Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

This peanut butter banana pudding is a nutty twist on traditional banana pudding, and made with better for you ingredients! You’re going to love this flavor combo.

Where my banana pudding fans at?!

Big fans will know that traditionally, banana pudding is made with sweetened condensed milk, instant vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, and cool whip. Not exactly healthy. But! Have no fear, I’ve taken the classic recipe and upgraded it so you won’t feel super heavy after indulging. I also added peanut butter because peanut butter + banana = perfection.

Trifle glass with layers of peanut butter pudding, banana slices, vanilla wafers and a drizzle of peanut butter.

Healthy Banana Pudding Swaps

Let’s talk swaps. When upgrading a recipe, I usually go through each ingredient one by one. I think about the flavor, texture and the role the ingredient plays in the recipe.

Let’s take sweetened condensed milk – in the traditional recipe, you mix the sweetened condensed milk with the pudding mix and cool whip. We need to find something that tastes similar and has a similar consistency.

Greek yogurt is a little thicker than sweetened condensed milk, but the end result is super similar! It will mix well with the other ingredients AND add a healthy dose of protein to the recipe. Sounds like a perfect fit to me! Obviously, upgrading recipes takes a few tries because the flavors and consistencies aren’t exactly the same but when I nail the recipe, it is so rewarding!

Peanut butter banana pudding topped with slices of bananas and a drizzle of peanut butter.

This peanut butter banana pudding is healthier, but it’s still sweet and decadent and most importantly – it tastes amazing!! Some might even say it’s the best banana pudding they’ve ever had. I wouldn’t argue.

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding Ingredients

  • Peanut butter – look for natural peanut butter without any added oil or sugar
  • Bananas
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Whipped topping – I like using natural versions like Cocowhip or Truwhip because they’re made without hydrogenated oils
  • Almond milk 
  • Vanilla wafters – I used the Trader Joe’s vanilla wafers but any wafers will do. You can probably find gluten-free wafers if needed!
  • Vanilla pudding mix – I found a natural version at Whole Foods

Whisk on a stand mixer with a dollop of peanut butter pudding from whisking.

How to Make Healthy Banana Pudding

Start by whisking the Greek yogurt, peanut butter, whipped topping and almond milk using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or a hand-held mixer. Whisk in the vanilla pudding mix until well incorporated and until the mixture begins to thicken a bit.

After you get that mixture combined, it’s time to layer! In a large glass serving dish or trifle bowl, start with a base layer of vanilla wafers. Cover with a thin layer of the pudding mixture and top with a layer of banana slices. Add another thin layer of the pudding mixture and repeat. Depending on how big your dish is, you’ll have 2-3 layers. To finish, top with a few banana slices or vanilla wafers and drizzle peanut butter on top. Refrigerate for at least two hours so the pudding is chilled before serving. It’s worth the wait, promise. 😉

Peanut butter banana pudding topped with slices of bananas and a drizzle of peanut butter.

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Peanut butter banana pudding topped with slices of bananas and a drizzle of peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This peanut butter banana pudding is a nutty twist on traditional banana pudding, and made with better for you ingredients! You’re going to love this flavor combo.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat or full-fat)
  • 10 oz Cocowhip or Truwhip, thawed for 30 minutes
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup natural creamy, unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 small boxes (3.4oz ) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 9-11 oz container vanilla wafers (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 4 bananas, cut into thin slices
  • extra peanut butter for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (or a hand-held mixer) whisk together the Greek yogurt, peanut butter, whipped topping and almond milk until no clumps remain. Whisk in the instant pudding until well incorporated and mixture begins to thicken.
  2. In a glass serving dish/trifle bowl, start with a base layer of vanilla wafers. Cover with a thin layer of pudding, followed by a layer of banana slices. Add another thin layer of pudding and repeat. The size of your serving dish will determine how many layers you can make. 2-3 layers is typical.
  3. Top with a few additional banana slices or vanilla wafers and drizzle a little peanut butter on top.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the pudding is chilled before serving.

Notes

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Layer
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 473
  • Sugar: 44g
  • Sodium: 618mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 70g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 8g

Keywords: peanut butter banana pudding

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    61 comments
    1. Paige Cassandra Flamm
      August 28, 2019 AT 11:19 am

      This looks os good! Totally want to try making it with my kids after school today!

      Paige
      http://thehappyflammily.com

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 28, 2019 AT 3:28 pm

        Ohh yay! You’ll have to let me know what you all think. I bet the kids will LOVE it.

    2. Amy
      June 14, 2011 AT 10:18 am

      Just wanted to pop in to say I made this pudding a couple weekends ago, and it was UNREAL. I made a few subs (Cool Whip instead of Tru Whip, which I couldn’t find, and regular pudding, because I avoid artificial sweetener), and it turned out absolutely incredible. My husband and I finished off the entire recipe in an embarrassingly small amount of time…I didn’t even want to share! Thanks for the great recipe.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        June 14, 2011 AT 10:03 pm

        Hi Amy! I’m so glad you came back to let me know that you made the pb banana pudding and that it turned out. I know what you mean about not wanting to share – it’s sooo good. 🙂

    3. Lauren @ MRS
      June 2, 2011 AT 9:36 pm

      That looks so good! And the best thing is, it’s a no-bake recipe. I’ll definitely be trying this out this weekend.

    4. Kristen – Anywhere There’s An Airport
      June 2, 2011 AT 3:09 am

      I have been reading for a while… but I think this might be my very first comment! Hmm… I guess the banana pudding spoke to me. 🙂 I have never even heard of a baked version. Seems like that just wouldn’t work at all. Now the real trick… can I find vanilla wafers in Spain?

