The title of this recipe is so fitting! This is the best banana pudding I’ve ever had! Ever! This comes from Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons Just Desserts cookbook. Decadent! Delicious! Divine!

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies OR 2 bags Vanilla Wafers

6 to 8 bananas, sliced

2 cups whole milk

1 (5 oz.) box instant French Vanilla pudding

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping thawed,

or equal amount sweetened whipped cream


Line the bottom of a 13×9 inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

Bowl 1- Combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.

Bowl 2- Combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth.

Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.

Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.

Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies.

Refrigerate until ready to serve!

By astrit

20 thoughts on “Paula Deen’s “Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding”
  1. I’m learning how to bake and would like recipes of all kinds
    Thank you very much
    Melanie black

    1. Well this is Paula’s for sure but not true Southern Banana pudding.

      In a saucepan put:
      4 tbsp all purpose flour
      Pinch of salt
      Pinch of nutmeg
      1 1/2 cup of sugar

      Separate 3 room temp eggs
      Save whites for meringue.
      Mix egg yolks with 3 cups of whole milk (no subs)

      Pour wet mixture in saucepan with dry ingredients, whisk over medium heat until custard shows ripples. Remove from heat, add 1 tsp vanilla, set to side.

      In 2 at dish, line with vanilla wafers. Top with sliced bananas. Pour 1/2 custard mixture over bananas;
      Repeat. Top with layer of wafers.

      In chilled bowl beat egg whites with 1/8tsp of cream of tartar (hand mixer works best). Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar til soft peaks. Fold in 1/4 tsp vanilla. Spread over top wafer layer.

      Preheat oven to 325 degrees
      Bake 20-25 mins till meringue is golden brown.
      Cool & refrigerate.


    1. Can’t wait to try this recipe of banana pudding it’s jus a lil different than mine!!

  2. Right on time. Craving a banana pudding and was just about to dig out an old recipe. This one sounds “yummy”. Gonna try it!!

  3. Made it and it was very good, next time I’ll use the banana flavored pudding mix to give it a little more flavor.

  4. I think my husband will love this one best so instead of a Birthday cake he will get this so much he loves banana pudding. Thank you

  5. Looks delicious and I will try this recipe, thank you so much

  6. Added a little bit of vanilla flavor to pudding mix .. it gave more of a homemade flavor and brought the sweetness out more

  7. I love banana pudding, can’t wait to try out this one. Heading out to the store tomorrow. I will come back later and give you my feedback on it. This one look soooooooooooooooooooo delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe,
    Diane Boucher

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