My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by grabbing dinner at the place that catered our wedding. My husband has always raved about their banana pudding, but I had never tried it, and to be honest, I wasn’t dying to try it either because I’m not too crazy about banana pudding. One bite in and my mind was completely changed. This banana pudding was so. good!!!!! So good, in fact, that I was inspired to make banana pudding at home!
1 8 oz block of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 5 oz package of instant vanilla pudding
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 bananas, sliced
1 box of vanilla wafers
Cool whip, thawed (optional)
Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until soft. Add sweetened condensed milk, cream, water, pudding package, and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
In a trifle dish, a 9 x 13” casserole dish, or any regular ole glass bowl you have, assemble the pudding. Layer vanilla wafers in the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of bananas on top of the wafers. Next, spoon 1/3 of the pudding into your dish, ensuring all bananas are covered. Repeat until you have 3 layers. If desired, garnish top with additional banana slices, wafers, and cool whip. Let pudding cool for 1 hour or so to thicken up.
Note: depending on the size of your dish, you make to double up on wafers and banana slices so the layers are thicker.
Hope you love it!