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Simply Irresistible Banana Pudding

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This banana pudding is irresistible because there is no baking, and in less than 25 minutes, you will have a homemade dessert that will be one for the record books.

There is something about bananas and vanilla wafers that go together like peanut butter and jelly. My mom was the queen of desserts, and this is one dessert that makes me feel nostalgic every time I taste this.

This recipe will use cream cheese and lemon juice, and it is the best thing since sliced bread. The creaminess and slight twang from the lemon, accent the rich fruity flavor of the ripe bananas, givingthe vanilla wafers an extra sweetness your palate will thank you for.

For the best outcome use an electric mixer, it helps to get out any lumps from the cream cheese, and adding the vanilla pudding will have it blended into creamy goodness.

See how the pudding is smooth and slightly thick. That’s thanks to the cream cheese. Blend on medium-low, and don’t forget to use a spatula to scrape the sides.

A secret that has worked wonders, before starting the recipe, go ahead and cut up your bananas and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the slices. It will keep the bananas from turning brown quickly and add to the flavor of the banana pudding.

Start your layers with cookies and then bananas. Once the bananas are added, it will be easier for the vanilla wafers to stay placed on the side. Notice how the bananas still look freshly cut; that’s the lemon juice, it helps the bananas from turning brown.

When you pour the pudding mixture on top make sure you pour enough to get into the nooks and crannies and repeat with vanilla wafers and bananas, and pudding.  When you are finished with your layers, make sure to crumble up some of your leftover vanilla wafers for a pretty garnishment on top. It doesn’t matter how big or small the crumbles are.

You can also add whip cream if you would like or eat it like this.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Simply Irresistible Banana Pudding

A southern favorite with freshly sliced bananas, pudding, and a few secret ingredients of my own.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 10


  • 1 9x13 cake pan


  • 2 box vanilla wafers
  • 7 bananas
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
  • 1 package vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Using your electric mixer, mix the package of cream cheese and lemon juice on med-low. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, mixing until smooth and creamy.
  • Follow the vanilla pudding instructions and add to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Slice the bananas and drizzle with a bit of lemon juice. It stops the bananas from turning brown, set aside.
  • Layer your dish with vanilla wafers and then bananas. Take some of your cream cheese mixture and spread it evenly on top. Repeat steps until all your bananas, vanilla wafers, and pudding mixture have been used. You may have vanilla wafers still left and that is ok. You can use some for later.
  • Take some of your leftover vanilla wafers and crumble them up for a nice garnish you can sprinkle across your banana pudding.


You can make this overnight for the flavors to set, or at least make and let chill for a few hours before serving.
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