So let’s talk about my Auntie Barbie’s Banana Pudding.   Here is a little background.  I have shared before that my aunts have a catering company in Kansas City, Three Sisters Catering.  They serve up all of the best soul food dishes at the finest church functions!  Of the three, my Auntie Barbie is the dessert queen.  I kid you not, on any given holiday she is rolling up with four cakes, four pies, dozens of cookies and other desserts like banana pudding.  Nobody in our family would DARE bring a dessert because nobody will eat it if ain’t made by Auntie Barbie!

For years I avoided her banana pudding at family functions ’cause I am not a huge fan of bananas.  I cannot recall what made me finally try it, but ever since then it is my favorite dessert.  Since my auntie’s version was the only one I ever tried, I assumed they were ALL like this featuring a whipped cream topping.  Imagine my disappointment to learn that folks are passing off basic pudding and wafers as “banana pudding”!  Where is the whipped cream? A necessary ingredient in my humble opinion!

Well, my aunt graciously agreed to share the wealth with the BGWB audience, so you can see how it should be made!  So here is my Auntie Barbie’s Banana Pudding recipe featuring my spin with homemade whipped cream!


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5 from 17 votes

Auntie Barbie's Banana Pudding

A traditional banana pudding, perfect for a summer time dessert!


  • 3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 1/2 Tbsps Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Box Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 3-4 Bananas
  • 1 Can Condensed Milk
  • 1 Box Nilla Wafers


  1. For the homemade whipped cream, start by putting the KitchenAid metal bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes. 

  2. Remove bowl from fridge and add heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.  Begin whipping the cream on medium high until it reaches whipped cream consistency. Set aside once completed. 

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  3. Pour condensed milk in to a large bowl.  Fill the condensed milk can with water and add the water the condensed milk.  Whisk until combined. 

  4. Add the vanilla pudding mix to the condensed milk mixture.  Whisk until combined. 

  5. Next take half of the homemade whipped cream and gently fold it in to the pudding mixture. 

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  6. Slice bananas and set them aside. 

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  7. Put one layer of nilla wafers at the bottom of your trifle bowl.  Add another layer of bananas.  Then add a layer of your pudding mixture.  Repeat 1x. 

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  8. Top the pudding with the remaining whipped cream. 

  9. Crumble about 5-6 six nilla wafers in a zip lock bag and add to the top. 

  10. Place in the refrigerator until time to serve. 

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Few Notes

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If you are looking for a cheap dessert for a barbecue, go with this one! It comes out to less than $20 with all of the ingredients.  You can also save yourself some time by picking up a standard tub of CoolWhip instead of the homemade whipped cream.  This is how my aunt does it and there truly is nothing wrong with that version.  My final and most important note, do not be like me and pick up “cooked pudding” because it will not work and you will be sitting there with a soup mess looking the fool!

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Hope you all enjoy!