Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding is where it’s at today, y’all!
If you’re like me, you follow Magnolia Bakery on instagram and you’re obsessed with their banana puddings. They do a “pudding of the month” thing and I want all of them. I don’t even LIKE banana pudding that much. And yet here I am, contemplating ordering a tub of it and having it shipped all the way from NYC to Alabama every time I see one of their posts.
The good news for me (and all of us, really) is that Magnolia Bakery released their banana pudding recipe last year and it’s so much easier than you’d think. It even involves a pudding mix instead of a homemade custard?? I’ll take it.
My mom requested a new banana pudding recipe last week, which was the original motivation behind this post in addition to the fact that I’ve been dying to try out the Magnolia Bakery recipe. I wanted to come up with a fun flavor like all of theirs, and that’s how we landed with Dulce De Leche Banana Pudding.
And let me tell you, my mom RAVED over it. RAVED. Wanted to share it with everyone in the whole world lol.
the magnolia bakery method
As mentioned, I was surprised to learn the famous Magnolia Bakery uses a pudding mix but I guess when you’re making that much of it, the mix is faster and probably more cost effective. I’m not opposed to premade mixes, especially these days when it’s hot and all I want to make are easy things that don’t require heating up anything in my kitchen.
The pudding here is made up of four things:
- An instant vanilla pudding mix
- A can of sweetened condensed milk
- Whipped cream
The dulce de leche sauce I use here is literally just a can of dulce de leche and some water to thin it out to a drizzling consistency. And then, of course, you’ll need some ‘nanners and vanilla wafers.
I loved this banana pudding as much as mom my mom did, and I think I definitely need more varieties of it here on ye old blog. The only other one I’ve posted is this one from my cookbook, which uses a homemade custard and is layered with spiced honey caramel. (Y’all. It’s for real. 🤤) I really want Magnolia’s Nutella Banana Pudding so that may have to happen SOON.
I wanted to make some cute little banana pudding cups, but you can also make this in one large dish. I think this would be such an easy and fun thing to make for (hopefully small, socially distanced) gatherings for football season! It serves a bunch of people and is in keeping with all things Southern.
Dulce De Leche Banana Pudding
- 1 3.4-oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
- 14- ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ½ cups water
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 13.4-oz can dulce de leche
- 6 tbsp water
- 6-8 bananas sliced
- 1 11-oz box vanilla wafers
- In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, sweetened condensed milk, and water. Whisk until combined, transfer to the fridge, and let thicken for 20-30 minutes.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip heavy cream on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into the pudding mixture.
- In another bowl, stir together dulce de leche and water until smooth. (This helps thin it out to more of a drizzling consistency.)
- To assemble banana pudding (whether you’re using small cups or one large dish), start by adding a layer of pudding and top with sliced bananas. Cover with vanilla wafers (I crushed mine slightly) and drizzle with dulce de leche. Repeat layers with remaining pudding, bananas, vanilla wafers, and dulce de leche.
- Optional toppings include additional whipped cream, crushed vanilla wafers, and dulce de leche.
- Store loosely covered in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours. Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding is best served within one day of assembly.
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