge and just say, "I'll just eat one more square." Luckily it's usually gone when I bring it. I've made it in individual see through cups for fancy parties and it's also a hit! By the way, I love all your recipes and this site!

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  4. OK taking your word for the perfection of this delicious looking banana pudding. I will be making it for the Memorial Day weekend. Right now, though, I cannot quit laughing about the "Miss Judgey McJudgeface". LMBO thanks for the yummy recipes....and the laugh.

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  5. I made this yesterday because I have a terminal illness which prevents absorption of many nutrients and I'm always fighting with my potassium. Then I had to have some for a midnight snack. Oh YUM!

    I thought of a couple of tweaks, but I would make this and take it to a fancy party just as it is. The tweak which came to mind first was using graham crackers in place of the cookies and drizzling chocolate syrup between the layers - banana cream s'mores!

    My neighbors are two elderly ladies and I shared generous servings with them. The one in her 90's fussed about the calories as she watches her figure. :) Both agreed that it was a bit of heaven on a fork. My home health aide swore at me for ruining her diet, so I gave her more. This one is a keeper!

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  6. To Shell above, prayers for you and your family. About the recipe, I was pretty surprised that Paula Deen didn't do the "real deal cooked custard from scratch that is almost a lost art" Banana Pudding. I have to admit, I'll pretty much try anything with cream cheese. Except if it has bananas. I HATE bananas. I only meant to peep at the recipe to see if it was lazy pudding (with a box of pudding mix) or the real deal. And it was neither! But now, for the really important part - since I developed an extreme hate of bananas, my mother would make extra custard, and have stacked on the side in another (smaller) dish, vanilla wafers and . . . PINEAPPLE TIDBITS!!!! It's an amazing substitute for those who don't like bananas! So now, I am going to try this recipe with PINEAPPLE!!!

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    1. nightphyre, I LOVE custard - pudding, pie, it doesn't matter. I've been making "the real deal" since high school (home ec blue ribbon!!!) I can certainly see subbing really ripe bananas in a custard with crushed pineapple.

      When I was first diagnosed with my illness, I was prescribed 2 nutrition (Ensure, etc.) shakes per day. The chocolate flavor isn't awful, but it gets old. So I pulled out the blender and mixed in fresh or frozen berries, sometimes some malt powder, sometimes ice cream. Chocolate Ensure blended with frozen cherries and French Vanilla ice cream makes a pretty decadent breakfast! This time of year I can blend in fresh peaches.

      What are recipes aside from general guidelines anyway? I will typically follow a recipe to the letter once, then tweak. Baking is chemistry. Cooking is art.

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  7. I whipped this up tonight, and I am taking it to the company cookout tomorrow. It looks so good!!

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  8. I had all The ingredients save the vanilla wafers So I found a recipe for vanilla wafers and made my own So delicious! I can’t wait to share it with my family and my church family.

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  9. I love to try this recipe. I live in the Netherlands though and we don’t have Cool Whipp here, but I might swap this for whipped cream which would make this dessert definitely richer, or leave it out all together. The cookies I’ll swap for ladyfingers or some tea biscuit. I think this would really work. I’ll let you know how it went down.

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  10. I made this using all low fat or fat free ingredients (reduced fat vanilla wafers instead of chessmen). In this mixture you do not really notice the fat free cream cheese, skim milk, fat free cream cheese. It was really good. Many of us preferred it to the original

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  11. I have all the ingredients needed, except for the French Vanilla pudding... I have banana pudding instead, which I’m sure will work just fine, but be slightly more banana-y than the PD version... oh boo!

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    1. I'm making and have made mine with banana pudding.
      Delish!!!

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  12. I have made this many times over the years. You can substitute any or all of the full-fat ingredients for lower fat or fat-free versions and it's still incredible.

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  13. I have made this recipe as is dozens of times throughout the years. It is always a crowd pleaser!
    Someone will always ask you for the recipe every time. I have made that pudding part the day before when I’m pressed for time and the rest Of the ingredients the next day. Enjoy.

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    1. Hi Twila, That is my name too ,but I am Twila Morelock Good form South Central PA Where did your mom come up with your name? I am named after Twila Trone the lady in the women's department at the now closed Bon Ton department store in Hanover PA. One thing for sure, I could never be forgotten with a name like ours. Maybe it was not the name but the fact that I was onrey and still am! LOL By the way I love to cook and always looking for new recipes. I usually end up substituting something in most everything I make. I am going to give this a try. I like this type of dessert. Also a big fan of a good cake or pie. My mom made the best homemade bread and cinnamon rolls with peanut butter icing. Sadly she took the recipe to heaven. Happy cooking which we will be doing a lot in the net 4 weeks.

