Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding (Paula Deen’s Recipe)

Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding is a crowd-pleaser and has been enjoyed by many. With layers of creamy, dreamy pudding, fresh bananas, and Chessmen cookies, this decadent Paula Deen dessert is a perfect balance of sweet and creamy goodness. So. Darn. Good.


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Have you ever enjoyed a dessert and then discovered that it’s so delicious that you have to go back to the fridge for another piece?? – THIS is that dessert.

Chessmen Banana Pudding is all the things that you want in a dessert. The simplicity of making it, the fact that it’s a no-bake dessert and perfect for those warm days when you don’t want to turn on the oven and the FLAVORS. Trust me on this one. You need this creamy banana pudding in your life 🙂 !!

Another great Paula Deen recipe that our family has fallen in love with. This is good eating at its very best and you will want to add this great recipe to your own personal cookbook!

Mama’s banana pudding is traditionally made with vanilla wafers, while ‘not yo’ mama’s’ is made with chessmen cookies. They are fun, tasty and they soften up perfectly as the pudding chills in the refrigerator.

This is hands-down the best banana pudding recipe ever!

Why You’ll Love Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding Recipe

  • easy no-bake dessert recipe that is perfect for family reunions, bridal or baby showers, holidays.
  • Minimal prep time and effort required.
  • crowd-pleasing and the whole family will love it!
Serving of banana pudding on a white plate with a fork.

If you love easy dessert recipes, next time try these:

Easy Peach Trifle Recipe

Cream Cheese Peach Cobbler

Cherry Pie Bars for a Crowd

Easy Fresh Peach Dump Cake

What’s in Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding Recipe?

This easy dessert is one of those recipes with simple ingredients that you can find in the grocery store.

Ingredients for Paula Deen's banana pudding on a marble board with text overlay.
  • 2 (7.25 ounces) bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 2 cups milk – you can use whole milk or regular milk, such as 2% milk
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix (regular vanilla pudding or French vanilla pudding)
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8-ounce ) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 (12-ounce) container cool whip whipped topping – you can also use whipping cream with a few teaspoons of sugar added and whip until thickened.
  • 6 – 8 medium bananas (sliced 1/2″ thick)*

Tip: You might want to buy a third bag of cookies in case some of cookies are broken in bag. If not, you could also use any broken cookies for th bottom layer of the dessert where they will be less noticeable.

How to Make Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding – Step by Step Instructions

You will need a 9x13x2-inch baking dish for this recipe. Not that it needs to be two inches deep to accomodate the thick, creamy filling.

You can find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. I’ve included photos and tips to help you make this recipe.

Vanilla pudding and milk in mixing bowl with hand mixer on the side.

Step 1 – In a large mixing bowl, using handheld mixer, combine milk and instant pudding mix.  Mix on low speed until combined and thickened, about two minutes. Set aside the pudding mixture.

Cream cheese and sweetened consdensed milk in medium-sized mixing bowl with hand mixer.

Step 2 – In a separate large bowl, combine softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Beat together on medium-high speed until no lumps remains and mixture is smooth.

Whipped cream mixture is added to pudding mixture with rubber spatula.

Step 3 – Gently fold in the Cool Whip, using a rubber spatula, just until combined. Try to use as few strokes as possible when mixing together.

ixed pudding mixture and whipping cream mixture in bowl.

Step 4 – Transfer to the bowl with the pudding and stir gently until completely combined.

Chessmen cookies in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Step 5 – Line bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with 1 bag of the cookies. You should be able to fit four rows by five rows in a 9×13-inch dish. Don’t worry if they don’t fit perfectly to the edges.

Sliced bananas on top of the chessman cookies in baking dish.

Step 6 – Top with banana slices in an even layer.

How do you keep bananas from turning brown in a banana pudding?

Tip: If you plan to serve this dessert more than 1 day later after making it, gently toss the bananas in 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice top stop the bananas from turning brown in the pudding layer. (Not an issue at all if you use fresh bananas and serve the dessert the next day only)!

