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Southern Banana Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling


8 servings

Updated: Nov. 17, 2022
This old southern banana pudding recipe features a comforting custard layered with sliced bananas and vanilla wafers, then topped with meringue. I serve it year-round. —Jan Campbell, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Southern Banana Pudding Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 36 vanilla wafers
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and flour. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot milk mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat; gently stir in butter and vanilla.
  3. In an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish, layer a third of the vanilla wafers, bananas and filling. Repeat layers twice.
  4. For meringue, beat egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to sides of dish. Bake until meringue is golden, 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Southern Banana Pudding Tips

How do you store Southern banana pudding?

This Southern banana pudding lasts for about four days when stored in the fridge. It's the perfect make-ahead treat!

Can you serve Southern banana pudding warm?

Our Test Kitchen experts think banana pudding is best served cold, but go with your personal preference.

What can you serve Southern banana pudding with?

For even more creamy flavor, serve Southern banana pudding with a dollop of whipped cream!

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 293 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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