Banana Pudding

A fresh vanilla wafer being placed on the top of a banana pudding as a garnish.

Banana pudding is a popular dessert that is perfect for camping as it is so easy to make. It can be made as a single dish or, as in these instructions, made in small individual serving glasses. 

It is not only ideal to make ahead, but actually needed to get the cookies in it to soften before eating. A fresh cookie can be added on the top to provide some texture and crunch when eating.

There are two versions of this recipe using the same ingredients, depending if you like a crunchy or a soft, smooth version. The smooth one can also be a bit trickier to make in the outdoors or if you have limited time. They both taste the same.

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Slices of fresh banana being added to a small jar of banana pudding.
Fresh banana is added in the middle layer so it is covered with the pudding and not exposed to air keeping it from turning brown.
A scoop of set banana pudding being added to a jar surrounded by other banana puddings in jars.
The rustic version has the pre-set pudding being added to the jars.
Sliced bananas and vanilla wafers on a white plate with the serving jars in the background.
Precut the bananas and lay out the vanilla wafers so the individual puddings can be made quickly.
Small jars of banana pudding garnished with a standing vanilla wafer laid out on a table.
Serving the puddings in a jar takes away the issue of portion control with each person taking one.
A fresh vanilla wafer being placed on the top of a banana pudding as a garnish.
A fresh vanilla wafer can be added just before serving to provide some crunch.

Banana Pudding Recipe

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A fresh vanilla wafer being placed on the top of a banana pudding as a garnish.
Banana pudding is a popular dessert that is perfect for camping as it is so easy to make.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 40 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseDessert
DifficultyBeginner
MethodChill

Ingredients

  • 1 packet instant banana pudding
  • 20 vanilla wafers or plain biscuits
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup milk (or as per packet directions)
  • 6 vanilla wafers, to garnish

Equipment

  • 6 serving jars or 1 large bowl
  • cooler

Directions

Rustic Version

  • Make the banana pudding as per the packet directions. Put aside to set.
  • Crumble the wafers or biscuits. Peel and slice the banana.
  • Layout the serving jars. Evenly divide the wafers across the bottom.
  • Using half the pudding, place a layer of the set mixture over the crumbled wafers.
  • Spread the sliced bananas over the top of the pudding.
  • Top the banana with the remaining pudding. Place in the cooler until ready to serve.

Smooth Version

  • Crumble the wafers until fine like breadcrumbs. Peel and slice the banana.
  • Place a layer of the wafer crumbs in the bottom of jars until all are used.
  • Top the crumbs with the sliced bananas divided evenly among the jars.
  • Make the banana pudding as per the packet directions. Immediately pour the pudding evenly into each jar while still runny.
  • Place in a cooler to set and keep cold.
  • Garnish with a new waffer just before serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 216mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg

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