Homemade Banana Pudding Cups

  • These Homemade Banana Pudding Cups are the ultimate parfait dessert! Delicious vanilla pudding made from scratch, then layered with sliced bananas, vanilla wafers, and freshly whipped cream. They’re an easy individual dessert that’s perfect for summer parties and holidays. 

    Plastic cup with layers of vanilla wafers, pudding, bananas, and whipped cream.

    Homemade Banana Pudding Cups are one of those desserts that’s so simple you would think it can’t possibly be that special. But think again! The individual components may not be fancy, but put it all together and you get a crave-worthy dessert every time. 

    These parfaits are absolutely a family favorite around here. They are made especially delicious with this Homemade Vanilla Pudding, which I promise is worth the extra effort. Plus I serve them in individual cups, which my kids go crazy for!

    Why you’ll love this recipe:

    • The vanilla pudding is made from scratch and tastes SO much better than the package from the store. Sweet, creamy, and full of vanilla flavor!
    • This recipe is actually very simple, even with the homemade pudding. It does require a bit of time for the pudding to chill, but is easy enough for even a novice baker.
    • Because they are served individually, these are the perfect grab and go desserts for a party. Make it all ahead, set it out, and let guests grab them as they please! This gives me a chance to enjoy the party too, instead of slicing and dishing up at the counter.
    Plastic cups with banana pudding layers sitting on white and blue towel.

    Ingredients:

    Most of the ingredients you need will be for the pudding, which starts with sugar, cornstarch, salt, milk, and heavy cream. Then you’ll need eggs, butter, and vanilla to finish the pudding.

    For the rest of the parfait, you will need vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Of all the ingredients, the vanilla is pretty critical for achieving lots of flavor, so don’t skip it.

    How to make Homemade Banana Pudding Cups:

    START THE PUDDING: First, in a large saucepan combine the sugar and cornstarch until smooth and there are no lumps. Stir in the milk and cream until well combined, then set aside. In a separate medium bowl, gently beat the eggs until combined and set aside.

    COOK THE MILK: Next, place the saucepan of milk and sugar on the stove and cook over medium to medium low heat. Whisk constantly while cooking to prevent any lumps. Continue cooking until it starts to thicken, then remove from heat.

    ADD TO EGGS: Pour at least half of the hot milk mixture in a steady SMALL stream into the beaten yolks. While you are pouring whisk constantly to prevent your yolks from scrambling. This process is called tempering. Once combined, pour the egg mixture back into the pan with the rest of the milk mixture.

    FINISH COOKING AND CHILL: Return the pan to the heat and cook until it has thickened into a nice pudding-like consistency. It will continue to thicken a little more as it cools. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Then cover with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the pudding, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    MAKE WHIPPED CREAM: In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer beat the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use or make just before serving.

    ASSEMBLE: Put a small amount of pudding in each cup. Then put a layer of vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding. Repeat 1 more time. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but best if overnight. Just before serving top with whipped cream and decorate as desired.

    Spoon drizzling caramel onto homemade banana pudding cups.

    Tips for making these parfaits:

    • Make sure to follow the pudding instructions very carefully to get a smooth, mot lumpy, pudding. For extra tips, read my Homemade Vanilla Pudding post.
    • Let these chill for a minimum of 2 hours after assembling, but consider chilling them overnight. The flavors meld and the cookies have the perfect texture when they refrigerate those few extra hours.
    • You can decorate these however you choose! Use bananas and wafers (as shown in the pictures), crushed wafers sprinkled on top, a drizzle of caramel (so good!!!) or just whipped cream. They will taste great no matter what!

    FAQs:

    Can I use store-bought pudding instead of homemade?

    If you don’t want to make your pudding from scratch, you can definitely use the package from the store. But I promise the homemade tastes so much better! If it’s your first time making pudding, check out my Vanilla Pudding post for lots of tips for success.

    Can I use store-bought whipped topping instead?

    If you have the ingredients, homemade whipped cream tastes so much better! But if not, you can use whipped topping from the store. You will need about 3 cups.

    Can I make this as a trifle instead of individual cups?

    Absolutely! Just layer everything in the same order, but in a large bowl instead of cups. It’s best if you use a clear glass bowl so guests can see the beautiful layers.

    How do you keep the bananas from turning brown?

    Cut your bananas right before assembling. When you layer them with pudding and whipped cream, it should protect them from the air and prevent them from turning brown.

    Homemade banana pudding cup drizzle with caramel and sitting on blue kitchen towel.

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    Homemade Banana Pudding Cups
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    These Homemade Banana Pudding Cups are the ultimate parfait dessert! Delicious vanilla pudding made from scratch, then layered with sliced bananas, vanilla wafers, and freshly whipped cream. They’re an easy individual dessert that’s perfect for summer parties and holidays.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: banana pudding, banana pudding cups, banana pudding from scratch, banana pudding parfaits, homemade vanilla pudding, individual dessert, vanilla pudding from scratch
    Servings: 10 servings
    Calories: 402 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    PUDDING:
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
    • pinch of salt
    • 2 cups milk
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 4 large egg yolks slightly beaten
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    WHIPPED CREAM:
    • cups heavy whipping cream
    • cup powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    EXTRAS:
    • 1 (11-12 oz) box vanilla Wafers
    • 6 bananas, sliced
    • 10 (9 oz) clear plastic cups
    Instructions
    PUDDING:
    1. In a large saucepan combine the sugar and cornstarch until smooth and has no lumps. Stir in the milk and cream until well combined. Set aside.

    2. In a medium sized bowl gently beat the eggs until combined. Set aside.
    3. Place the saucepan of milk and sugar on the stove and cook over medium to medium low heat. While cooking whisk constantly to prevent any lumps. Cook while whisking until it starts to thicken and remove from heat. Pour at least half of this mixture in a steady SMALL stream into the beaten yolks. While you are pouring whisk constantly to prevent your yolks from scrambling. This process is called tempering. Now you may pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan.
    4. Return this to the heat and cook until it has thickened into a nice pudding like consistency. It will also thicken a little more as it cools. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    WHIPPED CREAM:
    1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer beat the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use or make just before serving.

    ASSEMBLY:
    1. Put a small amount of pudding in each cup. Put a layer of vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding. Repeat 1 more time. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but best if overnight. Just before serving top with whipped cream. Decorate as desired.

    Recipe Notes
    • For a trifle: This can also be layered into a large trifle bowl instead of individual cups if you prefer.
    • Store-bought pudding: If you prefer to use store bought pudding use 1 large box and make according to package directions.
    • Store-bought whipped topping: If you prefer to use store bought whipped topping you will need 3 cups of whipped topping.
    • Tips for chilling overnight: If you are chilling these overnight I recommend making the whipped cream a little before serving. Freshly whipped cream can sometimes get a little watery if made too far in advance. A few hours in advance is just fine but overnight may not be.

    **Note: Prep and cook times don’t include chill time. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Banana Pudding Cups
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 402 Calories from Fat 243
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 27g42%
    Saturated Fat 17g106%
    Cholesterol 169mg56%
    Sodium 70mg3%
    Potassium 372mg11%
    Carbohydrates 37g12%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 25g28%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 1142IU23%
    Vitamin C 7mg8%
    Calcium 108mg11%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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