Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding Recipe

One of my favorite summer treats is banana pudding. It’s light, fluffy, cold, and delicious. I first had this banana pudding recipe almost 10 years ago when E was born. My cousin brought it to me. Later, I discovered it’s the same recipe Tyler’s Grandma Dean uses, hence the name Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding.

The secret but essential ingredient in this recipe is the sour cream. I know that sounds a little counter intuitive to the sweetness of banana pudding, but it’s definitely one of the most important ingredients. Sour cream and vanilla wafers. You can use the Nilla Wafers, but I prefer Trader Joe’s Ultimate Vanilla Wafers.

Your Grandma’s Banana Pudding Recipe


  1. 2 large packages Jello Instant Vanilla/French Vanilla pudding
  2. 6 cups milk
  3. 1 package of TJ’s Ultimate Vanilla Wafers/Nilla Wafers
  4. 6 bananas
  5. 8 oz. Cool Whip
  6. 8 oz. sour cream


  1. Mix the 2 packages vanilla pudding with 6 cups milk in a large mixing bowl. Let set.
  2. In a 9×13 pan, place a layer of vanilla wafers on the bottom.
  3. Using 3 bananas, place a layer of sliced bananas on top.
  4. Add 8 oz. sour cream and Cool Whip to the vanilla pudding. Mix until smooth
  5. Add 1/2 of the pudding mixture on top of the vanilla wafers and bananas.
  6. Create another layer of the vanilla wafers (saving a few for topping), bananas, and pudding mixture.
  7. Crush the remaining vanilla wafers and sprinkle on top.

I made this recipe this past week for a birthday celebration for Tyler. Everyone loved it. One of the things Ethan loves most is that he can lick the spoon and bowl because there are no raw eggs. It’s a win-win situation.