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Southern Banana Pudding for a Crowd

Southern Banana Pudding for a Crowd

Even though I am from the South, I have never actually made banana pudding before (shocker I know!!!!).   This week I teamed up with a couple of other Sales guys at work to cook for charity, we chose a Southern theme for our submission. (Note that the new banana pudding pics show a third of the full recipe. This makes enough Southern banana pudding for a crowd in a big roaster pan like the picture below.)

banana pudding for a crowd

I volunteered to make banana pudding.   Easy, peasy….right?

Well, I forgot about it and then had to figure out a recipe last minute.  This recipe checked all the boxes. It’s not really like my Granny’s (hers had meringue) but I prefer whipped cream instead. Meringue is just not my thing. (It may that my granddaddy always called it “calf slobbers” growing up. Ick!)

I would definitely call this a cheater recipe.  Traditional Southern banana pudding has a cooked pudding base while this recipe has an instant pudding base.  Regardless it tastes AWESOME and was a big hit with everyone. Don’t be wary of the condensed milk in the recipe either. It doesn’t make the recipe too sweet, it just changes the banana pudding for a crowd from just good to AMAZING.

Make it for your next barbecue party or take it to a potluck. I guarantee someone will ask for the recipe.


Did you know…

  • Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the American diet?
  • Bananas float!
  • Bananas are officially a berry!

Who knew! Bananas are a favourite in our house (tho Dewey is actually allergic to them). We use them in Green Smoothies, Banana Bread and, of course, Banana pudding. I also love them just as they are or sliced on top of toast slathered with crunchy peanut butter.

If I’m going to eat bananas by themselves, they have to be perfectly yellow with a tinge of green at the top with no brown spots. Once a brown spot appears, into the freezer they go (peeled of course) for smoothies and banana bread. Banana pudding is best when made with ripe but not mushy bananas.

How to Make Southern Banana Pudding for a Crowd

Southern Banana Pudding for a crowd
Yield: 30

Banana Pudding for a Crowd

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Love banana pudding but not sure how to make enough for a crowd? Here is how to make banana pudding for a crowd that everyone will love!


  • 3 cans condensed milk
  • 4 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3 packages vanilla instant pudding, small
  • 6 cups whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 boxes Nilla wafers
  • 12 bananas, +/- depends on how big they are
  • additional whipped cream for garnish
  • 1 disposable rectangular turkey roaster pan


  1. In a large bowl combine condensed milk and water. Stir until well mixed. Add vanilla pudding and mix well with a whisk. Chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  2. Whip whipping cream in small batches (you cannot whip 6 cups of cream in a normal mixer at one time....ask me how I know).
  3. Peel bananas and cut them into 1/2 inch thick circles. Toss banana pieces with lemon juice to keep from browning. Set aside.
  4. Gently fold whipped cream into chilled pudding mixture until just mixed. Spread 1/4 of the mixture in the bottom of the roaster pan. Follow with a layer of vanilla wafers and then a layer of bananas. Top with pudding mixture, layer of cookies, layer of bananas & finish off with the rest of the pudding. Chill overnight if possible.
  5. To serve, add additional whipped cream for garnish.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 4g

Recipe Notes: This is BIG.  It will serve a lot of people.  It is a big party pleaser, though, so it is worth it.  My friend Jolene said, “It’s like a slice of heaven.”  If you have a smaller group just make the original recipe.

Southern Banana Pudding for a crowd

Banana Pudding for a crowd

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Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

Made this many times! Such a big hit and so so delicious! I have a question though-- I'm looking for ways to make this so much smaller for my sister's birthday and in the post you say something about "using the original recipe for smaller groups". Can I find this recipe somewhere or is there a certain way to divide the recipe? Help!!

Merry Kuchle

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

Just divide everything by 3 and it will work perfectly!


Wednesday 1st of June 2022

Could I Use Cool Whip ? It’s for my baby shower I don’t want to mess it up though

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 1st of June 2022

I haven’t tested it but I think it will probably work fine. Congrats on the baby!

Adrianne Furlough

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Can you tell me how to use this recipe for a 8 inch cake pan, I need to make a banana pudding for that size cake pan, & can I use cream cheese in it

Merry Kuchle

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

I would divide everything by 3. My recipe doesn’t use cream cheese so you would have to play around with it if you added it.

Donna Michelle Sellers

Monday 14th of December 2020

I am confused about the whipping cream. Would you tell me exactly how you do your whipping cream?

Merry Kuchle

Monday 14th of December 2020

Just whip it with a mixer. You can add a bit of powdered sugar if you like but this recipe is plenty sweet without it.

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