Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery New York

One of the best memories from my New York trip last year was going to Magnolia Bakery. I liked it so much that I ended up going there twice. One of the desserts that I bought was their famous Banana Pudding.

This was in a small ice cream tub and didn’t look like anything special at all. While I was waiting in line to get their famous Red Velvet Cupcake, I noticed that the shop assistant kept taking trays and trays out of this Banana Pudding.

I decided to buy one. A small tub was $4.50US. I thought this was really cheap since they give you a small tub that can feed 2 people. The first spoon full nearly knocked me off my feet. How could something so unattractive taste so darn good? It was creamy, sweet and addictive.

So folks, here is the recipe for Magnolia’s famous Banana Pudding.

Magnolia's Famous Banana Pudding


1 can sweetened condensed milk
1½ cups ice cold water
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups thickened cream
1 box Nabisco Nilla Wafers crushed (I couldn’t find these so I used Digestive Biscuits instead)
4 cups ripe mashed bananas


1. In a small bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined. Add the pudding mix and beat well. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight, before continuing with the rest of the method

2. In a large bowl, whip the thickened cream until stiff peaks form

3. To assemble the dessert, layer crushed biscuits, custard, mashed banana, cream and continue until you reach the top of the glass.

4. Chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Some of the ingredients in this recipe are really difficult to find in Australia so I have used Digestive Biscuits instead of the Nilla Wafers and Cottees Vanilla Pudding instead of the Jelly O brand.

FFichiban (March 15, 2010)  

I think these look great! Like a parfait mmmmm

Emma @CakeMistress (March 15, 2010)  

Thanks for sharing. I love an ooey gooey pudding :)

♥peachkins♥ (March 15, 2010)  

These look great! and I imagined they taste quite refreshing!

Anabel Nieuwen –  (March 16, 2010)  

Holy crap! That looks amazing.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef (March 16, 2010)  

Looks delicious. I've always been curious about that instant pudding mix stuff. I remain curious, and a little scared to use it but this looks too good not to try.

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) (March 16, 2010)  

Good looking pudding!! Love Magnolia bakery :)

Betty (March 16, 2010)  

wow id love to try this - how many servings did you end up with?

Trissa (March 16, 2010)  

Wow Kath - that does look sooo yummy! I have never heard of this banana pudding before! I've been missing a lot.

Yen@Foodforfour (March 16, 2010)  

That is one delicious and good looking pudding.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella (March 16, 2010)  

I'm SO trying this Kath! I had banana pudding at south restaurant in Neutral Bay and loved it so much. Nilla wafers can sometimes be found at USA foods but they're often out :(

Chef Aimee (March 17, 2010)  

I received the Magnolia cookbook for my birthday this year and have not made anything yet - I think this will be the first thing I do! Lovely!

billy@atablefortwo (March 17, 2010)  

looks very decadent and luscious! condensed milk, thickened cream, vanilla pudding! I think I am having a heart attack!

MaryMoh (March 18, 2010)  

That's a beautiful pudding. I would love to try it. Looks too good to resist. Thanks for sharing.

Asha @ FSK (March 18, 2010)  

Interesting, I haven't had their banana pudding. They are known for their cupcakes which I am not a fan of. Should try their pudding.. Or perhaps, I'll make it myself!! ;-))

cupcakexgirl (March 18, 2010)  

That looks delicious, my mouth is positively watering. I want some now!!

Sophie (March 19, 2010)  

Waw!! that banana pudding looks so luscious & fab too!

MMMMMMM,...what's not to love???

Amy @ cookbookmaniac (March 20, 2010)  

Nice One Katherine! It looks amazing! Too bad the boy has an aversion to banana. He won't go anywhere near me for days if he found out I ate one!

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Jane (March 01, 2012)  

Thank you so much for sharing this! I got home from a holiday in New York last week and have suddenly been struck with a Banana Pudding craving! All other recipes online have US products, so thanks for giving some Aussie alternatives. I'm off to the supermarket right NOW. xxx

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