Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

This Banana Pudding is one of my favorite desserts of all time! It's so easy to make and everyone LOVES it!

Magnolia Bakery in New York City might deserve credit as one of the bakeries that started the cupcake craze, but one of their most popular bakery items is not a cupcake… it’s banana pudding!

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is one of my favorite treats of all time!  Creamy, fluffy pudding, fresh banana and simple vanilla cookies combine to create a dessert that is so much more than the sum of it’s parts!

Last year I visited New York City for the first time in my life.  Of course there were many iconic places I wanted to visit… Central Park, Time Square, and Magnolia Bakery!  When you love sweets and baking as much as I do, it’s easy to see why bakeries are always high on my list of “must see” stops whenever I travel!

As I stood in front of the bakery display at Magnolia Bakery, trying to decide which pretty treat to choose, a lady ran in and went right to the register to order 2 large banana puddings.  I hadn’t even noticed the banana pudding, but she seemed quite passionate about it, so I figured I’d better try one too.   I ordered a couple different selections (to share with a friend) and included one small order of banana pudding.  Each of the items I shared with my friend was delicious… but the banana pudding was by far our favorite!  Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is sweet and fluffy (not as thick as regular pudding), with pieces of what I thought was vanilla cake, and then fresh banana.  It’s simply delicious!

After my trip I made sure to seek out the recipe, and luckily it’s available for all to enjoy in The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, along with lots of other delicious recipes!

I made a batch of this delicious pudding and shared a couple jars with a friend.  I’m pretty sure our friendship is sealed for life, thanks to this amazing pudding!  =)

Simply the BEST banana pudding ever! Simple to make and everyone LOVES it!

I’ll have to say I was a bit surprised by this recipe… the ingredients seem so simple, boxed mix pudding, Nilla wafers, banana… but a few unique techniques transform these common ingredients into a truly special dessert!  When I first tried this pudding at Magnolia Bakery I was sure that the recipe included vanilla cake… come to find out it’s simply vanilla cookies that have become just soft enough to resemble cake, and yet they are not soggy (as I would have assumed if I’d never tried it for myself).

I can’t urge you enough… just make this!

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Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding

Yield: 6 servings

This banana pudding dessert is creamy, fluffy and oh so delicious!


  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water (filtered is best)
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box of Nilla Wafers (cookies)
  • 4 medium bananas


In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend sweetened condensed milk and cold water until combined. Add pudding mix and blend on medium speed about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight).

After the pudding mixture has chilled and is very firm (at least 4 hours), beat cold whipping cream in the bowl of an electric mixer until the cream is fluffy and holds a stiff peak. Then, use a spatula to gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream (add the pudding to the whipped cream in two batches). Fold/stir just until the pudding is combined. Fill (2/3 full) a large piping bag or a large ziplock bag with the whipped pudding (then snip off one corner of the bag).

Pour about 1/2 of the box of Nilla Wafers into a large bowl and break up each cookie in half or into a couple pieces.

Slice bananas, reserving a 1/2 of a banana (in the peel) to slice and add just before serving.

Begin assembly by adding a few broken cookies, a few slices of banana, and a layer of the pudding. Repeat with cookies, banana and pudding. Add a third layer if possible (depending on your dishes). Chill assembled desserts at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours. Shortly before serving, add a garnish of a few broken cookies and a slice of banana.

Simply the BEST banana pudding ever! Simple to make and everyone LOVES it!


This Banana Pudding is one of my favorite treats of all time! It's simple to make and everyone LOVES it!

Have you ever visited Magnolia Bakery?  What’s your favorite treat from their gorgeous selections?

Looking for a banana pudding dessert that doesn’t call for boxed mix pudding?  Try one of my most popular recipes of all time, this delicious Banana Caramel Cream Dessert!


  1. YUM! ! ! Just yum! ! ! I want some of this right now!

  2. I’ve never visited Magnolia Bakery but I’ve heard so many good things! Everything sounds delicious. I’ll have to take a look at that cookbook and bake up some treats of my own.

  3. I’ve never visited Magnolia Bakery, but I only hear wonderful things about it! I absolutely LOVE banana pudding. I can’t believe how simple this recipe is. I can’t wait to try it!

  4. This looks delicious! I’ll have to try this recipe!

  5. I’m so excited to try this recipe. I’ve always wanted to go to Magnolia Bakery. Thanks for sharing and I’m going to make it for my bunco group dessert. Next week

  6. my mom has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember. My favorite dessert growing up and now of my kids! So so yummy!!

  7. Hi, I recently made this pudding ….served it with a salted caramel sauce. So easy and delicious! I have been to a couple of the Magnolia Bakeries in NYC. I think I had cupcakes, but they didn’t leave a lasting impression.

  8. Has anyone used boxed banana pudding for this ??

  9. yes, consider me sealed! this is without a doubt my most favorite food ever – well maybe tied with your cheesecake mousse

  10. Yum! We love this recipe! Next time I make this I think I’ll do the individual servings like you have pictured. Love you!

