Banana Pudding Cups

These Banana Pudding Cups are the perfect individual treat for those who crave a classic banana pudding! These individual banana pudding cups feature creamy vanilla pudding, chunks of real bananas, and crunchy Nilla wafers.

banana pudding in a clear plastic cup with a bunch of bananas in the background

It’s an easy-to-make and delicious dessert that is sure to please everyone. Make it ahead of time or enjoy it right away-either way these individual cups are ideal for parties, potlucks, and hot summer days.

banana pudding in a clear plastic cup with a bunch of bananas in the background

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These individual Banana Pudding Cups are so easy to make, and they’re sure to be a hit with everyone!
  • Not only do they taste delicious but they’re also simple to whip up.
  • Plus, the combination of creamy vanilla pudding, chunks of real bananas, and crunchy wafers makes for one irresistible dessert.

🛒Ingredients

box of vanilla wafers, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, bananas, vanilla pudding mix, vanilla extract, and milk

You only need a few simple ingredients to help you make this individual-sized recipe. All of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery and budget-friendly so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of money to make this dessert.

  • cold milk
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • heavy whipping cream
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • bananas
  • Nilla Wafer cookies

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make These Banana Pudding Cups

Making these easy personal-sized dessert cups is so simple. Just follow the step-by-step directions below and you will have a classic dessert to share with your friends and guests in no time at all.

vanilla pudding being whisked in a green mixing bowl

Step 1: Make the pudding

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the cold milk with the instant vanilla pudding until thickened. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until needed.

homemade whipped cream in a green mixing bowl being stirred with a green spoon

Step 2: Make the whipped cream

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form. 

pudding and bananas being layered on a dark baking sheet

Step 3: Start layering the cups

Set 6 plastic 9-ounce punch cups on the counter or a cookie sheet. Place banana slices along the bottom of each cup around the sides so they are visible outside the cup. And, then scoop ¼ cup of the vanilla pudding into the bottom of each cup and spread out so the banana slices are fully covered.

pudding and vanilla wafers being layered in small plastic cups

Step 4: Finish the layers

Place 4-5 Nilla Wafers in the cup on top of the pudding layer, but position the cookies facing out so each round cookie is visible through the sides of the cups. And then, scoop ¼ cup of the whipped cream into the cups and smooth out so the Nilla Wafers are fully covered with the whipped cream.

pudding cups being garnished with a slice of banana, a vanilla wafer, and a dollop of whipped cream

Step 5: Garnish the cups

Divide the remaining vanilla pudding evenly into each cup. And, then top with a dollop of whipped cream and a Nilla Wafer for garnish. If serving immediately, add a slice of banana for garnish as well.

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Cookies: Swap out the Nilla Wafers for graham crackers, chessman cookies, or gingersnaps.
  • Pudding: Add a layer of chocolate pudding in between the vanilla pudding layers.
  • Garnishes: Top with chopped nuts, toasted coconut, or mini chocolate chips.

If you love Banana Pudding you may also enjoy these Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bars. They are sweet, creamy and so refreshing.

banana pudding in a clear plastic cup with a bunch of bananas in the background

🥄 Equipment

You only need a few simple kitchen tools to help you make these no-bake banana pudding cups. So, pull out these fun tools and you will enjoy this refreshing treat in no time at all.

  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 6 plastic 9-ounce punch cups

🥫 Storage

These individual banana pudding cups can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. If you are making them ahead of time, we recommend wrapping each cup in plastic wrap and then storing them on a baking sheet in the fridge.

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect banana pudding cups!

  • Make sure the pudding is chilled before adding it to the cups. You want to be fully set so that it makes the vanilla wafers soggy.
  • Use ripe bananas for extra sweetness.
  • We don’t recommend using paper cups for this dessert. Plastic or glass works best.
  • Feel free to add more or less whipped cream to suit your tastebuds.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Should banana pudding be kept in the fridge or freezer?

It should be kept in the refrigerator. We don’t recommend freezing it.

Can I make banana pudding ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it up to 24 hours in advance and have it ready to go for your party.

Can I double this recipe?

Absolutely, if you are feeding a crowd feel free to double or triple this recipe.

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🧾Recipe Card

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Banana Pudding Cups

These Banana Pudding Cups are a great way to turn this classic dessert recipe into individual-sized portions for your parties.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Cups
Calories: 602kcal

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • 6 plastic 9-ounce punch cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 large bananas peeled and sliced
  • 36 Nilla Wafer cookies

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the cold milk with the instant vanilla pudding until thickened. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until needed.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and the vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Set 6 plastic 9-ounce punch cups on the counter or a cookie sheet. Place banana slices along the bottom of each cup around the sides so they are visible outside the cup.
  • Scoop ¼ cup of the vanilla pudding into the bottom of each cup and spread out so the banana slices are fully covered.
  • Place 4-5 Nilla Wafers in the cup on top of the pudding layer, but position the cookies facing out so each round cookie is visible through the sides of the cups.
  • Scoop ¼ cup of the whipped cream into the cups and smooth out so the Nilla Wafers are fully covered with the whipped cream.
  • Divide the remaining vanilla pudding evenly into each cup.
  • Top with a dollop of the whipped cream and a Nilla Wafer for garnish. If serving immediately, add a slice of banana for garnish as well.

Notes

  • Because the bananas will brown, this recipe is best made and eaten the same day. But it can be covered and kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Banana lovers may wish to add more sliced bananas to the layers.
  • The pudding usually used for banana pudding is actually vanilla. But banana flavored pudding mix can be used instead if preferred.
Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1323IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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