Banana Pudding Fluff Recipe

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This Banana Pudding Fluff is a versatile and delicious recipe that’s perfect for summer parties. With a sweet banana flavor and a light, fluffy texture, this creamy dessert salad is not only irresistible but it’s also super easy to make!

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Banana Fluff Pudding Recipe

If you love banana pudding, you’ll love this creamy banana pudding fluff salad. It’s an easy recipe that’s bursting with fresh banana flavor and packed with mini Nilla wafers, miniature marshmallows, and sweet bananas surrounded by a rich cream cheese and Cool Whip mixture.

Like our blueberry fluff and strawberry fluff salad, this sweet treat is perfect for summer parties, picnics or even a potluck. It also couldn’t be any easier to make. It’s a no bake recipe that requires just a few simple ingredients, so it’s great when you need an impressive treat that you can whip up in no time.

Serve this delicious and fruity treat as a party dessert dip with cookies or fruit or put it in parfait dishes and eat it with a spoon. No matter how you enjoy it, this easy dessert will be one of your favorite new summer treats.

Banana pudding fluff on brown woven placemat

Why We Love This Dessert

Light and Fruity – This fruity and fluffy dessert is full of delicious flavor. It’s a great choice when you want something sweet that’s not too heavy.

Easy to Make – We love no-bake desserts for summer, and you can assemble this one with just a few minutes of prep time.

Great for Parties – You can serve this like a dip with cookies, graham crackers, and fruit. With its delicious banana flavor, this crowd-pleaser is sure to win rave reviews at any gathering.

Two Desserts in One – This traditional fluff recipe is like a delicious cross between banana pudding and a banana cream pie!

Ingredients

Banana Pudding Fluff Ingredients on white background
  • Banana cream instant pudding mix
  • Whole milk (cold)
  • Cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • Cool Whip, thawed (or you can make fresh whipped cream)
  • Bananas, sliced
  • Mini vanilla wafers
  • Mini marshmallows

How to Make Banana Pudding Fluff

Step 1: Combine the instant banana pudding mix and cold milk in a medium mixing bowl. Mix together using a hand mixer on low to medium speed, until the pudding has thickened. Set aside.

Pudding mix and milk in glass bowl
Vanilla pudding in clear glass bowl

Step 2: Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth in a large bowl. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and give it another mix.

Step 3: Add the thickened pudding mixture to the beaten cream cheese and mix together until well combined.

Pudding in bowl with cream cheese
Pudding and cream cheese mixed

Step 4: Gently fold in the Cool Whip using a rubber spatula. Scrape down the
sides and the bottom of the bowl to get all the cream cheese that may be stuck at the bottom.

Cool Whip and cream cheese mixture in bowl
Cool Whip and cream cheese mixture blended

Step 5: Add the marshmallows, sliced bananas, and mini vanilla wafers. Fold together until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Cream cheese mixture topped with bananas, Nilla Wafers and marshmallows
Cream cheese mixture blended with bananas, Nilla Wafers and marshmallows in glass bowl

Step 6: (Optional) If you prefer the wafers to be softer, place the bowl in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

Step 7: Top with extra banana slices and Nilla wafers and then serve immediately.

Bowl of banana pudding fluff with only half shown

Tips & Tricks

  • For the best taste, use bananas that are ripe, but not overly ripe. You want them to have plenty of flavor but retain their texture, so they don’t turn mushy. You can also toss the sliced bananas in a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • The cream cheese makes this fluff rich and a little more dense. If you prefer it a bit fluffier, you can use a little less or add more whipped topping to the mix.
  • If you have a favorite banana pudding recipe, you can use that as the base for this fluff, rather than the boxed pudding mix. You can also substitute instant vanilla pudding for the banana.
  • Mix in some peanut butter or chocolate chips to give this dessert an added layer of rich flavor.
  • Pour this into a graham cracker crust for a fun twist on a banana cream pudding pie.
Banana pudding fluff in glass jar on white marble countertop
How do I store banana fluff salad?

This recipe is best made and served the same day, so I’d plan to make only as much as you want to serve immediately. The longer it sits, the bananas will start to turn brown and get mushy.

Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this the day before if you like. However, your cookies will get soggy (which some people prefer) so just keep that in mind. Wait to add the cookies on top until just before serving.

Banana pudding fluff in two jars on marble counter

Dippers For Banana Pudding Fluff

You can serve your fluff in parfait dishes and eat it with a spoon like a mousse or pudding but we love to serve it like a dessert dip. Some of our favorite dippers include:

  • Fruit
  • Graham Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Butter Cookies
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • More Nilla Wafers

More Fruit and Fluff Recipes

Spoon with banana fluff
Banana Pudding Fluff Recipe Card
5 from 35 votes

Banana Pudding Fluff


Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
This banana pudding fluff salad, with a sweet banana flavor and light, fluffy texture, is the perfect delicious dessert for all your summer parties!

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Combine the instant banana pudding mix and cold milk in a medium mixing bowl. Mix together using a hand mixer on low to medium speed, until the pudding begins to thicken. Set aside.
    5.1 ounce instant banana cream pudding mix, 1 ¾ cups cold milk
  • Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth in a large bowl. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and give it another mix.
    8 ounces cream cheese
  • Add the thickened pudding mixture to the beaten cream cheese and mix together until well combined.
  • Gently fold in the Cool Whip using a rubber spatula. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl to get all the cream cheese that may be stuck at the bottom.
    8 ounces Cool Whip
  • Add the sliced bananas, mini marshmallows, and mini vanilla wafers. Fold together until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
    3-4 bananas, 3 cups Mini Nilla Wafers, 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Top with extra banana slices and Nilla wafers and then serve immediately.

Notes

  • The cream cheese makes this fluff rich and a little more dense. If you prefer it a bit fluffier, you can use less cream cheese or add a little more whipped topping to the mix.
  • If you prefer the wafers to be softer, place the bowl in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 312IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 0.1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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2 Comments

  1. No where does it say how much milk to use.

    1. Hi Eddie,
      If you go to the recipe card, it has the full instructions with ingredient amounts. You’ll want 1 3/4 cups of milk. Enjoy 🙂

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