  11. Just call me a minion, but i can’t resist any kind of banana inspired cake. That love runs deep in me. Today, you’re my big love dear.

  12. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious!

  13. Delicious. Added 1/2 tsp banana extract for the banana freaks at my house.

  14. Nilla Wafers in Banana Pudding…YUM!!! This was a staple dessert when I lived in Tennessee, but a rare find in California. Thank you for reminding me of this treat!

  15. I made this over the weekend. It is amazing! My 4 year old son and my husband loved it. It really is as good as it sounds!

  16. I discovered this exact recipe on the Eagle Brand Condensed milk can almost 20 years ago. I guess Magnolia Bakery discovered what some of us have known for a long time is the best banana pudding ever!

  17. I went to there bakery in November of 2014! It was also my first time in NYC, and I got the red velvet cupcake. The icing was so amazing that I bought the cookbook! I was so happy when I saw this on your blog. I have been following you for 2 years now:)

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  19. Wow. Everything about this pudding is amazing. I love magnolia bakery. When I’m in the city, I try and stop into their Rockefeller store front.

  20. thanks for this recipe! It was delicious! I made it for my Dads birthday because banana pudding is his favorite. He said it was probably the best banana pudding he had ever eaten! I am excited to try some of your other recipes now, escpecially your vanilla cream cheese frosting ☺️

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  22. Hi Glory, the banana pudding looks delicious! But i dont have nilla biscuit here. Any suggestion what is the best substitute for it? I looked up on the internet and they said fingers biscuit is good enough. And which jar is best for your recipe? Is it 100ml or 150ml jar? Thank you kindly

  23. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious!

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  25. Made this recipe today for 2 die hard magnolia banana pudding lovers. They loved it and said it tastes just like magnolias. Will definitely be making this more often.

  26. Delicious. Added 1/2 tsp banana extract for the banana freaks at my house.

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  28. If I wanted to make this for a family dinner and put in a,big bowl instead of individual jars, would this recipe be enough? I didn’t see anywhere that said how many servings it makes. I would love to make this and share it with my family for our Memorial Day picnic! Thanks!

  29. Just came back from New York… Hands down, the Banana Pudding was a hit by everyone. Delish!

  30. Should have mentioned that we did eat the BP from Magnolias and it was the best ever!

  31. Just got back from NYC…had Magnolia cupcakes and Banana pudding…. OH MY. The banana pudding was AMAZING, cupcakes were fine… 
    Pick the banana pudding. ORIGINAL!

  32. A stop at Magnoila Bakery just for their Banana Pudding has become part of my routine whenever I go to NYC (it was the first thing I did before I even checked into my room earlier this year). I’m looking forward to trying this recipe out so I can enjoy this more than just on my NYC visits! 🙂

  33. Hi,

    I love Magnolia’s pudding and am so excited to replicate it! I did the first step last night and let it sit in the fridge overnight, but it hasn’t set up at all – it is very liquidy. Any idea why that is or how to thicken/set it up?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Maya,
      If it’s been in the fridge overnight it should definitely be firm, like jello, by now. Did you blend the water, condensed milk and dry pudding well before chilling? I’m sorry to say, without being with you in the kitchen it’s really hard to say what the problem might be. I might double check your measurements and the directions and see if you missed anything. Best of luck!

    • This happened to me twice! . It was because I used the “cook and serve” mix instead of the instant mix. I used the instant mix the third time and it came out nice and firm! 

  34. Did you make sure to get Instand pudding? 

  35. Has anyone tried to add mashed banana to the custard mixture while cooking, if making from scratch? To make it more ‘bananaery???

  36. How should I adjust the recipe to serve 20 or more? Triple the recipe and make in a large pan? Bringing it to a picnic.

    • If the dish is going to be at a pot-luck style event, I think if you double it it will likely fill a full sized trifle dish (or casserole dish). The servings listed are if you’re filling a half-pint jar and that’s a bit more than most people would dish up onto a plate at a pot-luck.

  37. Thank you Glory.  I made it two weeks ago and it was amazing !  Making it again tonight, doubling the recipe.  

  38. Do you know to make a banana pudding cake I can send you a photo if you nyou a picture if you need one

  39. Do you make the vanilla cookies or just buy some vanilla cookies that are soft? Unless, I missed something I didn’t see a recipe for the cookies or a favorite brand (if any). I will re-read in case I missed it. I’m looking forward to making it for my boyfriend. HE LOVESSSSS banana pudding!

  40. Just made it with graham crackers.  Nice alternative!

  41. Very excited to try this recipe out – I love MB’s banana pudding!

    One quick question – 3 cups whipped cream before or after it’s whilped?


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  43. Hi! I noticed some other famous recipes call for cream cheese – does this take away from flavor or texture without it? Thank you!

    • Hi! I do love cream cheese in most anything… but for the most authentic Magnolia version of this dish, I’d leave out cream cheese. But feel free to experiment!

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