Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

So I have a secret… bananas are not my favorite.  I don’t like the taste, smell or texture.  I rarely bake with them, I don’t like to be around someone eating them and I NEVER buy them…unless I am making this Salted Caramel Banana Pudding.

It is ALL about the pudding

The pudding is really what sets this banana pudding apart from other ones.  It is super rich, creamy and decadent.  The secret to this pudding is something you might not expect…it is sweetened condensed milk.  Yes, you read that right, sweetened condensed milk.  It adds that little something extra, that little bit of unexpected.

To amp it up even more I add in vanilla bean paste as well.  I love the extra bit of vanilla in each bite.  If you look at the picture below you can see the little bits of vanilla beans, which just makes it a little more fancy.

Time to layer

First you start with a layer of pudding.  Next is the bananas and the salted caramel sauce.  

After that another pudding layer and then the Nilla wafers.  Then you just keep repeating until the trifle bowl, or Mason jars are filled to the top.

I like to stand up bananas and nilla wafers around the outside as it really makes for a pretty presentation.

A must make

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding is the perfect treat for your next get together or BBQ. It has become one of my most requested is THAT good.

24 hrPrep Time

24 hrTotal Time

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1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
3/4 cup cold water
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
4 cups heavy whipping cream
5-6 bananas, cut into thin slices
1-2 cups Salted Caramel Sauce , or store bought
1 box Nilla wafers


In a medium bowl whisk together sweetened condensed milk, water, pudding mix and vanilla bean paste until well combined
Cover pudding mix with plastic wrap, making sure to pass it down onto the mix to prevent it from forming a film on top
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow pudding to set up
Once ready to assemble in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form
Using a spatula gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until all is incorporated but making sure to not over mix
To build the pudding place a layer of pudding on the bottom of the trifle bowl (or in mason jars)
Top with a layer of bananas
Drizzle caramel sauce over bananas
Next spoon on another layer of pudding
Top with Nilla wafers
Repeat until trifle (or mason jars) are full
Finish with additional sliced bananas or Nilla wafers and caramel sauce
Serve immediately or refrigerate for a few hours, but not much longer than that or the cookies will get mushy


You can use canned caramel sauce if so desired

Let’s talk caramel

The caramel sauce really is what takes this banana pudding over the top.   The bit of salt and the sweetness of the caramel really makes each bite something to remember.  You can use this super easy Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce or your favorite store bought one.  Either are amazing.

Show me Yours

Don’t forget to take a picture of your Salted Caramel Banana Pudding and tag me on Instagram or Twitter @sparklesnsprouts so we can all see how amazing  your creation is.  

Also, make sure you pin this so you can keep it handy.


    • Chelle Chelle

      I am so sorry for my delayed response...depending on trifle bowl size & serving size it can serve up to 24... you can also stack in inidvual cups

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