This banana pudding recipe is made with layers of graham cracker crumbs and sliced bananas. It's a comfort food dessert that can call you back to childhood. That also makes it a popular homespun dessert to take to potlucks or to serve at a brunch.
The beauty of this recipe is that there are simple ingredients you might already have in your cupboard. While you could use a vanilla pudding mix instead of making the pudding, you have full control over the ingredients if you make the pudding with your own eggs, sugar, cornstarch, and milk.
For this recipe, you should look for fully ripened bananas that are at the peak of flavor, but not those where the fruit has been over-ripened. It's best when the banana slices are soft, sweet, and no longer green. But the bananas will also begin to turn brown in the pudding, so it is good to enjoy the pudding within a day or two of making it.
- 2 eggs (separated into yolks and egg whites)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 cups milk
- 2 or 3 sliced bananas
- 15 graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Separate the eggs, saving the egg whites for the meringue in step 7.
- Beat the egg yolks.
- Add 2/3 cup sugar and the cornstarch and mix thoroughly.
- Add the milk and mix thoroughly.
- Cook over low heat or in the top of double boiler, stirring constantly until the pudding is thickened and creamy. Remove it from the heat and add the vanilla extract.
- In a lightly buttered baking dish, place alternating layers of graham cracker crumbs and sliced bananas. Top with the vanilla custard.
- To make the meringue, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
- Spread the meringue over the custard and bake at 350 F for about 10 minutes, until the meringue is nicely browned.
Variations for the Banana Pudding with Graham Cracker Crumbs
You can make this pudding in separate custard dishes or ramekins for individual servings, which makes a nice presentation for a dinner.
You'll often see similar recipes made with a commercial whipped topping rather than meringue. That would save you the step of whipping the egg whites into meringue, especially if you have guests who don't like meringue. Or, you could substitute homemade whipped cream instead of the meringue.