Nutella Banana Pudding

It seems that a lot of people share my love for Nutella.

And bananas.

And pudding.

So I combined them all in one dessert to share with you guys: Nutella Banana Pudding.

This is another easy, no-bake dessert that requires few ingredients. You just need some patience because you’ll need to chill it in the fridge for at least four hours (or even better, overnight). And I know – oh, I know – that when one is working on a dessert with Nutella, that patience (or the willpower not to eat spoonfulls straight from the jar) is a hard thing to master.

But trust me, when this dessert is ready, you will be deliriously happy.

a banana dessert as sweet as can be

This dessert is sweet and soft and creamy. Spongey, crunchy, velvety. Nutella, bananas, and pudding. They’re in perfect harmony.

I used Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding Recipe from Amateur Gourmet as a base and made some changes. Below is my recipe:

Nutella Banana Pudding


1 box vanilla wafer cookies (I used the vanilla wafer cookies from Whole Foods)
2/3 cup Nutella
1 pack instant vanilla pudding (I used Dr. Oetker vanilla pudding mix)
2 cups milk (I used skim milk)
about two cups whipped cream
4 bananas, sliced


  1. Prepare the pudding according the package instructions, using milk (if required or as a substitute for water). Let cool for 5 minutes. Fold the Nutella into the pudding. Then fold in about one third of your whipped cream.
  2. Now you can start the layers of cookies, bananas, and pudding. Spread a few spoonfulls of your Nutella pudding cream at the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan or a 10 inch round casserole dish. Lay down a layer of the vanilla wafer cookies using about a third of the whole pack. Top with a third of the sliced bananas, then a third of the Nutella cream. Repeat two more times until you have three layers , but make sure to save a few of the cookies for garnish.
  3. After the third and last later of Nutella cream, spread the remaining whipped cream on top. Crush the remaining cookies (I used my Oreo-crushing method of whacking them with a rolling pin) and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate and wait a few hours or overnight. Be patient! Enjoy chilled.

the flavors will all meld together in a perfect symphony

This post is dedicated to the person who inspire me to make bananas as sweet as can be: my dad.

that’s my dad with a very fashionable me

My dad makes the best minatamis na saging (sweetened bananas) – a Filipino dessert of soft, ripe plantains caramelized with sugary syrup. Everytime I encounter a dessert with bananas, I think of my wonderful father.

If you ask me where I got my sweet tooth, I will say, my dad.

If you ask me who I think is the smartest, most patient, and most hard-working man in the world, I will say, my dad.

If you ask me who taught me to love numbers and books and Dean Martin, I will say, my dad.

If you ask me who my hero is, well who else but my dad.

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy! I love you!


43 Responses to “Nutella Banana Pudding”

  1. #
    Elizabeth posted June 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Aww, what a nice Father’s Day post! And omigod I’m so sad I didn’t stop by for some last night. I ended up eating like 5 more of those donuts. But this looks friggin amazing.

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Thanks girl! So nice seeing you yesterday. I am currently trying my hardest to not eat a bowl of pudding for breakfast. But pudding seems to be winning…

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted June 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    What a great twist on a classic! Looks delicious. Love the photos of you with your dad:-)

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    christina posted June 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    oh, drool. what a sweet post! literally.. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Christina, it’s hard to go wrong wit Nutella :)

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    Michelle posted June 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

    So Bret is recovering from deviated septum surgery and I am TOTALLY making this dish for him this weekend! I absolutely love the flavors in your dishes.

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Aww I hope Bret feels better soon! Glad this could be part of his soft foods diet!

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    Three-Cookies posted June 19, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Awesome, quick and easy.

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    Hannah posted June 19, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Bahaha! I clicked over to your blog and found this post… right when I had a spoonful of Nutella in my mouth! GOLD!

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    Amanda posted June 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

    O M G

    My favorite dessert plus nutella! What a great post and kind words about your father! Awesome Blog!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Amanda, thanks for the nice words and for dropping by my blog!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you Amanda! Hope you get to try this dessert, it really is wonderful!

  8. #
    Meghan@travelwinedine posted June 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Yum! I love the photos in this post.

