Keebler Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe - Quick & Easy

Keebler Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe – Quick & Easy

Last Updated on August 10, 2022 by Zara R.

Our take on the Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe takes a lot less time and effort. And, is equally creamy and delicious!

This recipe is also incredibly versatile! You can easily substitute the pudding mix with any other type and flavor. This way, you have a perfect one-fits-all base recipe to work off of.

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About Our Delicious Keebler Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe

Keebler is a well-known brand that manufactures vanilla wafer cookies. These cookies are absolutely delicious, have an excellent texture, and are extremely versatile.

And what are vanilla wafer cookies best used for if it’s not in puddings? Thus, naturally, they developed their own recipe. However, while it is deliciously creamy, we found that it takes an unnecessary amount of time to make.

This is mostly due to the fact that they use Cook & Serve pudding. How this mix differs from regular instant pudding mix is that you have to cook the powder and milk mixture together. Only once they cook and thicken can you set them in the fridge.

While this doesn’t necessarily add hours to the recipe, it’s enough that many people opt to not make the recipe at all. Not to mention the additional dishes you have to clean!

So, today we have developed a delicious Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe using instant pudding mix instead. The recipe is still (if not more) versatile. And, it will free up your hands to work on some other, more important tasks.

A dessert using pre-mixes is supposed to be easy and quick, so let’s make it that way!

What can I substitute for vanilla wafers in banana pudding

What You Need To Make Our Keebler Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe 

Ingredients for the crust

  • 2 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 48 Keebler Vanilla Wafers
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed

Equipment

  • 8×8-inch baking dish or pan
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric or hand mixer
  • Rubber or silicone spatula
  • Plastic or saran wrap
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Prepare your ingredients

Line the baking dish you are using with non-stick baking paper. This isn’t absolutely crucial for ceramic dishes, but definitely for metal ones (especially if they are old). The metal may discolor the pudding mix and even give off a metallic flavor. To avoid this issue completely, line your metal baking trays or dishes (if you use them).

Then, also prepare your ingredients. Make sure the milk is at room temperature and the whipped topping is thawed.

Don’t pre-slice the bananas yet. They will turn brown very quickly.

Step 2: Make the pudding mix

To start, whisk together the milk, pudding mix, and vanilla extract. Make sure that it is completely lump-free and uniform in consistency.

Then, place a layer of plastic or saran wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. Place it inside the fridge so that it can be set. This will take about 3-4 hours but is a crucial step.

Step 3: Assemble the Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe

Once your pudding has been set, give the mixture a whisk. You should aim to get a thick creamy pudding.

Then, line the bottom of your baking tray or dish with vanilla wafer cookies. Then, add some smooth pudding. Next, you can add half of the sliced bananas and cover them with whipped topping.

Then, you can repeat the layers until all your ingredients are finished. Wafers, pudding, banana, then whipped topping.

Step 4: Finish off and garnish

Try to finish the pudding with a layer of whipped topping. Wrap the entire baking dish with plastic or saran wrap and set it inside the fridge.

If you have a crispy garnish, only add it before serving the banana pudding. Otherwise, it will go soggy.

How do you keep banana pudding from getting watery

Expert Tips And Tricks

  • As we have mentioned, you can make this recipe with cook and serve. But, keep in mind that it does take more work and makes more dishes. Hence why we have developed a Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe that is quick and easy.
  • If you do want to use the Cook & Serve pudding mix, you will need to cook it according to the package instructions. Then, it needs to cool and be set in the fridge. Once set, you can use it as per our recipe above.
  • Whether you are using the Cook & Serve or Instant Pudding Mix, you can use a different flavor if you’d like. But, make sure it still pairs well with the fresh bananas. Otherwise, it isn’t much of a banana pudding. You can use banana-flavored pudding mix to enhance that flavor. But also consider mixing it up a bit. We love the lemon-flavored options and the coconut cream one too.
  • If you need your pudding to set more quickly, use cold milk instead. You will need to whisk it longer to get rid of any lumps, but it helps. Then, you can also set the pudding mix inside the freezer for 15 minutes. This will help quickly lower the temperature of the pudding. In turn, this will help it set quicker.
  • When choosing a garnish for this Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe, stay away from using fresh bananas. Even if you add lemon juice over them, they will eventually still turn brown and become mushy. So instead, use dried banana chips or pieces. You can also use alternative toppings like chopped nuts, dried fruit, and candy. And of course, you can use any leftover Keebler wafers to crush over the top for texture.

