Banana Pudding

I love me some banana pudding. The first southern banana pudding recipe I ever shared on my blog was super simple. I still use it this day for a quick banana pudding recipe. But when I want to make some for a party or a family get together this is the recipe I use. 

If you’re wondering how to make the best southern banana pudding ever then look no further. I first crossed this recipe about 10 years ago and have since then adapted to fit my taste buds. But not by much. 

Banana Pudding with Moon Pies

The base for this recipe is of course bananas, pudding and whipped topping. But to take it to the next level you’re going to add a secret ingredient.

Moon Pies.

Oh yes. Moon pies ( specifically banana flavored or chocolate if you can’t find the banana ones) are going to have all your taste buds popping! 

I know what you’re thinking. DESTINY don’t do me like this!! Why would you mess up a good thing? A classic?

But do me a favor. Just try it friends and if you don’t like it? Well.I’m sorry. Your taste buds aren’t working properly. hahhaaaa! 

How to make Banana Pudding with Moon Pies

To make this recipe you’ll need a few ingredients. I used boxed banana cream instant pudding, chocolate moonpies, banana and whipped topping along with some vanilla wafer for crunch. Scroll down for the full recipe.

First you’ll want to make the pudding. I used Jello Banana Cream Pudding for this recipe. I love the extra banana flavor it gives. Mix two boxes with 4 cups of cold milk. Mix until is sets and then place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Once the pudding is ready, remove it from the fridge and begin to prep all your other ingredients.

Cut up 6 bananas into slices.

Banana Slices

Then cut up the moon pies into quarter pieces.

Chocolate Moon Pies
Moon Pies in Banana Pudding is so good

With a spatula, place 1/2 of the banana cream pudding at the bottom of a trifle bowl like the one below.

Next add a layer of bananas until it covers all of the pudding.

The next layer should be the moon pies. Add them until they cover all of the bananas.

The last layer will be the whipped topping. I highly suggest you use stabilized homemade whipped topping or by a tub from your local bakery like I do. It makes a big difference. Cool Whip does not work because it is not stable enough.

Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding Layers
Whipped Topping

Repeat the layers one more time until you reach the top. If you have any leftover pudding go ahead and add that to the top.

Moon Pies on top of banana pudding
Banana Slices

Top it off with the whipped topping and some vanilla wafers and bananas for some crunch!

I also like to add the vanilla wafer to the plate when I serve it. I love the crunch of the vanilla wafer so much. Plus it’s hard to leave vanilla wafers out of a southern banana pudding recipe ha!

Southern Desserts Banana Pudding
Southern Banana Pudding with Moon Pies

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Banana Pudding

Southern Banana Pudding with Moon Pies

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

A banana pudding with a secret ingredient that will knock your socks off! This banana pudding includes moonpies that will give every bite


  • 2 packages of Jello Banana Cream Pudding 3.5 oz
  • 4 cups of cold milk
  • 6 large moon pies ( chocolate or banana flavor)
  • 6 large bananas sliced
  • 4 cups prepared whipped topping ( Cool Whip is not recommended )
  • vanilla wafers for garnish


  1. Empty both packages of banana cream pudding mix into a mixing bowl along with 4 cups of cold milk. Whisk until combined together. Place in fridge for 30 minutes or until set.
  2. Slice all six bananas and set aside.
  3. Cut 6 large moon pies into quarter pieces and set aside.
  4. Remove pudding from fridge and assemble the banana pudding in layers into a trifle bowl.
  5. Layer banana cream pudding, bananas, moon pies and whipped topping. Repeat the layer one more time.
  6. Top with nilla wafers and extra bananas.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


You can buy whipped topping from your grocery store bakery. If not you can make your own using this recipe.

Use a Trifle Bowl for best results.

Try Walmart, Dollar Tree, Cracker Barrel or Amazon to purchase moon pies.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 505Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 3gSugar: 48gProtein: 8g

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