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks Meghan, the food photos are actually iPhone photos taken with the Instagram app :)

  9. #
    Alaina posted June 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Yum-ME! Did you know that they made Biscoff into a spread? Pretty much died; it is so good. :-)

    What a lovely post about your dad. You sure were styling back then!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Yup I know about Biscoof spread! I actually have a jar in my cupboard :) I still like the cookies much better. And it doesn’t compare to Nutella! ;)

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    Lizzy posted June 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    You had me at Nutella!!!! This looks amazing and because I’m not the best baker, this looks like an easy recipe for me!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted June 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Nilla wafers, pudding, bananas, nutella…are ALL soooo good.

    YUM !

  12. #
    Megan posted June 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I would definitely share a love for this dessert!

    Such a sweet post.

  13. #
    Meri posted June 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    haha- in college I used to eat nutella with biscuits from the jar- perhaps this would be a slightly more adult way to enjoy nutella? Yummy!

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    Daisy posted June 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

    what a sweet post about your Dad. and sweet because of what you made. this dessert is calling to me. nice job with the instagram photos, I just got that app and i love it!

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    Susan (Oliepants) posted June 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I’m not a huge fan of the classic banana pudding. But, this – this I can totally get behind. I cannot ever get tired of Nutella.

    PS I love this sweet post about your dad. :)

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    RachelJoy posted June 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Hi, came across your site while searching for “avocado smoothie” =) So glad I did! Now where’s the Follow button?!?

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Hi RachelJoy, you can follow me on Twitter @biancagarcia and subscribe to the RSS field on the upper right hand corner. Glad you found me!

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    Shannon posted June 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    yeah, patience and nutella don’t usually go together for me :) but a fabulous pudding and father-daughter memories!!

  18. #
    Megan posted June 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I would eat the nutella from the jar and make this dessert ;) This looks amazing!!

  19. #
    Joanne posted June 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

    It’s like you know EXACTLY WHAT I’M CRAVING ALL THE TIME. How do you do it?!?!? Amazing.

    I love this sweet tribute to your dad! Mine taught me to love Dean Martin as well.

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Heehee thanks Joanne. I am usually craving Nutella and some sort of chocolate all the time, so I’m glad we have similar needs ;)

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    ashleigh posted June 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Aww cute dedication to your dad! I love the old fashioned thing you did to your photos! And, the recipe sounds delicious… mmm nutella.

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    courtney (pancakes and postcards) posted June 22, 2011 at 12:56 am

    OMGNUTELLABANANA. My favorite combo. EVER. You are my hero. And this was really sweet.

  22. #
    Jen @ Keep It Simple Foods posted June 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Nutella rules my world. ;)

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun posted June 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Catching up on my blog reading from vacay and OMG this looks frickin fantabulous. I’m glad your dad gave you a genetic sweet tooth to share things like this with us. :)

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    Dana posted June 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    There are no word for this delicious sounding dessert… other than YUM!! Sounds amazing!

  25. #
    Marina {Yummy Mummy} posted June 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    yum! Nutella may be my favorite food :)

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    pawsitivelife posted June 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours! I am one of those people who lies to themselves that Nutella is a health food. It has Hazelnuts, so its good for you right? Your dessert looks AMAZING! Once I allow Nutella back into my house I will make it!

  27. #
    Erica posted July 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    My husband would go CRAZY for this! What a recipe. Nutella rocks. Especially when combined with bananas

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Erica – yup. With bananas. With bread. With ice cream. Straight from the jar… ;)

  28. #
    natalie (the sweets life) posted August 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    seriously?!?! this sounds absolutely amazing! totally making this the next time my craving for banana pudding strikes! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Natalie! Yayy let me know if you do end up making it, you won’t regret it ‘)

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    Brian Wyrick posted November 24, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Just finished making this for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m excited! I use a 9×13 pan though and was only able to do two layers. I also ran out of the whipped cream I made but luckily had a can of ready whip!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Hi Brian, happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family like it!

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    Sophie posted August 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    OOOh,..How sweet of you: your dad rocks!
    What a truly appetizing dessert! Easy does it here!

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