Best Banana Pudding Recipe in a Mason Jar

This banana pudding recipe is a twist on the classic dessert that just about everyone loves. While it’s typically made in a large bowl, it can also be made in individual mason jars for a fun and easy presentation.

This recipe is the best banana pudding I’ve ever had – it’s definitely worth trying!

banana pudding in mason jars

You know I LOVE easy recipes, especially when they can be served in a mason jar! Banana pudding is a family favorite and can be made ahead of time in a quick grab-and-go single serving.

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If you are also a fan of banana recipes, be sure to check out my banana bread cake with cream cheese frosting. Once you try this recipe, it will be your go-to for banana bread!

Why You’ll Love This Banana Pudding

  • Can make in advance 
  • Single size mason jar
  • Rich and creamy
  • Easily transportable
  • Simple ingredients
  • No-bake

Equipment Needed To Make Best Banana Pudding

Ingredients for Banana Pudding

  • 1 3.5 oz banana cream (if you want more of a banana flavor) or vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 c cold milk
  • 8 oz cool whip thawed
  • 2 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 c vanilla wafers crushed
  • 2 medium bananas sliced
ingredients for banana pudding

How to Make Banana Pudding

This is an especially rich and delicious banana pudding recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you make it in a large bowl or individual mason jars, it’s sure to be a hit!

Step 1. Whisk Pudding

In a large bowl add your instant banana pudding along with the milk. Whisk until smooth.

whisking milk and banana pudding

Step 2. Add Condensed Milk

Once the pudding has thickened, stir in the condensed milk (this is the secret ingredient that makes this the best banana pudding recipe).

adding condensed milk to pudding

Step 3. Add the Cool Whip

You want to gently fold in the cool whip in order to keep your banana pudding mixture thick.

folding in cool whip to pudding

It will blend into the yummiest creamy mixture.

adding bananas to pudding

Step 4. Add Bananas and Crush Vanilla Wafers


Next, add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers (these are so yummy inside the pudding) by folding them in.

adding crushed graham crackers to banana pudding

Looking good! You’ll be tempted to eat all the wafer crumbles straight from the bowl, but save some for the recipe!

graham crackers and bananas in pudding

Doesn’t this no-bake dessert look absolutely delicious? And, it can be enjoyed any time of year.

banana pudding in bowl


Store in an airtight container if not immediately serving.

easy banana pudding recipe in mason jars 

To serve, spoon into mason jars and then place extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top!

You could even add a dollop of cool whip topping in between the layers of banana pudding mixture.

close up of banana pudding

Are you ready to give this banana pudding recipe a try? There is a convenient recipe card below to make it even easier!

spoon dipped in banana pudding

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will banana pudding last in the fridge?

This dessert is best enjoyed within 1-2 days because the vanilla wafers will become soft.

Don’t forget to add a mason jar lid to your banana pudding to ensure the freshness of that first bite!

Can the banana pudding be frozen? 

Unfortunately no. It’s best eaten within a couple of days. Though it’s so delicious it probably won’t last that long!

Can I substitute a fat-free cool whip in place of a light cool whip?

Yes! But, I definitely recommend using the light cool whip instead of fat-free. There is not that much of a difference in the calories, especially in the mini mason jars. Fat-free cool whip is not as light and creamy.

Banana Pudding Recipe Variations

There are so many delicious ways to make banana pudding!

Here are a few more banana pudding recipe ideas:

  • For a chocolate twist, add some chocolate chips or cocoa powder to the pudding mixture.
  • Try using different types of milk for a richer or lighter pudding.
  • Add in some diced fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
  • Mix in a little bit of rum or bourbon for an adult twist.
  • Top with whipped cream, crushed cookies, or a sprinkle of cinnamon before serving.

Whatever way you make it, I hope you enjoy this classic comfort food!

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Best Banana Pudding in a Mason Jar

If you're looking for an easy and unique way to make banana pudding, then check out this recipe for the best banana pudding in a Mason jar! This dessert is perfect for parties or any special occasion.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 358 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3.5 oz banana cream (if you want more of a banana flavor) or vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 ½ cup cold milk
  • 8 oz cool whip thawed
  • 2 cans Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups vanilla wafers crushed
  • 2 medium bananas sliced

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl add your instant banana pudding along with the milk. Whisk until smooth.
  • Once the pudding has thickened, stir in the condensed milk followed by folding in the cool whip.
  • Add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers by folding them in.
  • Store in an airtight container if not immediately serving.
  • To serve, place extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 358kcal
Keyword banana pudding, easy desserts, mason jar desserts
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