Banana pudding is made by combining vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, cookies and whipped topping in a bowl and chilling it before serving. For variety, use a different pudding flavor in place of vanilla.
A classic banana pudding starts with two 3.4-ounce packages of vanilla pudding. The pudding is whisked with 3 cups of cold milk for two minutes. Then, 3 to 4 sliced bananas are folded gently into the pudding. Vanilla wafer cookies are placed in a serving bowl, covering the bottom. A layer of pudding is added to cover the cookies. Another layer of cookies is placed on top of the pudding before another layer of pudding is added. The pudding is finished with a final layer of cookies and is then topped with whipped topping. The finished pudding should be chilled for 3 to 4 hours before serving to allow the cookies to soften and the flavors to blend.
Variations on the recipe include substituting different types of cookies, such as shortbread or butter cookies, for the vanilla wafers. Plain or honey graham crackers can also be substituted.
Banana pudding can be substituted for the vanilla pudding. A tub of whipped topping can be substituted for 1 cup of milk. Top with an additional tub of whipped topping.