Creamy mixture is spread on top of bananas in baking dish with rubber spatula.

Step 7 – Next, top the bananas with the whipped cream mixture and smooth out even with a rubber spatula.

Tip – Drop the mixture by heaping dollops in six sections, then gently spread out with a spatula. Dropping in sections makes it easier to get a nice evenly layer of the creamy filling.

Chessman cookies are evenly laid on top of the creamy filling.

Step 8 – Lastly, lay out the second bag of Chessmen cookies.
Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours (overnight is even better!)

Serving of banana pudding on a white plate with sliced bananas.

To serve: Scoop the banana pudding onto serving plates and enjoy!

Close up image of banana pudding that has a piece taken out of it in baking dish.

My Top Tips for making Chessmen Banana Pudding

The bananas will naturally change colors after one day of sitting in the fridge. This is a natural process and does not mean that the bananas have turned and is purely aesthetic. See my note on the recipe card to toss them in lemon juice to avoid browning.

Buy an extra bag of cookies in case you have broken cookies in the bag!

Do you have to refrigerate banana pudding?

Yes. Place banana pudding in the refrigerator for at least three hours before serving and store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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Slice of banana pudding on a white plate with sliced bananas and a fork.

Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding (Paula Deen’s Recipe)


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding is a crowd-pleaser and has been enjoyed by many. With layers of creamy, dreamy pudding, fresh bananas, and Chessmen cookies, this decadent Paula Deen dessert is a perfect balance of sweet and creamy goodness. 


Ingredients

2 (7.25 ounces) bags Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies

2 cups milk

1 (5.1 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding

1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (8-ounce ) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature

1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

68 medium bananas (sliced 1/2″ thick)*


Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using electric hand mixer, combine milk and instant pudding mix.  Mix on low speed until combined and thickened, about two minutes.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Beat together on medium-high speed until no lumps remains and mixture is smooth.
  3. Gently fold in the Cool Whip, using a rubber spatula, just until combined.
  4. Transfer to the bowl with the pudding and stir gently until completely combined.
  5. Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish with 1 bag of the cookies.
  6. Top with sliced bananas in an even layer.
  7. Next, top the bananas with the whipped cream mixture and smooth out even with a rubber spatula.
  8. Lastly, lay out the second bag of Chessmen cookies.
  9. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours (overnight is even better!)
  10. Scoop the banana pudding onto serving plates and enjoy!

Notes

*Note about bananas:  If you plan to serve this dessert more than 1 day later after making it, gently toss the bananas in 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice top stop the bananas from turning brown in the pudding layer. (Not an issue at all if you use fresh bananas and serve the dessert the next day only)!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill time: 3 hours
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

8 Comments

  1. This is easily one of the best desserts we have ever made! If you want something different to impress guests this banana pudding is it, so delicious.






  2. I love this recipe. Every time my family has a get together everyone wants me to bring the banana 🍌 pudding. This is everyone’s new favorite banana pudding.






  3. I got this recipe from a friend and it is delicious – my family’s favorite dessert. I layer it in a trifle dish so there are more layers. I save 4 cookies for the top so there is not a solid layer of cookies on the top. I have also substituted assorted berries for the bananas and it is very yummy. Love, love, love this recipe!!!






  4. This Banana pudding was a show stopper. Our family absolutely loved it. 😍
    My Bro in love wanted it again for his birthday. He is sold on it 😊






  5. I just got done making this for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. I hope it turns out good because mine wasn’t very fluffy like the one pictured. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼
    I’ll update later.






  6. I made this recipe today instead of my usual recipe and I tasted it and it’s delicious, now I have to wait for the families verdict 😊






  7. I made this but added 2 tsp of Danncy Mexican vanilla to the pudding. It makes it even better. It has to be the Danncy brand. I get asked by people to make it. So good






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