A Thanksgiving Soul Food: Southern Banana Pudding

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In today’s episode, Chef Nancie is creating her rendition of a Southern banana pudding.. that is a lot lighter! You can eat two bowls of it, and you don’t even know you’ve eaten two bowls! It definitely melts in your mouth.

7 hours
7 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups sliced barely ripe bananas,
  • 1 (12 oz.) box Nilla Wafers

Additional items:
Plastic wrap



  • In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined – about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat well – about 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. It is very important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set. It will be watery if you don’t let it set up long enough.
  • In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.
    Dessert can either be made in individual portions or in a large glass bowl with a 4-5 quart capacity (a 9×13 baking dish also works).
  • To assemble the dessert, arrange 1/3 of the Nilla wafers covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3 of the bananas and 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer. Cover tightly and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours, no longer (because bananas will start to brown)