BBQ on a Budget: No Fuss Banana Pudding

The final recipe for our frugal BBQ is a delicious dessert that is sure to wow your crowd! This banana pudding gets a jump-start from instant pudding mix. Double the pudding to fill a trifle dish for an impressive presentation. It tastes just as good as it looks, we promise! It’s whipped, light and airy with hearty chunks of crunchy cookies & banana bites. So refreshing on hot days!


No Fuss Banana Pudding
eMeals Plan: Dessert
Serves: 18
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1¾ cup milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box vanilla wafer cookies
  • 4 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together vanilla pudding and milk for 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  2. Whisk in sweetened condensed milk until combined.
  3. Add whipping cream and whisk until thick.
  4. Reserve 10 to 12 cookies for garnish.
  5. Layer about one-third of the banana slices and remaining cookies in the bottom of a serving dish.
  6. Cover with one-third of the pudding mixture.
  7. Repeat layers twice.
  8. Spread thawed whipped topping over top (if using).
  9. Crumble reserved cookies and sprinkle on top.

Make sure you also check out our Pork & Veggie Skewers with Ranch Barbecue Sauce & Easy Veggie Pasta Salad and make sure you let us know on our Facebook wall how your frugal BBQ goes!

5 thoughts on “BBQ on a Budget: No Fuss Banana Pudding

  1. Shelley Baker

    So I just tried to double the above recipe and have been whisking FOREVER! I didn’t find a 1.5 oz size pudding at the store. So I decided to get the 3.4 oz because I was planning on doubling the recipe anyway. After whisking for about 30 minutes without the mixture getting thick, we realized that maybe the size of the box on the recipe might be a typo. Maybe you meant 5.1 oz size??? Heading to the store for another box of pudding. Hopefully it will work.

    1. Heather Brown

      Sorry about that, Shelley. Yes, the larger size should help. Did it turn out ok for you? We’ve had lots of success-hope you enjoy!

  2. Danine Glascock

    I prepared this for a July 4th cookout and only a tiny bit was left – I felt especially good since someone else prepared a similar looking banana pudding trifle with angel food cake and marshmallows and they had a lot left. I did not find that it thickened very much either once I added the sweetened condensed mile and whipping cream. I gave up whisking and used the electric mixer. It still was not as thick as I would have liked. Next time I think I will let the pudding thicken more and whip the cream first, then fold it in. It was delicious, but definitely not light and airy as described. Also, the 1.5 ounce is the large box of instant pudding – I used sugar free. That size along with the listed ingredients filled my trifle bowl and served a crowd.

  3. Larry Johnson

    I tried the banana pudding recipe, but it came out too runny. I followed the recipe exactly (twice). Please help. I can’t figure out the problem. By the way, I love eMeals and I recommend it to everyone I know, whether or not they cook. 🙂

    1. Heather Brown

      Hi Larry,
      After you beat the cold milk into the instant pudding, it should be chilled briefly until its thickened. Then gently stir in the can of sweetened condensed milk.
      Then for sure results, try to beat the whipping cream to soft peaks first, and then gently fold it in to the pudding with a spatula.

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