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Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding

Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding ~ the iconic NYC bakery's famous banana pudding is creamy, dreamy, fluffy and so easy to make at home with simple ingredients!

Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding, single serving in blue dessert bowl

I have three daughters, two of which attended college in New York City.  I'm pretty sure the first thing they both discovered was Magnolia Bakery.  At the time, the draw was their cupcakes.  But on one visit, while waiting in line, they were handing out free samples of banana pudding.  My middle daughter was hooked ever since.

I remember those banana pudding samples, and I remember thinking it was really good.  I also thought it must be some highly complicated, highly guarded secret recipe.  It's neither complicated nor top secret and the recipe can easily be found on the web or in The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook.  And wait until you see the ingredients, they are practically staple pantry items.

Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding, in blue dessert dish with trifle dish in background

What's in Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding?

Are you ready?  Vanilla pudding (from a box!), sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, Nilla wafers and bananas.  Surprised?  I was but I was relieved to see I could make this at home so easily and it would taste like I got it from the bakery itself.  And my daughters were pretty happy with this discovery.  Just make the pudding mixture and then layer it with the Nilla wafers and bananas and chill.  Voilà!

Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding, side by side photo of layering ingredients in dish

I made the pudding in a trifle dish for you guys, but any container works, including the 9" by 13" glass dish I usually use.  My girls make this all the time and have even used Tupperware to assemble and serve it in!  At least it's portable that way, and they usually make the banana pudding and take somewhere.

Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding, single servings in blue dessert dishes

If you've never been to NYC and Magnolia Bakery, just trust me on this.  You need to make their famous banana pudding, you will love it! ~ Kelly🍴🐦

Another creamy, luscious dessert you might also like is my no-bake Eclair Cake, also one of my family's favorites.

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Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding, single serving in blue dessert bowl

Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding

Magnolia Bakery's famous banana pudding recipe, layers of creamy pudding, Nilla wafers and bananas. So easy to make at home.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 423kcal


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • cups cold water
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (11-ounce) box Nilla Wafers
  • 4 medium bananas


  • In bowl of stand mixer or mixing bowl with electric mixture, combine sweetened condensed milk and cold water, then add pudding mix and beat/blend for 2 minutes.  Transfer to bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Beat heavy cream in bowl of stand mixer until fluffy and medium-stiff  peaks form.  Fold whipped cream into chilled pudding mixture and fold and stir until just combined and there are no streaks.
  • Assemble banana pudding.  Peel and slice bananas.  In a trifle dish, or any large dish or pan, add a layer of pudding, a layer of wafers, and then a layer of banana slices.  Repeat with two more layers, ending with the pudding mixture on top. Amount of layers depends on size of dish.
  • Cover and chill for 6 hours to overnight.  Garnish with crushed wafers and banana slices, if desired.

Recipe Notes

You can go as plain or fancy as you'd like. Use your best trifle dish or layer it in a cake pan. Even use a plastic bowl with lid for easy transportation.


Calories: 423kcal Carbohydrates: 47g Protein: 5g Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 15g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 67mg Sodium: 184mg Potassium: 294mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 34g Vitamin A: 847IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 117mg Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Saturday 12th of December 2020

I brought this to work and my coworkers tried it, made this face: 🥺. And told me I’m going to be a great mom one day 🤣🤣😂. But really, it’s the absolute best!!


Friday 16th of October 2020

I found this recipe last year and I bring it to every party or special occasion possible, because it’s seriously the best banana pudding ever!


Friday 30th of October 2020


Alex Myers

Saturday 11th of May 2019

The best!


Saturday 11th of May 2019

Thanks Alex! Grace makes it all the time!


Monday 15th of April 2019

Can I use dr. Oetker vanilla pudding mix(that usually is cooked)?


Sunday 6th of January 2019

Excellent banana pudding!