The LAST Banana Pudding You’ll EVER make!

Mom and I have been making this recipe for almost 3 decades.

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One time when I was making this pudding, I had come home from SMU for Easter. I opened the pudding box and dumped brown package out onto the counter. When the package fell out, so did a little piece of paper. I picked it up and read it…it said I was the FIRST PLACE winner in a secret Jell-O sweepstakes! My heart burst out of my chest and I started yipping, which scared mom.

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She didn’t know what to think — I read the slip of paper to her and she joined in the yips. Dad was in the living room reclining in his chair listening to all of the commotion. I imagine he didn’t know whether he needed to call 911 or come into the kitchen and trap a mouse.

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I was so busy yipping, I had forgotten to read what the first place prize was…so I started reading the fine print. The GRAND prize was listed first: $100,000 !!!!! My eyes blurred and I felt dizzy. If that’s the grand — first prize must be $50K, or $10K??? I utilized my speed reading training and flew through the fine print – landing on the first prize: $100. No, it wasn’t in the thousands but for a poor college student it was $100 more than I had before I started making the pudding…and I was thrilled! Every time I open a box of Jell-O pudding or gelatin, I remember that day…and give the box an extra shake and double glance…

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Another time we made the banana pudding for a church potluck. When the potluck was over, mom went to collect her dishes but couldn’t find the pudding bowl. She walked into the church kitchen and found a man holding her bowl, scraping out every last bit of pudding with a spoon and licking it.

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Have you ever had someone sneak off with the pudding you brought to the church potluck?? If not you are apparently using the wrong banana pudding recipe.

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This banana pudding is on the top ten list of most liked family recipes. As I have been hinting – there are 2 special ingredients that make this recipe better than the best banana pudding you have ever tasted. But before I reveal those important items, let’s look at what’s not in this pudding: 

1 – no overly ripe bananas

2 – no under ripe bananas

3 – NO instant banana-flavored pudding So what are the special ingredients??

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((SOUR CREAM & SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK))

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The added tang & creaminess from the sour cream and the richness from the sweetened condensed milk transform good banana pudding into GREAT banana pudding. What else could you expect from a pudding named “Mom’s Best”??

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Mom's Best Banana Pudding
Serves 12
Two special ingredients make this banana pudding the best you'll ever taste. Absolute pudding perfection!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
4 hr
Pudding
  1. 1 large container of Cool Whip, thawed ((NOT lite or fat free))
  2. 1 5.1 oz box of Jell-O instant vanilla pudding (the large size box)
  3. 1 1/2 c sour cream (I use light sour cream)
  4. 1 1/2 c milk (I usually use skim -- *not the full amount called for on package instructions)
  5. 1 14 oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (low fat is perfectly fine)
  6. 1 11 oz box Nilla wafers
  7. 4-5 perfectly ripe bananas (no black or green allowed...sorry)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine pudding ingredients -( reserving about 1 c of Cool Whip to use as a topping). Whisk until it's completely incorporated.
  2. Arrange a single layer of Nilla wafers on the bottom of a large trifle bowl. Next add a layer of pudding, and top with a layer of sliced bananas. Repeat this process 2-3 times (until you have reached the top of the bowl.
  3. Top the pudding with reserved Cool Whip and a sprinkling of Nilla wafer crumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or over night.
  4. Serves 12-14
Notes
  1. *Another fun way to serve this recipe is in individual canning jars. Close it up with a lid and ring and it is ready for transport!
Food for a Year: https://foodforayear.com/
This recipe is perfect for Easter, but be prepared– people will be wanting your recipe!

2 Comments

  1. sammi hardister says:

    You are absolutely right, its heavenly, I will never make another banana pudding from a different recipe again. Thanks!

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