A highly-rated banana pudding recipe is Food Network's "Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding." This recipe is rated 5 out of 5 stars by over 2,000 reviewers, as of April 2015. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and serves around 12 people.
To make the banana pudding, layer chessmen cookies on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan, and then top with six to eight sliced bananas. Mix together 2 cups milk and a package of instant French-vanilla pudding mix using an electric mixer. Separately, stir together a 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add a 12-ounce package of whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture.
Stir together the cream cheese mixture and the pudding mixture until well blended. Pour the pudding over the bananas, and cover with remaining chessmen cookies. Refrigerate the pudding until it is time to serve.
For a banana pudding recipe without instant pudding mix, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan. Add in a whole egg and the yolks of three eggs, along with 2 cups milk. Cook the pudding for about 10 minutes until thickened, and then stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Layer pudding, vanilla wafers and banana slices, starting and ending with pudding. Top it with whipped cream or homemade meringue.