Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

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One of my favorite things from my childhood is cooking out with my family at the local state parks. My Dad would always grill hot dogs and hamburgers and Mom would always fix cole slaw and this banana pudding for dessert then after we ate, we’d all head out for a swim (after the obligatory hour wait of course lol).  This Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding is light, creamy and oh so tasty! It’s perfect for summer cookouts, parties or just because! It’s super simple to make too and yes, it may be the one dessert that I actually crave at totally random times (like 11 pm when I made this particular batch.).


Light, creamy and oh so tasty, this Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding is the perfect spring or summer dessert!


Now I have to confess something. I’m SO not big on banana flavored anything…except this dish. It’s so good that it takes away the banana taste that I really don’t like and replaces it with a sweet, creamy one that I have grown to love!

You Will Need:

  • 4-5 large bananas
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers
  • (2) boxes vanilla pudding
  • (1) tub Cool-Whip




To get started, mix up the vanilla pudding according to what it says on the box then set it aside. Next, slice the bananas. You can do however thickness you’d like on them. As you can see, mine vary in how thick they are. I’m a rebel like that.



Once you’ve got the pudding made and the bananas sliced, lay down a layer of Nilla Wafers into whatever dish you’re making it in. I was just doing it for dessert so I just used a mixing bowl that I had lying around. Don’t judge me. You can use a pretty dish if you’d like.



Add a layer of that oh so creamy pudding over the ‘Nilla wafers and spread it out. Yes. You will move some of the cookies when you spread it. It’s all good, just don’t use all of the pudding you have since you’ll need it to create layers. I used about 1/4 of it here, but you can use less if you’d like or if you made more than 2 boxes, go crazy and use more!



Next, take part of your banana slices and spread them onto the pudding in an even layer. See where we’re going with this? Rocket science here folks.



Lather, rinse and repeat until your pudding is layered all nice and tasty like. Make sure that you end on a layer of whipped topping then finish it off by sprinkling crumbled ‘Nilla wafers on top! Refrigerate for 2-4 hours and serve cold!

I promise you this dish will absolutely not have leftovers and it will absolutely, 100% hit that “spot” that a great dessert needs to hit.



Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Light, creamy and oh so tasty, this Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding is the perfect spring or summer dessert!
Author: Stacy Barr


  • 4-5 large bananas
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers
  • 2 boxes vanilla pudding
  • 1 tub Cool-Whip


  • Prepare pudding according to package directions
  • Slice bananas
  • Layer bottom of serving bowl with a layer of Nilla Wafers
  • Add a layer of pudding
  • Add a layer of bananas
  • Add a layer of Cool-Whip
  • Repeat to top of bowl ending with layer of Cool-Ship


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Stacy Williams is a 37-year old wife to a USAF Gulf War Veteran, mother of two teen girls and fur-mamma to a rescued pit bull. The face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family, she also owns and manages Long Haul Wife, Republic Preparedness, The Genealogy Queen and a handful of others sites. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome a drinking problem, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence, and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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