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Dairy Free Banana Pudding

During the summer I try to avoid spending too much time in my kitchen. That’s where this dairy free banana pudding!

It comes together so quickly, and is made with delicious layers of fresh bananas, sweet vanilla pudding, chopped vanilla wafers and whipped topping.

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What Is Banana Pudding?

Before we dive into how to make this banana pudding, let’s talk about what banana pudding actually is. A lot of people think it’s made with banana-flavored pudding, but that’s not the case!

Banana pudding is usually made with layers of sweet vanilla custard or pudding, vanilla wafers or lady fingers, slices of fresh bananas and whipped cream.

While the name might make you think this dessert is full with banana flavor, it really just has a hint of it from the fresh slices of banana. It’s just enough to give it a subtle, delicious banana flavor.

To make this banana pudding dairy free we use dairy free sweetened condensed milk for the pudding and whipped topping instead of whipped cream. These simple swaps make this delicious dessert an option for anyone who is sensitive to dairy.

Dairy Free Banana Pudding Ingredients & Substitutions:

This banana pudding recipe doesn’t use a ton ingredients but I know you might not have all of them on hand.

Or if you have food allergies or restrictions, I’ve got you covered. Below are some swaps and substitutions that you can make:

  • Unsweetened coconut milk – I highly recommend using the full fat coconut that comes in a can, like this! If you have a coconut allergy, use other types of dairy-free milk. They are usually thinner than coconut milk, so they will yield a thinner condensed milk. However, they still work great! You can use oat, almond, soy, hemp, or flax milk. If you use one of these alternative milks, I recommend cooking down the mixture for an extra 15 minutes, and using 1 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup to help give it a thicker consistency.
  • Granulated sugar – You also can use less processed sugars that aren’t bleached like turbinado sugar, light brown sugar, or coconut sugar to make this vegan.
  • Vanilla Pudding Mix – Any vanilla pudding mix should work for this. Just be sure to get a 3.4 oz. sized box.
  • Vanilla Wafers – I use mini Nilla wafers for easy layering, but any brand or even vegan vanilla wafers will work great.
  • Slices Bananas – Fresh sliced bananas are a non-negotiable in this recipe. Use large, ripe bananas. The riper the banana, the more flavor it’ll add to your banana pudding!
image of ingredients laid out to make a banana pudding trifle

Using Different Sized Dishes

The quantities in this recipe are based on 12 oz cups.

You can also make smaller banana pudding servings in stemless wine glasses or mason jars, for easy storage and serving!

The amount of ingredients you need will vary based on the size of your cups. Please adjust as needed 🙂

image of dairy free banana pudding made in a cup ready to be eaten

Why Banana Pudding is the Perfect Make Ahead Dessert

When you’re able to beautifully layer your ingredients you don’t have to spend much extra time on the decoration of the dessert.

As long as you create even layers of filling, your dairy free banana pudding will be a work of art by the time you finish.

Banana pudding is also a great make ahead desserts and can easily be made in advance. Just be sure to fully cover each cup with plastic wrap to make sure it’s protected in your fridge.

image of dairy free banana pudding made in a cup

Tips for Making the Best Dairy Free Banana Pudding

  • Toss the banana slices with squeeze of fresh lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
  • Carefully spoon and smooth the layers of pudding and whipped cream with an offset spatula to give your banana pudding a gorgeous finished look.
  • If you have time, make the whipped cream from scratch. It only takes a few minutes to make and tastes so amazing!!
  • If you’re short on time just use creamy cool whip! It has a nice consistency and also works great in this recipe.
  • While making the each cup of banana pudding, get down at eye level to make sure the layers are even and the roughly same thickness.

Making this Dairy Free Banana Pudding in Advance & Storage Tips

  • Make this banana pudding in advance to make life easier! It can easily be made a day or two before an event or party. Wrap the top of the cup with plastic wrap to keep it fresh.
  • Wait to garnish the top of each cup until right before you plan to serve it.
  • Leftover banana pudding can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days if tightly wrapped with plastic wrap. After that the whipped cream will lose its shape.

