(Recipe by Paula Deen)
Time: 15 minutes
- 6-8 bananas, sliced
- 2 bags of Chessmen cookies or 1 and a half boxes of Nilla Wafers
- One 12 ounce container of whipped cream
- One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- One 8 ounce package of cream cheese
- 2 cups milk
- One 5 ounce box or 2 small boxes instant French vanilla pudding mix
Line the bottom of your dish with cookies and top with sliced bananas.
In one bowl, mix together the milk and pudding mix with an electric mixture until thoroughly combined. Mixture will be thick.
In another bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
Using a spatula, fold (do not stir) the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
Fold that into the pudding until well blended.
Spread a layer of the pudding mixture over the cookies and bananas in your dish.
Add another layer of cookies and bananas, then another layer of the pudding mixture.
Top with remaining cookies.
Place in the fridge until ready to serve!
If you love banana pudding like I do, this recipe is a MUST for you to try. I’ve made it for housewarming parties, cookouts, work functions, etc. and have never brought home any leftovers. People have literally grabbed extra cookies and scraped the dish clean. I would be one of those people. No shame!
The South is steeped in a list of tradition and our recipes are high on that list. In the past, there was no way would I have used instant pudding mix in my banana pudding. “Instant?? Bless your heart. It’s Grandma Peggy’s homemade recipe or nothing!” But when a friend requested banana pudding a few hours before we were going over for supper, I found Miss Dean’s quick recipe, gave it a try and have never gone back! Sorry, Grandma Peggy. This stuff is like dreamy, creamy, crack with bananas. It is that good, y’all.
Go fix you some!
Recipe Suggestions –
I do keep in some tradition with the Nilla wafers. I’ll try the Chessmen cookies eventually but I’m not ready to have ‘nanner puddin’ without wafers. That’s just not natural. I’m also not a huge banana person so I use 3-4 bananas and slice them thin. I suggest making this as close as possible to the time you need to leave if you’re bringing it somewhere. Nobody likes brown bananas! **
**I would also like to add that I am in no way affiliated with Mrs. Paula Deen. This is an honest review about some dayum good dessert. If you make it, let me know how you like it! Enjoy!**