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  14. I made this for a party and it was an instant hit.People that don’t like bananas request this dessert. Everyone loves it.

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  15. I did not make it, yet...but I had it at a party and I instantly looked up the recipe. This dessert is amazing!!!! I thought I made a pretty darn good banana pudding until I tried this! Shut up!!!!

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  16. This is so funny everyone keeps calling this Paula Deans recipe. I was eating this pudding long before Paula Dean started cooking. Back in the early 1980's. I don't even know if had a name back then, but I do it was being passed around in our churches.

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  17. I make a darn good from scratch banana pudding using a Graham cracker crust on the bottom, but I will try this one.

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  18. When I make this I use banana cream pudding & I layer the bananas b/w layers of pudding & top with extra cool whip before putting the cookies on to.

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  19. Yes, the condensed milk really helps bring out the flavor of the banana pudding. I love using Eagle Brand (Borden) sweetened condensed milk.

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  20. I am not a pudding fan...something about the texture..however, I love this, the texture is thicker than pudding to me, and I am not a banana fan but I love this recipe. I have made 2 times and both times the pan was clean

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  21. Can you use heavy whipping cream instead of cool whip?

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    1. I think so though I don't know how stable the cream would be (how long it would hold up). If you try it, let us know!

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  22. This recipe is always a must for CHRISTmas get togethers, or anytime!!! I don't put the bananas in the pudding, because I have some guest that don't like bananas in their pudding. But also because the bananas are fresh and you don't have to worry about them turning brown in the fridge!! And you can add the desired amount of bananas to your serving of pudding!

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  23. I love this recipe and have been making it for a long time, it is my oldest granddaughters favorite thing for me to make on her b-day, she is 13, also buy her gelato as well, thanks for posting this recipe. I lost my copy a long time ago,but my granny had a copy of it and she passed away about5 years ago. So whenever I need to make sure I have the stuff to make it, I can just pull this up, Again Thank You Cris B.

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  24. When you combine all the wet ingredients (after folding in the cool whip), is it supposed to be a bit runny? I figured since it’s pudding it should be a thicker, pudding-y consistency but mine was a bit runny. I’m hoping it’ll set while it’s in the fridge. I’m just worried it’ll remain runny and won’t turn out to be pudding. I mixed the pudding mix with 2 cups milk as the recipe stated (didn’t prepare it like the pudding package said to).

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    1. It will set up. It's almost pourable when it's first mixed up then it thickens as it sets.

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  25. This is the best banana pudding there is!

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  26. I make this all the time and it’s a hit! Can’t go to any function without bringing a pan. Quick and easy to whip up. I use white chocolate pudding instead of vanilla. Delish!

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  27. This is my favorite banana puddin. A friend made it a few years ago and now this is the only banana puddin recipe I use. I will be making this AGAIN , for our Family Night at work this week. Imagine making this for a hundred people, yep, cause this keeps on being requested. It will be yum..yum on this Thursday night. I don't change a thing with this recipe.

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  28. If you're trying to give credit to the right person, what about Paula's friend Rachel who gave her the recipe?? And who knows where Rachel got it??

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    1. It's nearly impossible to trace back recipes to the original source but I always try. There's nothing worse than seeing your recipe on another blog or website with zero mention that the recipe came from something you created.

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  29. I made this pudding for Christmas parties at work for years. My co-workers would be ready with their bowles and spoons before I could unwrap it! This recipe is the best!

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  30. Very delicious but you can also use some lime or lemon juice...sprinkle some over bananas when yoou place in pudding it help to keep bananas from turning brown.

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  31. The best puddin ever!

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  32. I made this for my grandson's first birthday party! It was an instant hit and baby approved. I cant stand cool whip, so I made real whipped cream with a splash of vanilla. I didn't add any sugar to it and once mixed with the pudding mixture, you'd never know it was unsweetened. So creamy and delicious- and light all at the same time. The chessman cookies are a wonderful upgrade from vanilla wafers! Thank you for putting this recipe on Pinterest!

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  33. I made this at the request of by besties hubby for Father's Day because he loved it months ago when I made it. I was unable to make it to their cookout, but sent it with my daughter (so I'm surprised it made it there at all!). Anyway, he called late evening to thank me for making and sending it ... This is always a great hot weather treat and I agree that you do not need to change a thing!!!! YUMMY

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Hi there! While I'm not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven't been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments. And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y'all! - Mandy