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Caramelized Banana Pudding

Homemade vanilla pudding with Nilla wafers and caramelized bananas, then topped with meringue. This Caramelized Banana Pudding takes your banana pudding to a new level!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramelized Banana Pudding
Servings: 10 servings



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 large bananas (just ripe, not brown) sliced into ~1/3" slices

Topping and Assembly

  • 1 box Nilla wafers
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar



  • In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add sugar, flour, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Add egg yolks and milk. Stir until well combined.
  • Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
  • Once mixture thickens, reduce heat to low and continue to stir constantly for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside.


  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat, add brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Stir until mixture starts to bubble, about 3 minutes.
  • After mixture bubbles, add in bananas and stir constantly for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.


  • In a serving bowl or 9x13 dish, layer Nilla wafers, pudding, then caramelized bananas. Repeat until all of the pudding and bananas are used.
  • To make meringue, use a mixer to beat egg whites until peaks begin to form. Once peaks form add in sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • If your dish is oven safe, put meringue on top of pudding and place in oven on 425 degrees for 5 minutes. If you dish is not oven safe, trace the top of your dish on a parchment paper. Place parchment paper on a baking pan and spread meringue about 2" from sides of tracing. Place pan in oven on 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Let meringue cool completely, then gently peel meringue from paper onto top of pudding (this is what I did for the photos below).