Banana Pudding Fluff Recipe

Last Updated on August 3, 2022 by ellen

Banana pudding fluff is a delicious banana pudding with instant pudding mix and vanilla wafers. Try this crowd-pleaser today.

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Banana pudding fluff is a delicious banana pudding with instant pudding mix and vanilla wafers. Try this crowd-pleaser today.

Banana Pudding Fluff Recipe

Traditional banana pudding is a popular Southern summer recipe. It’s enjoyed at picnics and barbecues each summer across the country. No-bake desserts are popular when the temperatures are high.

But, banana pudding turns into an entirely different dessert when you make this pudding fluff recipe. This delicious concoction can be served as a salad or dessert. It gets rave reviews at our cookouts every year.

What is banana pudding fluff salad?

Fluff recipes typically involve a pudding mix, Cool Whip, and some type of fruit. Some add nuts and mini marshmallows. This fluff salad recipe is more of a dessert salad than it is a salad.

Pudding fluff recipes are easy recipes for potluck gatherings. We bring a large bowl and never have any leftovers to bring home.

banana pudding in a bowl near bananas

Do I need to use instant pudding mix?

No, if you want to make your favorite banana pudding recipe from scratch, you can certainly do that. Using a boxed pudding mix is a wonderful way to save time when you make banana fluff.

The uncooked variety of banana pudding can be ready in just a few minutes. But, you can make banana fluff from scratch too.

Or, you can use vanilla pudding instead of banana pudding mix. I really like the banana flavor. It reminds me of banana cream pie.

Best whipped topping

Cool Whip is the brand name for a popular frozen whipped topping. You can use a store brand version.

Or, I really like the one that is made with stevia called TruWhip. It’s all-natural and has no transfats.

This banana pudding fluff recipe will not work with homemade whipped cream. Just pick up a container of frozen whipped topping or Cool Whip.

a bowl of banana pudding

What kind of milk should I use?

Any type of milk works in this recipe. I’ve used everything from skim to whole milk with great results.

How ripe should the bananas be?

I prefer using ripe bananas for this recipe. They are sweeter and add more flavor to the fluff.

If you only have some that are starting to turn brown, those work well too. Just cut off any brown spots before adding them to the fluff.

Don’t use bananas that are too soft or they will be mushy when you mix the ingredients.

Banana pudding fluff is a delicious banana pudding with instant pudding mix and vanilla wafers. Try this crowd-pleaser today.

Cookie variations

There are many types of cookies that you can use in this recipe. I’ve listed some of the most popular ones below.

  • Nilla Wafers
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Lemon Cookies
  • Graham Crackers

As you can see, there are lots of variations that you can use in this traditional fluff recipe. Be creative and experiment with different cookies.

banana fluff in a glass bowl

Can I add cream cheese?

I’ve seen some variations of Banana Pudding Fluff that use it but I haven’t tried it. Let me know in the comments below if you try it.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Please make your Banana Pudding Fluff Salad right before serving it. You want the Nilla Wafers to be crunchy. If you make it ahead of time, you will have soggy Nilla Wafers.

You would be fine to make it about an hour before serving your Banana Pudding Fluff. But, any earlier and you risk having soggy vanilla wafers.

Make this banana pudding recipe today and see why my Mom’s recipe is one of the best pot luck desserts!

ingredients for this recipe on a white table

Banana pudding fluff salad Ingredients

You need just a few ingredients for this easy dessert. It makes a big bowl of dessert salad.

  • 1 3.5 oz banana instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 c cold milk
  • 8 oz container frozen whipped topping
  • 2 c vanilla wafers crushed
  • 2 medium sliced bananas

Optional: mini marshmallows

stirring crushed cookies and bananas into pudding

How to make Banana Pudding Fluff

You can make this easy recipe in just a few minutes. Prep time: 15 minutes.

  • In a large bowl add instant banana pudding along with the milk. Whisk until smooth.
  • Once the pudding has thickened, fold in the cool whip. You want to fold the cool whip in to keep your mixture thick.
  • Next, add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers by folding them in.
  • Store in an airtight container or serve immediately.
  • To serve, place extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top

This is a delicious and easy recipe for Banana Pudding Fluff Salad. It’s a great cookout dish and only takes a few minutes to make. Be sure to use ripe bananas for the best flavor. And, don’t forget the extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top of the pudding.

Banana pudding fluff is a delicious banana pudding with instant pudding mix and vanilla wafers. Try this crowd-pleaser today.

Variations

Try one of these variations for a new twist.

  • Add drained crushed pineapple with the bananas for Pineapple Banana Fluff.
  • Pour it into a pie crust for a no-bake pie.
  • Drizzle chocolate on top for a banana split fluff recipe.

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Yield: 6

Banana Pudding Fluff Recipe

Banana pudding fluff is a delicious banana pudding with instant pudding mix and vanilla wafers. Try this crowd-pleaser today.

Banana pudding fluff is a delicious banana pudding with instant pudding mix and vanilla wafers. Try this crowd-pleaser today.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3.5 oz banana instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 c cold milk
  • 8 oz container frozen whipped topping
  • 2 c vanilla wafers crushed
  • 2 medium sliced bananas

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add instant banana pudding along with the milk. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Once the pudding has thickened, fold in the cool whip. You want to fold the cool whip in to keep your mixture thick.
  3. Next, add in your bananas and crushed vanilla wafers by folding them in.
  4. Store in an airtight container or serve immediately.
  5. To serve, place extra sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers on top

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g

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