Magnolia’s Banana Pudding Recipe

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I wasn’t joking when I said Magnolia’s Banana Pudding changed my life. Okay, maybe I was a bit dramatic. But really. It’s so good. I don’t even really like pudding. Especially banana pudding. But man. This is so good. And after making my own, I know why.

It is VERY fattening. But sometimes you have to make fattening desserts because cookies made with applesauce just get old.

So, here’s a copycat recipe I found online. I thought it tasted just as good as the real stuff. And it costs MUCH cheaper to make your own, considering a small at Magnolia’s is about five bucks.

Hope you enjoy it as much as me!


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1½ cups ice cold water
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (Jell-O brand)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (12-ounce) box Nabisco Nilla Wafers
  • 4 cups sliced ripe bananas


  1. With an electric mixer, combine the can of sweetened condensed milk and the water in a medium sized bowl and mix together very well.
  2. Add the pudding mix to the bowl and continue mixing until well combined.
  3. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours until it is well set.
  4. Once the pudding is set, whip the 3 cups of heavy cream in a new bowl with an electric until stiff peaks appear.
  5. Next, take your bowl pudding and slowly add it to the heavy cream. Then mix everything together very well. It will taste delicious but it’s not ready yet are not ready yet… it’s still vanilla pudding!
  6. Chop up the bananas into thin slices.
  7. Get a large glass bowl (I had to use a ceramic bowl which is fine, you just don’t see the layers) and start layering. First put a layer of Nilla wafers, then bananas, and then pudding. Repeat until pudding is gone.
  8. Garnish the top with vanilla wafers and then stick it in the fridge for about 4-5 hours, or overnight. This part is the hardest because you will want to eat it immediately. But it’s best to wait so the bananas flavor the pudding and the wafers get nice and cake-like.

That’s it! It’s so easy and tastes like a dream! Enjoy!

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