Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
30 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
Directions
  • Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

  • In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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This is the best banana pudding item not reviewed by moderator and published
Must I completely wait till the whipped topping thaw out or can I just mix it in with the other ingredients and it'll be fine?? I don't want to come this far and mess this up. I didn't realized the whipped topping needed to be thawed out first.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe but how do you keep the bananas from turning brown? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I HATED banana pudding until this recipe.  It is  absolutely amazing!!!<div><br /></div><div>I use regular shortbread cookies to layer and Chessman comes for the top.  </div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making this for years every Thanksgiving. My friends and family love it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I got this recipe from my neice &amp; made it in 2013.  It was soooo delicious.  For those that can't have or don't like bananas, omit them, that's what I did for my banana hating sister.  Everyone loved that one the best.  Either one or both will be a hit.  Thank you item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is a hit when ever I take it to  an event. It is always the first dessert gone. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe, Ms. Deen you are truly divine and Southern fried. item not reviewed by moderator and published
not yo momas banana pudding my mother in law makes the BEST BANANA PUDDING this side of the Mississippi River....cant wait to knock her socks off with my SHOWSTOPPER! Out with ole n with new!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love this recipe... I thought it would be too sweet, but it was perfect. I do add my own twist ;-) ... down here in Tennessee a lot of people claim to make the best banana pudding, but when they try this they take it back. I remember when my brother first tried this. He turned to his wife and said .... "your mother makes good banana pudding, but sorry my sister's beats her's." I was very happy, at the same time very sad for my sister-in-law.... sorry sis. I will be making this for my family reunion up north.  They have never tried this type of banana pudding and they are in for a treat. Can't wait.  Thank you Paula... much love. ❤ item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe!!! I just sub real whipped cream for cool whip!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this and left it in the fridge overnight to bring out the texture and flavors. Ate next day with the fam and we all loved it!!!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely the best! Sometimes I make it with nutter butter cookies.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Paula's "Not Your Momma's Banana Pudding" I make it for potlucks and parties and its ALWAYS a hit. THANKS PAULA DEEN, YOUR THE BEST! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Greatest banana dessert ever!!!  Love you, Paula!  Wish you were back on FoodNetwork!!  You are terrific!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
<p>So Good! And easy to make! My co-workers fell in love! They said now its my Pot Luck go to!</p><p><br /></p><p>I feel it taste so much like banana cream pie! that's why I like it.</p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my all time favorite.  I thought growing up with all my family was lot elderly  I knew how to cook banana pudding   This recipe is the best  I just wish I got to share it with the rest of my family. Now that I am all grown up    So I share it with my kids a grand children and they love it.  I know if my parents were alive and twin brothers and my aunt and uncle they would had ramped on and on over this bannana pudding recipe  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this a day ago and it's so good. I cut my sugar by using sugar free banana cream jello pudding and cool whip free, and it still tastes rich and decadent.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! It's a hit with my family. Has anyone tried it with lemon pudding? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times.  I have an alteration I'll mention, but first I'd like to say there is a reason it's called "not yo mama's".  It's a very different taste.  I DON'T like traditional banana pudding.  I don't hate it, I just find it bland and boring.<div><br /></div><div>I prefer the banana cream cooked pudding, but it is trickier. <div><div><br /></div><div>I just cook the pudding like it says on the box except with less milk (the box says 3, but I follow this recipe and use 2 cu.) If I notice it is too runny after adding the cream cheese mixture, I cook it again.  I don't always have to cook it again, but I think when I don't it's because I don't use as much milk and cream.  </div><div><br /></div><div>Whether you use my way or the original, I recommend making sure the pudding is setting properly at room temperature before adding it to the bananas and especially cookies (which can get soggy).  Don't just assume refrigeration will fix it.</div></div></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy!  I've made this dish several times and it's always a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe 8 times or more and every time I make it....people love it. Even people who are not crazy about banana pudding ask for more! One of my favorite recipes that is super easy to make.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy to make and delicious..!! The best banana pudding I've ever had or made.. The first time I made it, it barely lasted 2 days in my house.. I just made another batch to bring to dinner.. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
