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Easy banana pudding topped with meringue in a white oval baking dish

Quick Southern Banana Pudding

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


Rich and creamy banana pudding topped with meringue… ready in 30 minutes using an easy shortcut without sacrificing flavor.  A classic Southern dessert!


For the banana pudding:

  • 1 (5.1-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • (1) 12 ounce box vanilla wafers
  • 6 small or 4 large bananas

For the meringue:

  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat pudding mix, milk and half-and-half at low speed using an electric mixer until blended. Increase speed to medium and continue to beat until mixture is thickened (about 2-1/2 minutes).
  3. In a 2-1/2 quart baking dish, layer 1/4 of the vanilla wafers. Cover with 1/3 of the sliced bananas.
  4. Pour 1/3 of pudding over bananas. Repeat layers twice, ending with pudding.
  5. Place remaining vanilla wafers around edges of baking dish.
  6. Prepare the meringue by beating the egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed with a whisk attachment until foamy.
  7. Slowly add sugar while continuing to beat.  Beat until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.  Fold in vanilla.
  8. Spread meringue over pudding. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until peaks of meringue are golden brown.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy southern banana pudding, quick banana pudding