Recipe: MoonPie Banana Pudding

by Nealey on April 27, 2011

MoonPie Banana PuddingThere’s really not much to say about the wonders of good ol’ Southern banana pudding. Everyone’s got a favorite recipe, and it’s usually straight from the back of the Nilla wafer box. And there’s good reason, too. It’s delicious!

I found my favorite version in the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook a few years back (I know, I know. They’re Yankees. But the recipe is said to be born in Texas. That’s Southern enough for me.) It truly is the best I’ve ever had. Some people may turn their noses up at it since it uses pudding from a box, but I say don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. And this is coming from a girl that usually turns her nose up at powdered mixes!

So here is where it gets interesting. I was recently going to make Magnolia’s tried-and-true banana pudding for a friend, but while perusing the cookie aisle at the grocery store I happened upon a large box of chocolate MoonPies. You might be able to guess what happened next. Twelve empty plastic wrappers and a pile of chopped up MoonPie’s later, and the recipe to end all recipes was born. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Later that day, while picking up barbecue at my favorite local joint, I struck up a conversation with the very cool owners. This led to that, and next thing I know we were discussing my MoonPie banana pudding. They exchanged intrigued glances. Hmph. Hey, if it ends up on their menu in the future, I better get free banana pudding for life!!

I’m not going to lie, y’all. This recipe has earned Dixie Caviar the most rave reviews to date. It’s been ravaged two times in as many weeks, and with barbecue season upon us, I see many more in my future. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

MoonPie Banana Pudding

MoonPie Banana Pudding

Source: Adapted from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
Serves 12 – 15

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups ice cold water
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding (preferably Jell-o)
3 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (12 pack) box chocolate moonpies, cut into eighths
5 ripe bananas, sliced (about 4 cups)

In a medium bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk and ice water with an electric mixer until well-combined. Add vanilla pudding mix and continue to beat, about 2-3 minutes. Cover and refrigerate pudding until completely set, about 3-4 hours (or overnight).

In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream and vanilla with an electric mixer until thickened and stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding until well blended and no remaining yellow streaks are visible.

In a large trifle dish (or glass bowl), layer 1/3 of the sliced bananas followed by 1/3 of the chopped moonpies. Cover with 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat until the entire dish is filled. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but no longer than 8 hours (or the bananas will start to darken).

MoonPie Banana Pudding





{ 3 trackbacks }

This & That | Dixie Caviar
May 26, 2011 at 8:45 am
Homemade MoonPies | Dixie Caviar
February 22, 2012 at 6:22 am
Polish Approved Thursday – Boom Boom Moon Pie « polishboutique
February 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen April 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Yum! I saw a Moonpie banana pudding recipe in Southern Living a while back and had completely forgotten about it! Thanks for the reminder. The hard thing now is tracking down those wonderful treats here in Philadelphia!


Melanie April 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I don’t know what it is with most men in general and banana pudding (especially banana cream pie) but all I can say is that my husband would go crazy over this dessert. Love it!


Meghan April 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

Man, I don’t even like Banana Pudding but I would totally go for some of that right NOW! Yum, yum, yum.


Kerry May 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Seriously can’t wait to make this. And I love love love assembling it in a trifle dish. Brilliant presentation!


Tiff @ Love, Sweat and Beers May 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

First time at your awesome blog. That looks great! (I’m kind of obsessed with bananas right now.) I’m glad I dropped by!


Doris Dean December 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Just thought you would be interested in knowing about a cookbook written 10 years ago called “Death by MoonPie.” Included within is a MoonPie Banana Pudding, with the old fashioned custard base rather than a pudding. The author is myself, and sorry folks this person is a Yankee of the Boston variety. Please join us for Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama where MoonPie is king. Or join us on New Years Eve when we drop a gigantic MoonPie from one of our tallest buildings. Ya’ll not from around here are you?


Joan August 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

This sounds delicious! Think it would taste good using banana or vanilla Moon Pies too. Can’t wait to try it!


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: