Easy Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Trifle

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A YUMMY layered nilla wafer banana pudding trifle dessert!
A nilla wafer fan’s favorite dessert!! Creamy and rich, perfect for a party and can also be served in personal size dishes.

finished nilla banana pudding trifle

How fun is this dish! Not only is it eye-catching, but it’s a breeze to put together. Get the little ones involved, they’ll enjoy building this as much as they will eating it!

How to make a Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Trifle

Gathering your ingredients

Cream cheese (softened) – Full fat and softened to room temperature cream cheese.

Sweetened condensed milk – Cream of coconut is an easy replacement for sweetened condensed milk. Gives a hit of a tropical flavor. That is not the same as coconut cream however, cream of coconut is sweeter.

Instant vanilla pudding mix or instant banana pudding mix – A family-size box of instant pudding. You could customize this recipe’s flavor depending on which instant pudding flavor you choose.

Milk (cold) – Any milk or milk alternative should work well. For best results, try whole milk.

Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract will offer the best flavor. I’ve been favoring vanilla bean paste recently. Up the banana flavor and replace the vanilla extract with banana extract!

Cool Whip topping – Be sure to thaw the whipped topping completely before making your dish. Making real whipped cream is also an option if you’re feeling ambitious. Use heavy whipping cream and whip until stiff peaks form.

Ripe Bananas (sliced) – Sliced into 1/4-1/2 inch coins. You don’t want the bananas too ripe, bananas just starting to get brown spots will offer the best banana flavor.

Nilla wafers or Vanilla wafer cookies – Roughly half of a large-sized box of vanilla wafers. For a tighter texture, use the mini vanilla wafers, or fill the gaps of the large wafers with the mini vanilla wafers. It’s my opinion that there isn’t an amount of wafers that is too much.

Cherries – Optional as a garnish.

*see recipe card for detailed measurements

banana pudding ingredients laid out

Kitchen supplies you’ll need for this Banana Pudding Trifle recipe

Mix it, Layer it, & Eat it!

In a large mixing bowl add the softened, room temperature cream cheese.

Using a hand mixer, beat until there are no lumps remaining then add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and the instant vanilla pudding mix to the cream cheese mixture. Beat until combined and no lumps remain. 

creamed cream cheese
sweetened condensed milk pouring into cream cheese
milk, vanilla, and pudding mix added

Fold in 8 oz of whipped cream topping. 

Chill the pudding mixture for 30 minutes to allow it to thicken up just a little.

blended cream cheese, milk and pudding mixture
whipped cream added to pudding mixture
whipped cream folded into the pudding

In your trifle dish, layer the box vanilla wafers on the bottom and up against the side. Add 1/2 of the banana pudding mixture and spread evenly across, then add a layer of fresh banana slices on top of the pudding, and then layer 1/2 of the whipped cream topping over the layer of fresh bananas.

Repeat that step another time with the remaining ingredients to finish off the next layer.

Once your trifle has been constructed chill for at least 1 hour, best if overnight. 

To serve, scoop with a large spoon into your trifle dish and garnish with a cherry… or two!

Another great way to garnish this delicious dessert is with any remaining banana slices or remaining wafers. Crush them up and sprinkle them on top!

I love this dish, it is such an easy banana pudding no-bake dessert. One of our favorite desserts that the kids love helping with. Set up an assembly line, and their favorite dish, and make it fun!

Tips for Making, Eating, & Storing this easy Banana Pudding Trifle

Making

-If you do not own a trifle dish, any 9 x 13 baking pan, casserole dish, or even a large bowl would work perfectly.

-Mini vanilla wafers will work perfectly for a smaller trifle bowl or mason jars.

-For smaller personal-sized dishes or layered mason jars, layer as described. Keep refrigerated and wrapped with plastic wrap until ready to eat.

Eating

-Best to let the banana trifle set in the fridge as long as possible before serving. Best if overnight and a max of 48 hours. This will allow the wafers to become soft and cake-like.

Storing

-Store covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

-I would not recommend freezing this recipe.

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Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

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A YUMMY no-bake banana dessert! Sure to be a hit with the whole family. Can also be served in personal sized dishes.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

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8 oz Cream cheese (softened)

14 oz can Sweetened condensed milk

5 oz Instant vanilla pudding

3 cup Milk (cold)

1 tsp Vanilla

3 8oz Whipped topping

4 Bananas (sliced)

1/2 12oz Box Vanilla wafers

Cherries (optional as garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add the softened, room temperature cream cheese.
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat until there are no lumps then add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and the pudding mix to the cream cheese mixture. Beat until combined and no lumps appear. 
  3. Fold in 8 oz whipped cream topping. 
  4. Chill mixture for 30 minutes.
  5. In your trifle dish, lay the vanilla wafers on the bottom and up against the side. Add 1/2 of the pudding mixture and spread evenly across, layer bananas on top of the pudding, and then layer 1/2 of the whipped cream topping over the bananas.
  6. Repeat that step another time. 
  7. Once your trifle has been constructed chill for at least 1 hour, best if overnight. 
  8. Garnish as you wish and serve!

Notes

  • Best to let the banana trifle set in the fridge as long as possible before serving. Best if overnight and a max of 48 hours. This will allow the wafers to become soft and cake-like.
  • For smaller personal-sized dishes, layer as described. Keep refrigerated and wrapped with plastic wrap until ready to eat.
  • If you do not own a trifle dish, any 9 x 13 baking pan or casserole dish would work perfectly.
  • Store covered and in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Treats
  • Method: layered dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Calories: 424
  • Sugar: 63.6 g
  • Sodium: 725.4 mg
  • Fat: 14.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 68.5 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.5 mg

Keywords: nilla wafer banana pudding recipe, no-bake banana desserts, banana pudding trifle

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By on March 24th, 2022

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5 thoughts on “Easy Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding Trifle”

  1. I’m obssessed and cannot have enough of this! Can’t wait to share it with my family and friends!

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  2. This was such a quick and easy dessert and turns out beautiful to boot! Easily, the best way to satisfy a sweet tooth; my whole family loved it!

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  3. Such a cool and refreshing dessert! I love how easily everything comes together. Definitely perfect for summer celebrations.

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