Preparations Times And Servings

How do you thicken banana pudding

Wrapping Things Up

Making our Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe will not only save you a ton of time but also effort. You don’t have to use unnecessary equipment or waste precious time.

Mix, set, and assemble – that’s it! If you liked this dessert we made today, feel free to share it. And, have a look at our site for many other delicious ideas you can try.

FAQs

How do you make banana pudding with cook and serve pudding?

When making this recipe with Cook & Serve (as the original one is) you simply need to cook the pudding and milk before setting it in the fridge. This helps thicken it and creates a creamy texture. But, it takes longer and makes more dishes.

How do you keep banana pudding from getting watery?

There aren't really any ways to fix watery pudding after you notice it. The best technique is to simply drain off excess liquid. But, there are ways you can prevent it. The best is to thicken the pudding before setting it. This creates a thicker, more bound texture that won't allow water to easily leech out.

How do you thicken banana pudding?

You can add a little bit of cornstarch to the pudding mix before adding the milk. If you are using instant pudding, you will have to cook a cornstarch slurry first. This will help activate the thickening properties. Otherwise, in Cook & Serve, it can just be added to the mixture before your start simmering it.

What can I substitute for vanilla wafers in banana pudding?

You can use any other cookies or biscuits with a similar texture. This includes graham crackers, shortbread biscuits, or butter cookies. As long as they are relatively dense, semi-hard, and have a neutral flavor, they will work just fine!

Keebler Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding Recipe - Quick & Easy

Our take on the Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe takes a lot less time and effort. And, is equally creamy and delicious! This recipe is also incredibly versatile! You can easily substitute the pudding mix with any other type and flavor. This way, you have a perfect one-fits-all base recipe to work off of.
Prep Time15 mins
Setting Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How do you keep banana pudding from getting watery?, How do you make banana pudding with cook and serve pudding?, How do you thicken banana pudding?, keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe, What can I substitute for vanilla wafers in banana pudding?
Servings: 8 people
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

  • 8x8-inch baking dish or pan
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric or hand mixer
  • Rubber or silicone spatula
  • Plastic or saran wrap
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Prepare your ingredients
    Line the baking dish you are using with non-stick baking paper. This isn't absolutely crucial for ceramic dishes, but definitely for metal ones (especially if they are old). The metal may discolor the pudding mix and even give off a metallic flavor. To avoid this issue completely, line your metal baking trays or dishes (if you use them).
    Then, also prepare your ingredients. Make sure the milk is at room temperature and the whipped topping is thawed.
    Don't pre-slice the bananas yet. They will turn brown very quickly.
  • Make the pudding mix
    To start, whisk together the milk, pudding mix, and vanilla extract. Make sure that it is completely lump-free and uniform in consistency.
    Then, place a layer of plastic or saran wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. Place it inside the fridge so that it can be set. This will take about 3-4 hours but is a crucial step.
    2 1/2 cups milk, room temperature, 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assemble the Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe
    Once your pudding has been set, give the mixture a whisk. You should aim to get a thick creamy pudding.
    Then, line the bottom of your baking tray or dish with vanilla wafer cookies. Then, add some smooth pudding. Next, you can add half of the sliced bananas and cover them with whipped topping.
    Then, you can repeat the layers until all your ingredients are finished. Wafers, pudding, banana, then whipped topping.
    48 Keebler Vanilla Wafers, 2 bananas, sliced, 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • Finish off and garnish
    Try to finish the pudding with a layer of whipped topping. Wrap the entire baking dish with plastic or saran wrap and set it inside the fridge.
    If you have a crispy garnish, only add it before serving the banana pudding. Otherwise, it will go soggy.

Notes

If you need your pudding to set more quickly, use cold milk instead. You will need to whisk it longer to get rid of any lumps, but it helps. Then, you can also set the pudding mix inside the freezer for 15 minutes. This will help quickly lower the temperature of the pudding. In turn, this will help it set quicker.
When choosing a garnish for this Keebler vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe, stay away from using fresh bananas. Even if you add lemon juice over them, they will eventually still turn brown and become mushy. So instead, use dried banana chips or pieces. You can also use alternative toppings like chopped nuts, dried fruit, and candy. And of course, you can use any leftover Keebler wafers to crush over the top for texture.
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