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Banana Pudding Mix

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Making your own banana pudding from a homemade banana pudding mix is not only a rewarding kitchen adventure but also allows you to control the ingredients, ensuring a more natural and flavorful dessert. Here’s how to make both the banana pudding mix and the pudding itself.

Homemade Banana Pudding Mix Recipe

First, let’s start by creating the banana pudding mix. This mix can be made in advance and stored, making your pudding preparation quick and easy when you’re ready to whip up a dessert.

Ingredients for the Banana Pudding Mix:

  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup banana powder (made from dried, ground bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions for Making the Pudding Mix:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the dry milk powder, granulated sugar, cornstarch, banana powder, and salt until well combined.
  2. Store: Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Store it in a cool, dry place. This mix should keep well for up to 3 months.

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Making Banana Pudding from the Homemade Mix

Now that you have your homemade banana pudding mix, let’s make the pudding itself. This recipe serves about 4 people.


  • 2 cups of homemade banana pudding mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • Optional for layering:
    • Vanilla wafers
    • Whipped cream for topping


  1. Mix and Heat: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the banana pudding mix and water. Whisk continuously to prevent any lumps. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add Flavor: Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Layer Your Pudding: In a serving bowl or individual dessert cups, start by placing a layer of vanilla wafers at the bottom. Then add a layer of sliced bananas over the wafers. Pour some of the banana pudding over the bananas and wafers. Repeat the layering process until all ingredients are used up, finishing with a layer of pudding.
  4. Chill: Cover the pudding with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 4 hours to allow it to set and the flavors to meld.
  5. Serve: Once chilled, serve the pudding as is or topped with whipped cream for added richness and a beautiful presentation.

Optional Variations:

  • For a richer pudding: Replace the water with whole milk or a mixture of milk and cream for a creamier texture and richer flavor.
  • For added texture: Include chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans in the layering for a crunch.

This homemade banana pudding is not only a delightful treat but also a great way to enjoy the natural flavors of banana enhanced with your very own pudding mix. Enjoy your dessert making and indulge in the creamy goodness of your homemade banana pudding!

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Homemade Instant No-Cook Banana Pudding Mix

Creating an instant, no-cook banana pudding mix from scratch is a fantastic way to whip up a delicious dessert in minutes, perfect for those sudden cravings or unexpected guests. This mix can be easily prepared and stored for when you need a quick treat without any hassle. Here’s how you can make it:

Ingredients for Instant No-Cook Banana Pudding Mix:

  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup instant clear jel or another instant thickener like modified cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup banana powder (made from dried, finely ground bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions for Making the Mix:

  1. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the dry milk powder, granulated sugar, instant clear jel (or your choice of instant thickener), banana powder, and salt. Stir well to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Store the Mix: Pour the mixture into an airtight container. Label it with the date and contents. Keep it in a cool, dry place, and it should stay fresh for up to 3 months.

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Preparing Banana Pudding Using the Instant Mix:

To make pudding with your no-cook mix, follow these simple instructions:


  • 2 cups of homemade no-cook banana pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold water or milk (for a richer flavor)


  1. Mix Pudding: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the instant banana pudding mix and cold water or milk. It’s crucial to use cold liquid to activate the instant thickener without the need for heat.
  2. Whisk Vigorously: Whisk vigorously to combine all the ingredients well and ensure there are no lumps. Continue whisking for about 2 minutes until the mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Let It Set: Once the mixture is smooth and thick, let it sit for about 5 minutes to set completely. This rest period allows the pudding to stabilize and develop a creamy texture.
  4. Add Extras (Optional): For added texture and flavor, you can fold in sliced bananas, vanilla wafers, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon before it sets completely.
  5. Serve or Chill: Serve the pudding immediately if you like a softer texture, or refrigerate it for 1-2 hours if you prefer it chilled and more firm.
  6. Garnish and Enjoy: Garnish with additional banana slices, a dollop of whipped cream, or a few crushed vanilla wafers on top for that extra special touch.

This instant no-cook banana pudding mix is not only a convenient and quick dessert option but also a delightful way to enjoy the classic flavor of banana pudding anytime, anywhere. It’s perfect for busy days, last-minute dessert needs, or simply when you’re looking for a quick, satisfying treat. Enjoy your homemade pudding with minimal effort and maximum flavor!

Why Make Your Own Banana Pudding Mix?

Here’s a breakdown of the potential health effects of each ingredient mentioned, typically found in food products like pudding mixes:

  1. Modified Food Starch:
    • Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. However, in Europe, there is a greater emphasis on disclosing the source of the starch (e.g., corn, wheat) for allergen information.
    • Used as a thickener or stabilizer.
    • Rarely causes digestive issues, but usually safe for most people.
  2. Disodium Phosphate:
    • Used as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and to adjust pH.
    • Generally safe in small amounts but may cause an imbalance in phosphate levels if consumed in large quantities, potentially leading to kidney damage.
  3. Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate:
    • Used as an emulsifier and to maintain color and texture.
    • Generally safe in food-grade amounts; however, excessive intake may lead to an imbalance in mineral levels, affecting bone health.
  4. Maltodextrin:
    • A carbohydrate derived from starch, used as a thickener or filler.
    • Generally safe, but it can spike blood sugar levels, making it unsuitable for diabetics in large amounts. It is also a concern for those with gluten sensitivities if derived from wheat.
  5. Mono- and Diglycerides:
    • Fatty acids used as emulsifiers to blend ingredients like oil and water.
    • Typically safe, but sourced from both animal and vegetable fats, which could be a concern for vegetarians or those with dietary restrictions.
  6. Propyl Gallate (used with mono- and diglycerides):
    • An antioxidant used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling.
    • Generally considered safe by US standards, but there have been some concerns about potential estrogenic effects and links to cancer in animal studies.
    • The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reviewed propyl gallate and has concerns about its potential estrogenic effects. Usage is restricted in Europe, and it’s subject to ongoing safety reviews.
  7. Citric Acid (used with mono- and diglycerides):
    • Used as a preservative and to add a sour taste.
    • Safe for most people, but can cause acid sensitivity or allergic reactions in rare cases.
  8. Titanium Dioxide:
    • Used as a whitening agent.
    • Generally regarded as safe by the FDA, However, as of 2022, the EFSA has banned the use of titanium dioxide in food products due to concerns about its safety, specifically the potential for nanoparticles to accumulate in the body.
  9. Yellow 5 (Tartrazine):
    • A synthetic dye used to color foods.
    • Generally safe but can cause allergic reactions in some individuals, particularly those with asthma or sensitivity to aspirin. Linked to hyperactivity in sensitive children.
  10. Yellow 6:
    • Another synthetic dye.
    • Generally safe for most, but like Yellow 5, it has been linked to hyperactivity in children and could cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

While these ingredients are approved for use and are generally safe in the amounts typically found in food products, individual responses can vary. People with specific health conditions or sensitivities might choose to avoid certain additives and dyes.


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