      1. Eating Bird Food
        June 14, 2011 AT 10:04 pm

        I’m so happy this post inspired you to comment!! Not sure you’re going to find the vanilla wafers in Spain but I’m sure there’s something similar! 🙂

    5. kate
      June 1, 2011 AT 9:53 pm

      I have only had banana pudding once but from what I remember it was amazing… this is an awesome take on it ill definitely keep it in mind!

    6. BroccoliHut
      June 1, 2011 AT 9:46 pm

      Delish! I liked TruWhip when I tried it, although my family was less enthusiastic about it.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        June 1, 2011 AT 9:50 pm

        Me too! I find it interesting that some people don’t love it. I think it tastes very similar to cool whip.

    7. McKayla @ Green Groats
      June 1, 2011 AT 9:15 pm

      This looks awesome! I’ve got to try truewhip. I especially love the pic of all the cinnamon you stirred in 🙂

    8. tina @ vanillandspice
      June 1, 2011 AT 7:21 pm

      This pudding looks so good! I love that you used truwhip.
      Thanks for the recipe!

    9. Katharina
      June 1, 2011 AT 1:23 am

      Oh my!!! That sounds delicious 😀 I thinking my step-dad would really enjoy this too–he’s a peanut butter lover and he likes puddings. When there was a Ukrops on campus I’d get their more personal-sized package of banana pudding for myself… I remember sitting at the park with my friends and just enjoying its goodness.

      XO, much love to you and Olive!!!

    10. Jamie aka “Sometimes Healthy Girl”
      May 31, 2011 AT 11:44 pm

      That pudding looks delicious AND relatively healthy. A winning combo! I grew up eating pudding packs, as in Jello pudding packs. My favorite has and will always be chocolate. When I moved to NYC, I learned that this famous cupcake place, Magnolia Bakery, is also known for its banana pudding. So of course, even though it wasn’t chocolate, I just HAD to try it. That day, I became a banana pudding fan 🙂

    11. char @ char on a mission
      May 31, 2011 AT 11:18 pm

      I think I was more of a jell-o girl and kool-aid (I know it’s not a food), but those stick out when I think of a sweet snack that I would enjoy similar to that!

    12. Valerie @ Spice In Our Life
      May 31, 2011 AT 9:14 pm

      Those looks so good! I’m ashamed to say that I have never had banana pudding before. I am thinking it is about time!

    13. VeggieGirl
      May 31, 2011 AT 8:49 pm

      I’ve NEVER had banana pudding before. Sad, I know.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 31, 2011 AT 9:49 pm

        No way!!!! I’m tearing up for you.

        1. VeggieGirl
          May 31, 2011 AT 9:50 pm

          I’m just glad I’ve been able to try your baked goods. I still think about those jam thumbprint cookies 😀

          1. Eating Bird Food
            June 1, 2011 AT 9:53 pm

            I’m so glad you enjoyed those! 🙂

    14. erica
      May 31, 2011 AT 6:53 pm

      i don’t think i’ve ever had banana pudding, but now i do!!! that looks so delish!!!

      and oh olive. such a cutie! i think my ollie would fall in love with her!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 31, 2011 AT 9:53 pm

        Oh my goodness – I could see them being the best of friends. 🙂

    15. Laura @ Special Treats
      May 31, 2011 AT 5:59 pm

      YUM, I will have to try this soon! I looove banana pudding!!!! Thanks for posting 🙂

    16. Beth (Well I’ll Be)
      May 31, 2011 AT 5:45 pm

      My grandmother made banana pudding all the time. I think it was overkill though and I never loved it. I probably would now though. This version looks amazing and I love that little dog face! What kind of dog?

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 31, 2011 AT 5:50 pm

        Thanks! She’s a Yorkshire Terrier.

        1. Beth (Well I’ll Be)
          June 1, 2011 AT 6:44 pm

          Aw! I have a yorkie mix but she is much lighter in color. Too cute!

    17. natalie (the sweets life)
      May 31, 2011 AT 4:53 pm

      thanks for sharing your recipe! I can’t wait to try, I think I’ll try to make it pudding from scratch!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 31, 2011 AT 5:50 pm

        Great idea.

    18. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers
      May 31, 2011 AT 2:38 pm

      oh a girl after my own heart! this looks fantastic! also, your photography is amazing!

    19. janetha
      May 31, 2011 AT 2:23 pm

      1. Olive always brightens my day.
      2. I have never had banana pudding that I can recall!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 31, 2011 AT 5:51 pm

        I think we need to change that! 🙂

    20. lisa @ early morning run
      May 31, 2011 AT 1:48 pm

      wow, I really wish I ate gluten because this sounds amazing! I don’t think I ever had banana pudding until I moved to NYC and I never knew there was a baked version. That seems strange – is it like a bread pudding? Seriously, this sounds absolutely incredible.

    21. Heidi @ Food Doodles
      May 31, 2011 AT 1:42 pm

      That looks awesome. I can imagine the peanut butter in there. Yum 😀

    22. LauraJayne
      May 31, 2011 AT 1:10 pm

      I’ve never had banana pudding, but it sounds delicious – and paired with peanut butter might be perfect! This recipe looks totally delicious!

    23. Abby
      May 31, 2011 AT 1:02 pm

      I grew up eating the non baked version. The only pudding-y way I have ever had banana that was baked is in banana cream pie. Mmm. 🙂

    24. Lauren
      May 31, 2011 AT 12:54 pm

      This is one of my favorite desserts!! I’ve never made it with PB before though! Love that idea. 🙂

    25. lynn @ the actor’s diet
      May 31, 2011 AT 12:27 pm

      tj’s makes nilla wafers?!? stop the presses!!!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 31, 2011 AT 9:44 pm

        I know right?!

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