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Banana pudding has been served many times in my family as long as I can remember. It was my dad’s favorite dessert.

Recently, I was visiting my daughter, Cristen, and her family and she asked me to make banana pudding for an Apartment Life event she was attending. Cristen is a Program Director for Apartment Life, a unique culture that is all about caring for your neighbor.

During the Christmas holiday season, I was asked to volunteer at an Apartment Life festivity by serving food. It was a joy to mingle with the CARES Teams and leaders and to get a glimpse of their love for their communities. So I was delighted to have another opportunity to be a behind-the-scenes participant in this incredible program by making the Chunky Banana Pudding.

I’ve liked all the variations of banana pudding that I’ve ever made. They include:

  • adding cream cheese – It needs to be melted in the microwave or brought to room temperature and of a creamy texture before mixing with the pudding, or it may turn out too bumpy.
  • using the cooked pudding vs instant – If you prefer hot banana pudding vs cold, cook it on the stove, truly homemade.
  • decorating the top layer of pudding with crushed cookies and placing whole cookies along the sides.

Take a large dish of this dessert to your Super Bowl party, and plan on bringing it home empty. The good news, however, is that the 4 boxes of pudding and 2 cartons of Cool Whip might give you enough left over for a small portion to keep at home. You may not have extra cookies, though. Two boxes of wafers are enough for the recipe, but having the third box is a good idea. Use them for snacks and for the additional banana pudding you keep at home.

Got a tried-and-true banana pudding that is different than the variations listed here? Share your version in the comment section, and I’ll try it out.

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  1. Banana Pudding is one of my favorites, this looks amazing! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I love banana pudding. The addition of sweetened condensed milk makes it sound very rich and decadent. Yum. Definitely making this.

  3. Apartment Life sounds like a wonderful initiative – and what a lovely dessert to bring along! Your Banana Pudding looks delicious, perfect for entertaining.

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