All I can say is WOW!  I made this dessert for our family Christmas dinner and it was amazing. First, it's so easy and quick to make and second the flavors are complex enough to make folks think that it's far more difficult to make than it is.  To a person, everyone at the table declared this dessert wonderful.  I only made two minor tweaks - I followed the recipe exactly except for the cookie layer on top, I ran the cookies through the food processor to make more of graham cracker type crumbs and spread those over the top.  Finally, to dress it up a bit, shortly before serving I added a merengue top over the cookie crumbs.  The browned peaks that formed made this an elegant looking dessert.  Even my picky daughter who says she hates bananas ate two helpings.  I did make the dessert (without the crumb topping and merengue) the night before and the textures and the way the flavors worked together were perfect. If you need a simple, elegant dessert, this should go right to the top of your list! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the moms at my daughter's basketball team's holiday party brought this.  AMAZING!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and my husband loved it!! I took it to a friends house for thanksgiving and my husband grabbed bowl and took what was left home and finished it off that night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! Very easy to make using few ingredients. Taste just like the original time consuming banana pudding. My family loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Definitely a hit with my family item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so awesome!  Every time we have a family gathering, they request I bring this!!  Everyone loves it!  Best banana pudding in the world!!  Try it, y'all!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time! Everyone loves it and now expects me to bring it to all family events! It's amazing!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super yummy..y'all =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this a few times and it is definitely a crowd pleaser!  I do have a question: Is there any problem w making it on Tuesday and serving it on Thanksgiving?  My sister seems to think the chessman cookies would get soggy and the bananas would discolor. I I disagree but would like to know for sure. PLS HELP!  Happy holidays!  :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this for work potlucks for years, I always get the best compliments and requests. It is so easy, the only difference I do is use 2 (3.4 ounce) boxes of the French Vanilla pudding, because I can never find the bigger box, but that only makes it taste even richer. People who normally do not like banana pudding like this, it is easy and delicious! I think it tastes even better if it sits overnight. item not reviewed by moderator and published
0So easy and goof item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times. I like to use french vanilla pudding but I can only find 3.4oz boxes so I use two and add a bit more milk. I'm not a nila wafer fan so I like this cookie variation. I have one chilling in the fridge now. Yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
Will have to try this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Must try.. But I must add this lil note. When u guys make this the next time. Put you all some strawberries n the batter. I promise it is delicious. When I make my regular banana pudding,I put strawberries n it. It's called strawberry banana pudding.  It is  D. E. L. I. C. I. O. U. S.. Try it.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this banana pudding . found the same recipe from another site with vanilla wafers &amp; it was AWESOME!!!! I highly recommend this recipe A MUST TRY!!!! ❤❤❤❤ item not reviewed by moderator and published
How well will this dessert stay?  I want to make it today for dessert tomorrow night.<div><br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter's friend mentioned this recipe to her.  But she thought it used Milano cookies instead of the Chessman.  I used the Chessman on the bottom and topped with Milano then covered with the remaining pudding.  We haven't eaten it yet, it's just gone into the fridge.  Excited to try and know we will love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this mistake before. Turns out I wasn't using INSTANT pudding but was using COOK AND SERVE pudding. I'm unsure if that's what happened but I found out that was my mistake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very delicious. The only thing I change was that I used 1 box of White Chocolate (3.3 oz) and 1 box of French Vanilla (3.4 oz).  item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt to make banana pudding. It was so easy to make and my husband literally moaned while he was eating it saying it was the best stuff ever!  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't think I liked banana pudding until I tried this! Delicious! I followed the recipe except substituted vanilla wafers for the c<span>hessmen cookies.</span> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy and out of this WORLD good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is incredible, but once you start making it, people will never let you stop. I have to make this for every function I am invited to; this and my peach cobbler. It can get a bit expensive but I think it is well worth it to how much people enjoy and talk about it. There are never any leftovers even if I do a double batch. This is the only one I ever make now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I definitely didn't see that it called for 2 cups of milk so luckily I just kept adding some in until it looked okay! I personally don't like whipped toppings so I left it out and it was still very rich and yummy! I'm gonna try this with chocolate pudding to and maybe strawberry to make a cheesecake like dessert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pudding has been a tradition with my family for 3 years now. We LOVE it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was awesome!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is rediculously good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My all time fave, but what am I doing wrong? I have made this dish at least 10 times and each time following the recipe exactly I have very runny and messy pudding that does not firm up even after overnight in the fridge. I think the 2 cups of milk combined with the can of condensed milk is too much liquid for one 5 oz box of pudding mix. Everyone loves it and asks for the recipe but the presentation is ruined by this. This last time I actually used 3-3.4 oz of boxes of pudding and used 1 cup milk (instead of the 2 cups) for each box and finally this pudding was just the right consistency. From reading the reviews it appears my situation is a rarity but can't figure this one out especially following the directions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loved it!!! Recipe was so easy and such a hit. Its so creamy and delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made 2 pans of this last night and my family LOVED it! I was so happy because I tried to make it once before a few years ago and flopped. lol. This recipe was soooo easy. Will be making it again for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A coworker made this for our Thanksgiving potluck and it was AMAZING! Tastes just like Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding from NYC. I'll be making this for Christmas for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best banana pudding recipe by far. I use nilla wafers instead and its always a hit! