Last year it was the butter pecan banana pudding. What will it be this year? Come on out to the National Banana Pudding Festival located in Centerville, TN, where you’ll get to try out every banana pudding recipe out there. See how your own recipes compare by trying out either the traditional recipe below or by branching out to other versions like the cheesecake or caramelized puddings!

Traditional Banana Pudding Recipe

Serves: 8 People

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 50 Minutes

What You Need:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 (14-oz.) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sliced ripe bananas
  • 48 vanilla wafers
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar

How It’s Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine flour and salt in a medium saucepan. Gradually stir in 1% milk, sweetened condensed milk, and yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  3. Layer 3 banana slices, 3 1/2 Tbsp. pudding, and 3 vanilla wafers in each of 8 (1-cup) ramekins or ovenproof glass dishes. Top each with 6 banana slices, 3 1/2 Tbsp. pudding, and 3 vanilla wafers.
  4. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Spread about 1/2 cup meringue over each pudding.
  5. Bake at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool 30 minutes.

Note: An 8-inch square baking dish may be substituted for glass dishes. Arrange 1 cup bananas on bottom of the dish. Top with one-third pudding mixture and 16 vanilla wafers. Repeat layers twice, ending with pudding. Arrange remaining 16 wafers around inside edge of the dish, gently pressing wafers into pudding. Spread meringue over pudding, sealing edges; bake 20 to 25 minutes; cool as directed.

For a different spin on banana pudding, check out these 11 other banana pudding recipes that include things like banana caramelized pudding, pudding pie, cupcakes, and cheesecake.