Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter 

Whip up this delightful Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter, a perfect blend of creamy, nutty, and fruity flavors. It’s an easy and delicious dessert that combines the classic comfort of banana pudding with the rich taste of peanut butter, making it an instant favorite.

Why You Will Love Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter :

  1. Delicious Flavor Combo: The classic taste of banana pudding paired with the richness of peanut butter creates a mouthwatering dessert.
  2. Easy to Prepare: This is a simple and straightforward recipe that is perfect for quick dessert prep.
  3. Versatile: Great for any occasion, from family gatherings to potlucks.
  4. Kid-Friendly: A hit with both kids and adults alike.
  5. Gluten-Free Option: Using GF Nilla wafers, this recipe is good for those with gluten sensitivities.

Ingredients Needed To Make Banana Pudding

  • Instant banana pudding mix
  • Instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • Milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Bananas, sliced
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Nilla wafers

Variations & Substitutions

  1. Instant Pudding Mix:
    • Variation: Use different flavors like chocolate or butterscotch for a unique twist.
    • Homemade Option: Make your own custard from scratch if you prefer not using instant mixes.
  2. Milk:
    • Dairy-Free Substitute: Use coconut milk or cashew milk for a richer texture compared to almond milk.
    • Lactose-Free Option: Lactose-free milk can be used for those with lactose intolerance.
  3. Whipped Cream:
    • Homemade Whipped Cream: Make your own whipped cream with heavy cream and a sweetener for a fresher topping.
    • Dairy-Free Option: Use coconut whipped cream as a dairy-free alternative.
  4. Bananas:
    • Variation: Add more or less banana based on preference. Overripe bananas will be sweeter and softer.
  5. Peanut Butter:
    • Substitute: Almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter for those with peanut allergies.
    • Sugar-Free Option: Use a natural, unsweetened peanut butter to reduce sugar content.
  6. GF Nilla Wafers:
    • Non-GF Option: Use regular Nilla wafers if gluten isn’t a concern.
    • Alternative: Substitute with graham crackers or any other preferred cookie.
  7. Layering:
    • Variation: Change the order of layering or add more layers for a different presentation.
    • Add-Ins: Sprinkle chocolate chips, toffee bits, or crushed nuts between layers for added texture and flavor.
  8. Size of the Dish:
    • Individual Servings: Make individual servings in cups or small jars for a personalized touch.
  9. Pudding Consistency:
    • Thicker Pudding: Adjust the amount of milk for a thicker or thinner pudding consistency as desired.
  10. Sweetness Level:
    • Adjust to Taste: Increase or decrease the amount of sugar or sweet ingredients based on your sweetness preference.

How To Make Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter 

This is a fairly easy and simple recipe to make! Let’s dig in (no pun intended).

Pudding Mixture: In a bowl, whisk together the instant banana and French vanilla pudding mixes with milk until it thickens. Use a hand mixer for a smoother consistency if using dairy-free milk like oat milk.

Soften Peanut Butter: If the peanut butter is too thick, microwave it for about 10 seconds to make it creamier for drizzling.

Layering the Pudding:

Choose either an 8″x8″ deep or a 7″x10″ baking dish.

Start with a layer of Nilla wafers at the bottom.

Spoon half of the pudding mixture over the wafers.

Add a layer of sliced bananas.

Drizzle half of the peanut butter over the bananas.

Repeat the layers once more: Nilla wafers, pudding, bananas, and peanut butter.

Finish with a final layer of Nilla wafers on top.

Add Whipped Cream: Cover the top layer with whipped cream, spreading it evenly.

Refrigerate: Allow the pudding to sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving to let the flavors meld and the pudding to set.

Commonly Asked Questions

We know you have questions, and we’re here to answer them!

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, this dessert is perfect for making in advance. It’s recommended to prepare it the day before serving to ensure it sets properly in the fridge.

Can I omit nuts or raisins from the recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the recipe according to your taste or dietary preferences. You can omit nuts or raisins without significantly affecting the overall outcome.

Can I freeze Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter?

Yes, you can freeze this pudding. Make sure it’s properly covered to avoid freezer odors. For best taste and texture, consider freezing it without the whipped cream and add it after thawing.

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep well for several days while maintaining its quality and taste.

How can I prevent the bananas from browning?

To minimize browning, you can lightly toss the banana slices in lemon juice before adding them to the pudding. The lemon juice helps slow down the oxidation process.

Can I use a different type of milk in this recipe?

Yes, you can use various types of milk, such as whole milk, skim milk, or plant-based milks like almond, soy, or oat milk. The type of milk can change the richness and thickness of the pudding.

Can I use fresh whipped cream instead of store-bought?

Definitely! Freshly whipped cream can be used for a richer and fresher topping. Simply whip heavy cream with a bit of sugar until it forms stiff peaks.

Is it possible to make this dessert healthier?

To make a healthier version, you can use low-fat milk, reduce the sugar, and substitute a part of the whipped cream with Greek yogurt.

Can I add other fruits to this pudding?

Yes, you can add other fruits like strawberries or blueberries for additional flavors and textures.

Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter

Banana Pudding with peanut butter is the perfect fusion of two of my all-time favorite flavors. This dessert is sure to leave you wanting more.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 741kcal


  • 5.1 oz instant banana pudding mix
  • 3.4  oz instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 4  cups of milk
  • 8 oz whipped cream
  • 5 bananas sliced
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 11 oz GF nilla wafer


  • In a bowl add both instant puddings and the milk.
  • Whisk until thickened. (NOTE: if using a dairy free milk use oat/or thicker style milk, not almond and use a hand mixer on medium until thickened)
  • If the peanut butter is a thicker style place in the microwave for 10 seconds to make it creamy.
  • This will fit a 8″x8″ 3″ deep or a 7″x10″ baking dish.
  • Start with a layer of nilla wafer, spoon 1/2 of the pudding, add a layer of bananas, drizzle 1/2 of peanut butter, repeat the layers 1 more time, add a third layer of cookies and top with whipped cream.
  • Let’s sit in the refrigerator for 1 hr. before serving and enjoy!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 741kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 1mg
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