January 14th, 2014

Mason Jar Banana Pudding

Our family recently ate out at a restaurant that served banana pudding in a Mason jar. It was heavenly. And I’m pretty sure the Mason jar made it taste even better! Naturally, we decided to come home and try making it ourselves.

I love to use Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies in my banana pudding, but you could easily substitute vanilla wafers or even graham crackers. The recipe will fill 5-6 pint jars, but that’s a pretty good-sized helping of banana pudding, so you could easily get more using smaller jars. Or if you don’t need that many servings, you can half the recipe. Either way, no one is going to be upset about eating the extra!

Mason Jar Banana Pudding

Serves 6

Mason Jar Banana Pudding

20Prep Time

20Total Time

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  • 1 (3.5 oz.) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5-6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies, coarsely crushed
  • 4-6 bananas, sliced


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding and milk.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture and mix well.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  5. Fold 1 cup of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture.
  6. In a glass jar, layer about 1/8 cup of cookie crumbs, 6 slices of banana, 1/3 cup of pudding mixture and 1/4 cup whipped cream. Repeat once.
  7. Sprinkle additional cookie crumbs on top of the last layer of whipped cream. Refrigerate until serving.
  8. If desired, garnish with fresh banana slices just before serving.

Who Dished It Up First:
Inspired by Paula Deen’s banana pudding recipe.



  1. Mmmmmm I could totally skip breakfast and dive head first into this dessert instead. Looks fabulous!

  2. Isn’t it funny how delicious a dessert can be, but even made over the top by what it’s served in?? I love this recipe…I love the mason jars… I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  3. Oh my- you are killing me. Every time I get another email from you my jaw drops. YUM.

  4. This looks fantastic, Danelle! I agree that the mason jar just makes it taste better 🙂

  5. Love this idea! Just wanted to let you know I included you in my round-up of 8 Mason Jar Recipes for Summer. Have a good one. 🙂 http://www.recipechatter.com/mason-jar-recipes-summer/

  6. Special Friends says:

    We like your fancy desserts and based on your picture, we can tell you know what you’re talking about. Special kids out.

  7. Darlene maccallum says:

    Can you make this the night before?

  8. Just made this for my family and it’s delicious; everybody loves it!

  9. Can you make this the day before and put jar lid on it??

  10. Hi i viewed this recipe yesterday and it looks wonderful! I plan on using this recipe to do a demonstration video for my school speech. I will include proper citations. The main reason i chose this is it looks totally wonderful and who doesn’t like banana pudding! If there is any way u would like it cited please let me know so i can give proper credit.

    Nikki D

  11. OMG! I am totally in love with the idea of Jar anything that I make myself. I’m putting this up on my site and giving you full credit. thanks for another dessert in a jar..love it:)

  12. Carrie Turney says:

    This looks so good I’ve got to make it!

  13. Has anyone made this ahead of time? How far ahead can you make it? I see a couple people have asked whether it can be made the night before…has anyone gotten a response? Thank you!

  14. Thanks for the recipe! I recently went to a restraunt that served the exact same thing. Can I ask what restraunt you went to? No need for a location, just the name, cuz I’m curious. Thanks!

  15. No way..!! Must use the real stuff ,, I am sorry but instant pudding has only one place in my book ..we tried it whole family all said same thing ,,Do it the ole way real bananas etc..

  16. I wish that people would reserve comments until after they try the recipe. OMG this looks good is of no help, it’s not a review.

  17. 100% agree. Why comment that you are going to make it, or that it looks soooo good, can’t wait to try it. That is NOT a review. I have made several recipes off pinterest that did not turn out well. I just saw a picture of a two layer cake, but the instructions were for a three layer different cake.


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