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Southern-Style Banana Pudding Cups

These super easy banana pudding cups are such a delicious classic and popular dessert. Made with layers of creamy vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and a homemade whipped cream, they’re the perfect sweet and decadent treat for your next barbecue or any occasion.

Glass cups of banana pudding layered with homemade whipped cream, banana slices, and vanilla wafers.

🍌 What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • These banana pudding cups are incredibly easy to make! They require minimal ingredients, no cooking, and can be assembled in just a few minutes. Sweet, creamy, and simply delicious.
  • They’re the perfect dessert for any gathering. The individual-sized cups can be made in advance, and kept refrigerated until ready to serve. They look beautiful and everyone will absolutely love them.

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • While this recipe is a very classic version of this favorite dessert, you can totally switch it up a bit and customize it to your liking. Replace the vanilla pudding with a different flavor, drizzle some nut butter or chocolate syrup on top or even add extra fruit that compliment bananas well, like fresh strawberries.
  • We’re making a super easy homemade whipped cream made with only heavy cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. But if you’re short on time, or want to make this recipe even easier, store-bought whipped cream would word too.
  • You’ll want to stick to fresh bananas for this recipe. Frozen bananas are great to have on hand to throw in smoothies, but bananas turn brown pretty easily, so fresh is best for the presentation of the pudding cups.
Top-down view of banana pudding cups topped with whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafers.

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Glass cups of banana pudding layered with homemade whipped cream, banana slices, and vanilla wafers.

Southern-Style Banana Pudding Cups

These banana pudding cups are made with layers of creamy vanilla pudding, mini vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and an easy homemade whipped cream.


  • medium mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • large mixing bowl
  • hand mixer
  • 8 small serving cups


For the Pudding

For the Homemade Whipped Cream

For the Banana Pudding Cups


For the Pudding

  • Add to medium mixing bowl, then add .
  • Whisk ingredients vigorously until fully combined, approximately 2 minutes. Once combined, place bowl in refrigerator and let pudding chill 15 minutes or until set.

For the Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Add , , and to large mixing bowl (or stand mixer bowl).
  • Use hand mixer or stand mixer to beat together ingredients 60 to 90 seconds or until stiff peaks form. Note: begin with mixer on low speed for 5 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high.

To Assemble the Banana Pudding Cups

  • Place layer of sliced bananas in bottom of each serving cup. Top banana layer with spoonful of vanilla pudding, covering bananas as completely as possible.
  • Top pudding layer with even layer of mini vanilla wafers, then top wafers with dollop of whipped cream. Spread whipped cream to cover wafers completely if possible.
  • Repeat layers of sliced bananas, vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, and whipped cream until all ingredients have been used. Top layer of each pudding cup should be whipped cream.
  • Garnish pudding cups with additional banana slices and dusting of crushed vanilla wafers if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Whipped Cream: Feel free to use store-bought whipped cream instead of making your own! Homemade whipped cream would cost approximately $3.70 in ingredients, and a 6.5-ounce can of whipped cream would cost approximately $3.00.
  • Wafers: Mini vanilla wafers fit nicely in the small cups, but regular size wafers would work well, too!

Recipe costs provided are approximate. Actual cost per recipe & serving will vary by location, store, brand, etc. Approximate cost shown does not include costs for any optional ingredients.


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Nutrition Disclaimer

Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. (ausoma.org) Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used. To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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