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Paula Deen Banana Pudding

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Not Yo Momma’s Paula Deen Banana Pudding is a fluffy mixture of creamy pudding and whipped cream with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Plus it’s served with Chessman Cookies under and on top!


a slice of creamy banana cream pudding with chessman cookies on top

A cake pan filled with Paula Deen's Not Yo Momma's Banana Pudding. A serving has been removed and put on a dessert plate. There are buttery chessman cookies covering the top. A peeled banana is next to the pan of pudding.

I loved banana pudding anything as a little girl. If lip smackers had been smart when I was entering jr high they would have made bank off of a lip gloss for banana pudding anything. 

Did you buy Lip Smackers as well? Something like, white cake batter, or Dr Pepper? Those were the good ol’ days. 

a slice of creamy banana cream pudding with chessman cookies on top

Paula Deen’s Not Yo Momma’s Banana Pudding 

Paula Deen Banana Pudding, or the full name, Paula Deen’s Not Yo Momma’s Banana Pudding is a little bit deceiving so I just want to get this out of the way first, it’s not a banana pudding recipe. 

I mean, it is. There are bananas under the pudding. But the actual pudding is a french vanilla whipped up with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese. 

That’s a legit pudding dessert. 

 Ingredients for Not Yo Momma’s Banana Pudding

Here’s your quick grocery list to make your banana pudding with Chessman Cookies. 

  • Chessman Cookies
  • Instant French Vanilla Pudding Box
  • Cool Whip
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Milk
  • Bananas

A pan of banana pudding covered with chessman cookies. The cookies are light in color and trimmed with yellow.

Substitute for Chessman Cookies

Vanilla Wafers are the best substitute for Chessman cookies if you can’t find them. Chessman Cookies are usually by the Pepperidge Farm brand so look by the Mint Milano cookies. 

A pan of banana pudding. The top is covered with buttery light cookies with yellow chess symbols on top.

How to Make Paula Deen Banana Pudding  

  1. Set the cool whip in the fridge or on the counter for a faster thaw.
  2. Whisk milk and the pudding together in a small bowl. 
  3. In another bowl, combine the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Fold the cool whip into the cream cheese mixture. 
  5. Stir together the banana pudding and cream cheese mixture. 
  6. Layer 1 package of cookies on the bottom, topped with sliced bananas. 
  7. Pile on the pudding. 
  8. Top with more cookies.
  9. Refrigerate until set. 

A pan filled with banana pudding. The pudding is covered with sliced bananas.

A pan of banana pudding. there are sliced bananas in the pan and pudding has been poured on top of the bananas.

How Do You Keep Bananas From Turning Dark In Banana Pudding?

You can toss your bananas in a little lemon juice before adding them to the pudding to help keep them from browning. But I feel this isn’t necessary. You merely need to place the pudding directly on the bananas and spread evenly to seal it from the air.


a slice of creamy banana cream pudding with chessman cookies on top

How Long Will Banana Pudding Keep?

Banana pudding will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.  It should be well wrapped in plastic wrap.

Can You Substitute Real Whipped Cream Instead Of Cool Whip In Recipes?

To use real whipped cream instead of Cool Whip, you will need to add a stabilizing ingredient to the whipped cream, so that it holds its shape after being added to the recipe. This is done by making a stabilized whipped cream with gelatin. 


A pan of banana pudding with a serving being scooped up with a spoon. The pudding is light and airy and is topped with yellow chess piece cookies.

What Is The Difference Between Sweetened Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk?

The difference is sugar. Evaporated milk has no added sugar to it so it’s not sweet. Sweetened condensed milk has been sweetened with sugar and is thick and delicious. 

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

I’ve actually been knocking around the idea of making a homemade banana pudding, but are people still into pudding? I love pudding, no that’s not true. I do not usually eat chocolate pudding, or chocolate ice cream actually; Cade loooooves it. 

What do you all think? Would you like to learn how to make banana pudding from scratch? I would love to hear your thoughts so I know if it’s worth testing a recipe.


In the meantime, indulge in this Paula Deen Banana Pudding!


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Paula Deen's Not Yo Momma’s Banana Pudding

4.07 from 60 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 24
Paula Deen's Not Yo Momma's Banana Pudding is a fluffy mixture of creamy pudding and whipped cream with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.


  • 14 oz Milk Sweetened Condensed
  • 12 oz Cool Whip
  • 2 Bags Cookies Chessman
  • 6 Bananas Sliced
  • 2 Cups Milk Whole
  • 1 Box Pudding Mix 5 oz, French Vanilla, instant
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened


  • Line a 9x13” pan with 1 bag of cookies and top with bananas. 
  • In a bowl, whisk together the pudding and milk. Set aside. 
  • In another bowl, using a handheld mixer beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. 
  • Fold the cool whip into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Fold the cream cheese mixture into the pudding mixture and spread over the bananas. 
  • Cover with the last bag of cookies and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight. 


This will keep for about 3 days.  Wrap tightly with plastic and store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Paula Deen's Not Yo Momma’s Banana Pudding
Amount Per Serving (0.5 Cup)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 220mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 263IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Can I make my own whipped cream? Instead dog cool whip and still mix it in?

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    • Yes, you definitely can but I would make stabilized whipped cream. Without a stabilizer, I think the pudding will be a little too loose and not keep its structure.

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  • Is all the ingredients for this peanut free?

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    • Yes as far as I know!

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  • Was looking forward to making this but even with a wall of text you failed to provide simple step by step instructions for how to actually make this properly. What a waste of your time and your readers. Elaborate more on your instructions so people (doing this for the very first time) aren’t taking wild guesses at the unintentional gaps you’re leaving in your recipe description. Very disappointing.

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    • Hi Jeff! Did you follow the instructions in the recipe card? That is where you will find all the detailed instructions for making the recipe. The instructions within the post are just there to give you a general idea of the steps involved. There are also pictures throughout the post that show each step. I’m so sorry for the frustration!

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  • Looking forward to making this! All my life we’ve made cream pies using fresh whipped cream folded into a whipped cream cheese mixture. I’ve never had to use a stabilizer. Do you find it necessary for this recipe? Is the flavor close to nilla wafer banana pudding? I’m sure I’ll figure out the answer to all my questions once I make it!😉

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    • Hi Megan! If you do want to use real whipped cream, then I would recommend a stabilizer. If you don’t use it, the pudding is going to be a little loose and won’t hold it’s shape when you go to serve it. And this is way better than the nilla wafer banana pudding of course! At least in my opinion. I can’t wait for you to make it! Let us know!

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  • A homemade banana pudding recipe would be great! I make pudding from scratch…started when I lived overseas and didn’t have access to boxed. Homemade is easy and tastes much better than boxed so never turned back.

    I currently use Alton Brown’s recipe for banana pudding but would love to have another good one on hand.

    I’m a southern gal and we love our pudding desserts!

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback! Note taken! Pudding is so dang good!

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