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my wife made this for me and wow.......... I would of never thought it would taste so great! thanks paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this banana pudding.The only thing I do different is use vanilla wafers..thanks Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now my "go to" banana pudding recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding. Haha i love the name. And this is so very good!! Yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this the night before a dinner party - following the recipe exactly (though doubling it). It was a total hit with multiple people asking for a piece to take home (and the recipe). It was even better for breakfast the day after the party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best damn banana pudding I ever had. I got rave reviews and I used Lorna Doone cookies and Chessman cookies item not reviewed by moderator and published
One dessert I crave from time to time is banana pudding, especially in the summer. This is THE ONE!! One alteration I've made is that I use chunked up (aggression with the rolling pin!) chocolate almond biscotti instead of the cookies. Regardless of the cookies, this is scrumptious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
his recipe was amazing it was gone in 1 day. I added a layer of crumbled entenmann's pound cake on top of the pudding AMAZING I will be makeing this again item not reviewed by moderator and published
Uhmm this looook sooooooo good ! you are a great cook Lord Help ME ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
love this recipe,but it is best to freeze it, its hard enough to remind you of ice cream but just soft enough to still cut it. Freezing it is the only way me and my family eat it now, and its especially great in the summer. perfect cold treat to a hot summer day item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pudding is awesome and so easy to make. Sometimes I find "seasonal" Chessman cookies i.e. Xmas &amp; Easter! You can't go wrong!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my all time favorite recipes. My fiancé does not like bananas in his pudding so I leave them out and everyone still loves it. I usually just slice me up a banana and put on top of my servings I eat. It is a very simple and delicious recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!!! Always a winner.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome dessert -everyone loves it! It disappears too quickly though. Even people who say they don't like banana pudding seem to love it. Easy to make - must refrigerate overnight though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Going to make this for a potluck at work. It is better to make the night before so it can sit or do you recommend make it the day of? I don't want the cookies to be all mushy. Any thoughts? item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was awesome and easy ant the Chessman Cookies looked really cute item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is fantastic but next time I will just use the Nila Wafers. Thank you so much for the recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was oh so good and so easy to make. I was hesitant at first to make it because of the reviews that said it was too sweet -- my husband does not do too sweet. However, he was declaring how good it was before he even had a full piece -- he scraped the pudding bowl clean. My sister (a true size 0), who watches her sweet intake, not only ate a large piece but did something she never does -- took a very large piece home with her. The recipe says it yields 12 servings, it yields much more than that (unless you eat extremely large servings). I served 9 people and we had more than half the pan left. Although everyone loved the use of the Chessman cookies, I think next time I'll try vanilla wafers just to see the difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making the recipe for years and it always gets rave reviews. I prefer the mini nilla wafers to the chessman cookies because the are easier to eat. I've also changed it up and used chocolate pudding with mini oroes or nutter butters, Just before serving I add a fresh layer of cookies and bananas to the top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making this for about 5 years now. It tastes like a banana cream pie, but maybe even better. You really can't go wrong here item not reviewed by moderator and published
My granddaughters and grandson teamed up to make this tasty, satisfying pudding. One of your best!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best banana pudding I've ever put in my mouth! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an absolute show stopper. I have made this for countless parties and family gatherings and it always gets the same response. Awesome!! The difference in this recipe and the normal banana cream recipes is the Chessman cookies. They are buttery vs. vanilla and that 's what makes it special. People call me all the time for this recipe...it is truly delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! Like HEAVEN in your mouth! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG the best I have ever tasted! I can't believe someone would compare this to store-bought. Desserts are sweet, so if too sweet, eat a smaller portion. Look at the ingredients...Hello, very rich, but awesomely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I guess I expected an amazing banana pudding but I was highly disappointed. Too much filling, too sweet, not much better than a store bought banana pudding in my opinion. I much prefer the Nilla wafer recipe to this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love, love, love this. I had it 3 times at work and made it Christmas. Everyone loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OH MY! This is divine! