Easy Banana Pineapple Pudding is a delicious cold dessert. It contains bananas, pineapples and vanilla wafers in a creamy vanilla pudding.
Easy to make with affordable ingredients. Perfect for any occasion.
For maximum flavor, chill overnight before serving.
EDITOR’S NOTE (December 11, 2020): Updated recipe by adding Evaporated Milk and pineapple tidbits as optional ingredients.
Evaporated Milk adds “homemade flavor” and makes the pudding slightly creamier than whole milk. Pineapple tidbits add a chunky texture and tasty “bursts” of fruit.
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About 35 years ago, a friend’s mother gave me a generous bowl of homemade banana pudding mixed with crushed pineapples. I’ve been hooked every since! This simple twist on a classic adds a refreshing burst of flavor.
This recipe calls for vanilla instant pudding and pie filling. No cooking required.
Be sure to purchase vanilla instant pudding and pie filling instead of banana flavored. The vanilla flavor tastes MUCH better in my opinion.
Sometimes, I’ll mix all the ingredients in one bowl and cover the top with whole and crushed vanilla wafers.
For maximum flavor, cover dessert with a tight lid and refrigerate for 24 hours. Tastes amazing!
Tips for Beginners: How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.