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No bake banana pudding parfaits are creamy, delicious, and sweet, with layers of homemade vanilla pudding, freshly sliced bananas, and wafer cookies. |

Banana Pudding

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


No bake banana pudding parfaits are creamy, delicious, and sweet, with layers of homemade vanilla pudding, freshly sliced bananas, and wafer cookies.


For the vanilla pudding:

Use 2 cups vanilla pudding or make homemade pudding with the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ice cubes (for water bath)

For assembling the banana pudding parfaits:

  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 2.5 ounces vanilla wafers (or shortbread cookies), loosely broken into ¼-inch pieces
  • whipped cream (optional, for topping)


Make the vanilla pudding:

If you are using store-bought pudding then you don't need to prepare the pudding and you can make these banana pudding parfaits in minutes. If you are making vanilla pudding using a box mix, follow the instructions on the box.

To make homemade vanilla pudding:

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks until well blended. Whisk in the milk and heat over medium heat, stirring often, about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and continue cooking until thickened, whisking often, about 1-2 minutes more. Note that pudding will be pourable but will continue to thicken more as it cools.
  3. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  4. If you notice any lumps, pass the pudding through a fine-mesh sieve over a large heatproof bowl to remove any lumps. Skip this if you don’t notice any lumps.
  5. Prepare a large bowl with some water and ice to make an ice bath. Place the saucepan directly into the ice bath, stirring occasionally, until the pudding reaches room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until the pudding has chilled through completely, at least 4 hours (up to 2 days).

Assemble the banana pudding:

  1. Add a large dollop of pudding into the bottom of each parfait cup.
  2. Top with a layer of wafer cookie pieces and a layer of sliced bananas.
  3. Repeat these layers until you reach close to the top, ending with a final layer of pudding.
  4. Finish each pudding with whipped cream and some crushed or crumbled wafer cookies.


How to store: Store banana pudding in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap, or inside an airtight container. You can even assemble them directly in a Tupperware container. Although the pudding will keep for up to one week, the bananas shorten their life span to just 3-4 days. Keep in mind that the cookies will soften over time as well.

Make ahead tips: You can make the vanilla pudding ahead of time. Homemade vanilla pudding will keep for up to one week in an airtight container in the fridge. Then, just assemble the banana pudding parfaits when you are ready to serve.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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