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best pudding ever! I soaked the bananas in lemon juice to combat browning. I added them in the pudding and in the layers along with pineapples i layered 3 times on last layer I covered the cookies with pudding pineapples and strawberries. Pure bliss! Wow Paula Dean you never fail me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful banana pudding. I was leery of changing from vanilla wafers to the chessman cookies with my picky bunch but they loved it!! I didn't use all the Eagle Brand milk and I used vanilla and banana cream pudding and used heavy whipping cream instead of the frozen stuff. I almost made myself sick and my husband requested I get it out of the house before he gets sick LOL This is a keeper!! My son who I've never been able to get to try banana pudding had the pan and a spoon and finished the last of it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A coworker made this for our christmas luncheon yesterday, it was amazing, i plan on making my own for my family christmas next week...so surprised at how easy it sounds, it was fluffy, light, and amazing...and this is coming from a banana pudding expert!! lol...one thing i might do differently is have some bananas in the mix and not just layered on the cookies, but thats just me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe and i love the woman who made it! thanks mama paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
The whole family loved it! Thanks Paula for another great recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! Did you save your BoxTops for education? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always thought I didn't like banana pudding until I tried this recipe last CHRISTMAS. It is super easy, very yummy, and everyone loved it at my dinner party. Making it again this Christmas! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super amazing my mother in law made it for me and it is to die for i love it so much i can take out the whole pan by myself lol new favorite of all time :P item not reviewed by moderator and published
So rich, flavor is wow! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummmmmmy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this Banana Pudding!! I have made this three times for my family and they simply love it. My aunt who is the best chef in our family stalked me for three weeks until I sent her this recipe and My daughter just called me to ask if i could make one for her financees bday on next week.... this will always be one or our family favorites.. I hope you enjoy it as much as We do. the only suggestion would be to add more cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son and I made this tonight. It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely D E L I C I O U S ! This is "THE" best banana pudding we've ever had. I've made it twice, EXACTLY AS WRITTEN (hence the true 5-stars), and it's to "DIE FOR" says my husband who is lactose intolerant, lol. You never disappoint us Paula Deen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Deeeeeeelish!! I've made This recipe twice the first time I made it I use condense milk by Carnation came out perfectly. The second time I made this I use condensed milk by Eagle Brand (Borden) it was extremely sweet I am not sure if this makes a difference. But this is a great all around favorite dessert to have on the table. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh My God! Sooooo good. The only thing I can add to this recipe is to advise you to let it set in the fridge for awhile to let the cookies soften up. I even covered the top layer of cookies with pudding for 2 reasons, to soften them up faster and to hide the secret ingredient from inquiring minds. The chess cookies are a giveaway. I ate my the next day after it sat in the fridge overnight and it was beyond delicious. My diet is ruined item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish and very easy to make!! I've been making it for several years now and it never fails!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Use  Lemon juice. Cut the bananas up then dip them in the lemon juice, do not let them soak in the juice. This keeps the bananas from turning brown but I don't like the slight lemon taste of the bananas.  Do a taste test first. Hope this helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
 Use lemon juice to keep the bananas from turning brown. Cut the bananas up dip them in the juice do not let them soak in the lemon juice. I do not like the slightlemon taste that the bananas get. I suggest  doing a taste test first. Hope this helps. Hope is not a duplicate I've been trying to post this twice.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did you end up with a lot of mixture? I think i did something wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
She is correct..  item not reviewed by moderator and published
It will last about 3-4 day's. Anything after that it will grow legs.  I have made this recipe about 6 times if you make it the night before the cookies will be soft the next day it will almost have the consistency of an ice cream cake. Super Yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
We make this all the time it's great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We don't use as many bananas as it calls for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's because you didn't pay attention to the OZ. of the pudding pack. The recipe calls for a single 5 oz pack of powdered pudding, not the new 3.4 oz packs. So use 1 + 1/2 packs of pudding for the 2 cups of milk and you'll get the right consistency. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well said and this is the best ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Are you folding the whipped cream in as oppose to mixing or blending it because folding it in allows it to keep its volume. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only use Lorna Doone cookies! Everybody loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last week and it was just as good the next day and even the day after that. Save yourself some trouble and make it the night before. If you want the cookies on top to be super-fresh, you could always just add that layer in the morning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
STFU item not reviewed by moderator and published

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