Make This Easy Banana Pudding Recipe From The Famous Magnolia Bakery In New York City


Ili •  Jun 16, 2020

Besides its towering skyscrapers, famous art museums and iconic yellow cabs, New York City is also known as a treasure trove of yummy bakeries. And among the many amazing spots that you’ll find throughout the Big Apple, the one that cannot be missed is Magnolia Bakery. While they have various baked goods that would delight just about anyone, it's no secret that their tubs of banana pudding is the best-seller! Made up of layers of creamy vanilla pudding, fresh bananas and wafer-style cookies, this is truly every dessert lover's dream ? So if this treat is something you'd like to create by yourself at home, then this easy banana pudding recipe will do the trick.


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups bananas, barely ripe and sliced
  • 1 box Nilla wafers (see notes section for other substitutes)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sweet condensed milk and water. Beat until smooth for about 1 minute or so. 
  2. Add pudding mix and beat until well combined for about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours (or overnight) until completely set.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Then gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until there aren’t any streaks of pudding left.
  4. Start assembling the dessert in a large glass bowl (or as individual servings) by first arranging ⅓ of Nilla wafers to cover the bottom. Next, layer ⅓ of banana slices and ⅓ of the pudding mixture. Repeat this step twice more and once you reach the top layer, garnish with any additional wafers or wafer crumbs.
  5. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours. Don’t go any longer because the bananas will start to brown.
  6. Once ready to serve, place a scoop of pudding into a small bowl and enjoy!  


  1. There are several things you can substitute the Nilla wafers with if you aren’t able to get your hands on them. Small sugar, butter or shortbread cookies will suffice, though bear in mind that the overall dessert might taste slightly different. If you're up for it, you can also make homemade ones using this super easy recipe by Baking a Moment.
  2. Make sure to buy bananas that are slightly green (ones that are almost ripe and not bright green). Having firm banana slices in your pudding is better than sweet, slimy ones that will turn brown a lot quicker. 
  3. If you want to top your dessert with fresh bananas, make sure to do it just before serving.

With this easy banana pudding recipe, you’re now ready to impress your family and friends with a deliciously fantastic dessert that they won’t forget ?

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