The Best Banana Pudding (Trifle) Recipe

You need to try our best banana pudding (trifle) recipe! It is extremely delicious and creamy made with cream cheese and pudding mix. This is a favorite family dessert recipe that you do not want to miss!
The Best Banana Pudding (Trifle) Recipe

If you are looking for a creamy, tasty, and easy dessert, then our best banana pudding (trifle) recipe is the one you are looking for! I normally have everything on hand I need for this recipe, so when I am in a pinch I can make it in no time. 

The Best Banana Pudding (Trifle) Recipe

Sometimes I even have my kids help me make it for a fun thing to do in the afternoon, and then the kids love to enjoy their work for a treat after dinner. This easy banana pudding recipe is a great dessert for after dinner. 

For this trifle recipe, you will need fresh bananas, so it is a great recipe to make when your bananas need to be used up. Not to mention this is the best banana pudding recipe you will find, so make sure to pin this one!

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Ingredients for The Best Banana Pudding (Trifle) Recipe

Ingredients Needed For Our Best Banana Pudding (Trifle) Recipe:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Cold milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Frozen whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla wafer cookies

How To Make Our Best Banana Pudding (Trifle) Recipe:

In a large mixing bowl beat the softened cream cheese with a hand or stand mixer until the cream cheese is nice and fluffy. 

Pudding Mixture in Mixing Bowl

Then, add in the sweetened condensed milk, dry vanilla pudding mix, cold milk, and the vanilla extract. 

Mix everything together until they are completely combined and smooth. There should not be any chunks. 

Cool whip folded into the Pudding Mixture in Mixing Bowl

Now, fold in half of the thawed Cool Whip until it is well combined with the pudding mixture. 

Nilla wafers lining the bottom of trifle dish

In your trifle bowl, line the bottom of it with vanilla wafers. 

NOTE: If you don’t have a trifle bowl, you can always use a 9×13 inch pan too, it will work just the same!

Layer Bananas on top of nilla wafers in trifle dish

Next, put a layer of sliced bananas on top of the wafers. 

Pudding layer on top of bananas and nilla wafers in trifle dish

Then, carefully spread half of the Cool Whip and pudding mixture over top of the sliced bananas. 

Repeat layers in trifle dish nilla wafers, bananas, pudding

When you are done with the pudding layer, begin with the vanilla wafers and repeat the layers. (Vanilla wafer, sliced bananas, pudding mix.)

After you complete the last round of layers, spread the remaining Cool Whip on top of the last pudding layer. 

The Best Banana Pudding (Trifle) Recipe

Then, if you want to be super fancy, you can crush up some of the remaining vanilla wafers and sprinkle those on top! 

When you are all done, place the trifle in the fridge and let it chill for 2 hours in the fridge before serving it.

The Best Banana Pudding (Trifle)

To Make The Trifle Recipe You Will Need:

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. Trifle bowl (THIS is a great one!)
  3. Hand or stand mixer
  4. Spatula
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So You Don’t Have Any Vanilla Wafers?

With kids in my house, having vanilla wafers is almost a given, however if you do not have any in your house, you can either buy some, make some, or find a suitable substitute. 

The Gourmet Slueth has a list you can work off for vanilla wafer substitutes if you want to go that route in order to get this delicious recipe made quickly. 

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You need to try our best banana pudding (trifle) recipe! It is extremely delicious and creamy made with cream cheese and pudding mix. This is a favorite family dessert recipe that you do not want to miss!
Prep Time
30 minutes
Chill Time
2 hours
Total Time
2 hours 30 minutes

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  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 5 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix 1 box
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed and divided
  • 8 bananas sliced
  • 12 ounces vanilla wafers cookies


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add in condensed milk , dry pudding mix, cold milk, and vanilla and mix until completely combined and smooth.
  • Fold in half of the Cool Whip.
  • Line the bottom of a trifle bowl with vanilla wafers.
  • Top wafers with a layer of sliced bananas.
  • Spread half of pudding mixture on top of bananas.
  • Repeat layers with remaining vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding.
  • Spread remaining Cool Whip on top.
  • If desired, sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers on top.
  • Chill for 2 hours before serving.


  • If you don’t have a trifle bowl, you can layer this in 9×13” pan and it will still work great!
  • This is best if made and enjoyed on the same day.


Calories: 470 kcal
Carbohydrates: 77 g
Protein: 9 g
Fat: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 9 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 28 mg
Sodium: 360 mg
Potassium: 577 mg
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 55 g
Vitamin A: 356 IU
Vitamin C: 8 mg
Calcium: 209 mg
Iron: 1 mg


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Trifle Bowl
  • Hand or Stand Mixer
  • spatula

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