Banana Pudding Trifle

Better than mom’s banana cream pudding! This layered banana pudding trifle serves a crowd and makes a stunning presentation.

The best way to use bananas before they turn too brown? Banana pudding! And this banana pudding trifle is a stunning way to present it.

A traditional trifle usually has jello and sponge cake with fresh fruit…but bananas and pudding make a gorgeous trifle presentation as well. As long as you have a pudding layer and a cookie layer, you’re good!

closeup of a banana layered trifle

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Feeds a crowd.
  • Only 15 minutes prep.
  • A great make ahead dessert.
  • Stunning presentation.
  • Classic banana cream flavor.

Do you have to have a trifle dish?

It’s not a big deal if you don’t have a trifle dish (although this would make a great gift for a baker in your life). The good thing about banana pudding is once you dig in with your spoon to dish it out it is no longer pretty! Any large bowl or glass oblong dish will be fine.

How to Make Banana Pudding Trifle

  • In a large mixing bowl mix the whole milk with both boxes of the vanilla pudding and the condensed milk. Mix well until there are no lumps remaining in the mixture then put the bowl into the refrigerator to set. About 5-10 Minutes.
  • In the meantime in another large mixing bowl add the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. You will be using half of the mixture as a layer in the dessert then the other half for decorating the top.
  • Add a layer of vanilla cookies on the bottom of the trifle dish. If you don’t have a trifle dish, a large dessert dish will be fine. A glass one makes a pretty presentation.
  • Add slices of banana (about coin size) on top of those vanilla cookies.
  • On top of that add a layer of the vanilla pudding. Then make another layer of cookies, bananas and pudding.
  • Then layer half of the cream.
  • Add another layer each of cookies, bananas and pudding until you’re at the top of the dish.
  • Top with the remaining cream and decorate with crushed vanilla cookies and sliced bananas.

How do you get the layers to be so pretty?

Make sure to stand the cookie layer up on their sides up the side of the dish. Then do the same with a banana layer. It will give some added beauty to the presentation.

banana pudding on a serving spoon

Storage Instructions

This dessert will need to be refrigerated and will keep for 3 days. This does not freeze well.

This is a great make ahead dessert. Make the day before serving if you’d like so the flavors can blend together.

banana pudding in a dish

Recipe Variations

  • Use white chocolate pudding or banana cream pudding in place of vanilla.
  • Cool Whip can replace the whipped cream.
  • Leave out the sweetened condensed milk to lower calories. Plus, you can use sugar free pudding.
  • Use Chessman cookies instead of vanilla wafers.
  • Replace the cookies with angel food cake or sponge cake.

You may also love our banana pudding poke cake.

closeup of a banana layered trifle
closeup of a banana layered trifle

Banana Pudding Trifle

5 from 1 vote
Better than mom's banana cream pudding! This layered banana pudding trifle serves a crowd and makes a stunning presentation.
Servings 15
Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding (5.1 ounces)
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large bananas
  • 12 ounces vanilla wafers
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl mix the whole milk with both boxes of the vanilla pudding and the condensed milk. Mix well until there are no lumps remaining in the mixture then put the bowl into the refrigerator to set. About 5-10 Minutes.
  • In the meantime in another large mixing bowl add the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. You will be using half of the mixture as a layer in the dessert then the other half for decorating the top.
  • Add a layer of vanilla cookies on the bottom of the trifle dish. If you don't have a trifle dish, a large dessert dish will be fine. A glass one makes a pretty presentation.
  • Add slices of banana (about coin size) on top of those vanilla cookies.
  • On top of that add a layer of the vanilla pudding. Then make another layer of cookies, bananas and pudding.
  • Then layer half of the cream.
  • Add another layer each of cookies, bananas and pudding until you’re at the top of the dish.
  • Top with the remaining cream and decorate with crushed vanilla cookies and sliced bananas.
  • Store in the refrigerator until serving.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 15 people, with 1 serving being 1/15 of the dessert. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 407
Keyword banana dessert, layered dessert, trifle recipe

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