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Yield: 6

Dairy Free Banana Pudding

image of dairy free banana pudding

This dairy free banana pudding is the perfect make ahead dessert! It comes together so quickly, and is made with delicious layers of fresh bananas, sweet vanilla pudding, vegan vanilla wafers and whipped topping!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • 14 oz. can of full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk (450g)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150g)

Vanilla Pudding

  • 8 oz. vegan condensed milk (recipe above)
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water (360g)
  • 2 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding

Additional Ingredients

Instructions

Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

  1. Make the dairy free sweetened condensed milk first, because you'll need it make the vanilla pudding. Pour the coconut milk and granulated sugar to a large sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Once sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to allow the mixture to simmer. Continue to stir occasionally until the mixture has reduced in volume by half. It should also look thicker and darken in color. This usually takes me about an hour, and I stir the mixture every 5 minutes or so. Don't be worried if it starts to form a skin. It will cook down and be smooth in the end, I promise!
  4. Once it's cooked down, remove the pan from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. You should end up with about 1 1/4 cups of sweetened condensed milk and It should continue to thicken as it cools.
  5. Place in an air tight container (I like to use mason jars) and store the fridge for up to a month.

Vanilla Pudding

  1. Make the vanilla pudding next, because it needs a couple hours to set.
  2. Pour the dairy-free sweetened condensed milk made above and cold water into a large bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Add in the vanilla pudding mix and whisk until smooth.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to set for a couple hours, or overnight.

Assembling this Dairy Free Banana Pudding

  1. Spoon the vanilla pudding into the bottom of 6 tall, 12 oz. glass or mason jar. Create an even layer of pudding that is about 1/2 inch tall.
  2. Add an equally thick layer of chopped vanilla wafers on top of the pudding.
  3. Create the next layer using sliced bananas.
  4. Top with a layer of whipped topping and repeat until the glasses are full.
  5. Add a garnish of a fresh banana slices and crumbled wafers and enjoy!

Notes

Tips For Making the Best Dairy Free Banana Pudding:

  • Toss you banana slices with the juice of half a lemon (about 2 Tbsp) to prevent them from browning.
  • Carefully spoon and smooth the layers of pudding and whipped cream with an offset spatula to give your banana pudding a gorgeous finished look.
  • The pudding will be soft-set once it's ready, and slightly thinner than regular pudding! Don't worry if it's a little bit thin, it actually makes it easier to layer with all the other ingredients.

Making this Dairy Free Banana Pudding in Advance & Storage Tips:

  • Make this banana pudding in advance to make life easier! It can easily be made a day or two before an event or party. Tightly wrap the cups with plastic wrap to keep it fresh. Wait to add the garnish until right before you plan to serve it.
  • Leftover banana pudding can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days if tightly wrapped with plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container (like a mason jar).

Using Different Sized Dishes:

The quantities in this recipe are based on 12 oz cups.

You can also make smaller banana pudding servings in stemless wine glasses or mason jars, for easy storage and serving!

The amount of ingredients you need will vary based on the size of your cups. Please adjust as needed 🙂

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 630Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 18mgSodium 224mgCarbohydrates 107gFiber 3gSugar 85gProtein 7g

zoe

Saturday 8th of May 2021

i was so excited for this but first the “condensed milk” recipe is only for half and then the pudding just never set :(

k

Friday 24th of July 2020

LActose free is not the same as dairy free but okay

Caitlin

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

your recipe for the condensed milk made half a cup! i recommend doing 2sh cans

Danièle Tucker

Friday 20th of April 2018

Did you make the cool whip with coconut milk also? Or what did you use to make it dairy free?

Chelsweets

Friday 20th of April 2018

Cool whip actually doesn't contain lactose! However, all varieties of Cool Whip contain sodium caseinate*, or milk protein, making them off limits for those who are severely allergic to casein or who choose to live dairy-free. However, several varieties, including the Original Cool Whip, are lactose-free, and used by many people who are lactose intolerant

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