Chick-Fil-A Banana Pudding Copycat Recipe

If you’ve gotten your hands on Chick-fil-A Banana Pudding, consider yourself lucky! They’ve only sold it around Atlanta at their Dwarf House and Truett restaurants and it’s literally the best banana pudding I’ve ever bought.

It’s light and fluffy, very creamy and decadent with fresh banana slices and softened Nilla wafers that turn cake-like from the moisture of the creamy pudding. It tastes more like a grandma’s recipe and not at all what you’d expect at a fast food chain. 

This copycat recipe for Chick-fil-A Banana Pudding is very easy to make, requiring little skill in the kitchen and just 15 minutes of prep time. The hardest part about this recipe is having to wait while it sits in the fridge. The time in the fridge is necessary for the pudding to setup and for the nilla wafers to soften and turn into a soft cake texture rather than the crunchy crisp cookies.

Why You’ll Love My Version of Chick-fil-A Banana Pudding

  • It’s the BEST banana pudding I’ve ever made and goes down so easily, you’ll surprise yourself at how much dessert you will eat!
  • Not Fussy – this is not a dessert that requires skills or a steady hand. It’s a dump-and-go dessert you guys scoop out portions of. It’s low maintenance and doesn’t need perfection in order to look appetizing.
  • Perfect for Summer Gatherings – whether you’re bringing this to cookouts and BBQ’s. picnics, Fourth of July parties, etc. It’s a refreshing and light dessert for a warm day.

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Key Ingredients

For such a delicious, refreshing and addictive dessert, it’s almost disappointing how short this Chick-fil-A banana pudding recipe list is haha:

Vanilla Pudding Mix – a lot of people assume you’d need banana pudding mix. You actually use vanilla pudding mix, and instead layer in fresh banana slices.

Sweetened Condensed Milk – one can is combined with cold water and mixed into the pudding mix. 

Heavy Whipping Cream – whipped up until it’s fluffy and folded into the pudding.

Marshmallow Fluff – a hint of marshmallow is a wonderful addition!

Bananas – fresh slices of banana are layered in the pudding.

Nilla Wafers – the classic choice and my personal favorite. You can sub for Chessman cookies, but they don’t absorb and break down the same way.

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How to Make Chick-fil-A Banana Pudding

Prep the Pudding

In a large bowl combine sweetened condensed milk with ice cold water, whisking until it’s well combined. Whisk in the vanilla pudding mix vigorously until there are no lumps. Cover and refrigerate until it’s set up, about 4 hours.

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Whip up the cream

Once the pudding is set, in a separate large bowl, whip up the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add in the marshmallow fluff and continue to whip the cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding in increments, being careful not to deflate the whipped cream. Stir until there are minimal streaks remaining.

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Assemble the banana pudding

In a 9×13 baking dish or a large bowl, add a layer of Nilla wafers. Top the wafers with a layer of banana slices, then spread on 1/3 of the cream in an even layer. Repeat with two more layers, ending with a final layer of cream on top. Decorate the top as you desire, I like to sprinkle on Nilla cookie crumbs on top.

chick-fil-a banana pudding

Why Is My Banana Pudding Runny?

You’ll be surprised at how light and creamy this pudding is when you whip it together. You may ask yourself, hmm, this doesn’t seem like the typical thick banana pudding texture you’re used to eating. Fear not, once it’s assembled, the banana pudding dessert will thicken as the Nilla wafers breakdown and become more cake-like.

 

Why Use Vanilla Pudding instead of Banana?

The best banana pudding recipes use vanilla pudding. It’s a misconception that they use banana pudding. It’s only called banana pudding because there are banana slices in the vanilla pudding. You are welcome to use banana flavored pudding, but you’ll be disappointed in how artificial it tastes. 

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How to Avoid Bananas Browning 

The short answer is, you can’t. I’ve tried every trick in the book from using greenish less ripe bananas, club soda, working quickly to cover them in whipped cream immediately, etc. Nothing really works to stop them from browning. They don’t taste any different when they turn brown, so if I am just making a batch for family I don’t care (and it tastes so good I don’t think anyone cares!).

But if I am bringing it to a party, I believe the best method is to assemble the banana pudding without bananas at all and instead, slice them fresh when serving the pudding. This is what some restaurants do and is a sure way to have fresh bananas that aren’t discolored.

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I hope you enjoy this Chick-fil-A Banana Pudding recipe. Be sure to comment below with any questions or feedback!

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Chick-fil-A Banana Pudding

Chick-fil-A banana pudding is a rare find, so I'm bringing you a copycat version. It's light and fluffy, very creamy and decadent with fresh banana slices and softened Nilla wafers that turn cake-like from the moisture of the creamy pudding. It tastes more like a grandma's recipe and not at all what you'd expect at a fast food chain. 

Prep Time 30 minutes Refridgeration 8 hours Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes

Servings 12 servings

Author Mallory Austin

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1.5 cups ice-cold water
  • 3.5 box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2.5 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 5-6 barely ripe large bananas
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine sweetened condensed milk with ice cold water, whisking until it’s well combined. Whisk in the vanilla pudding mix vigorously until there are no lumps. Cover and refrigerate until it’s set up, about 4 hours.
  • Once the pudding is set, in a separate large bowl, whip up the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add in the marshmallow fluff and continue to whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding in increments, being careful not to deflate the whipped cream. Stir until there are minimal streaks remaining.
  • In a 9×13 baking dish or a large bowl, add a layer of Nilla wafers. Top the wafers with a layer of banana slices, then spread on 1/3 of the cream in an even layer.
  • Repeat with two more layers, ending with a final layer of cream on top. Decorate the top as you desire, I like to sprinkle on Nilla cookie crumbs on top. Refrigerate for another 4 hours at least.

Notes

I like to prepare this banana pudding the day before I plan to serve it. The longer it sits in the fridge, the better it gets. 
The texture of the pudding will seem very runny when assembling. Don’t worry, it thickens up as it sits in the fridge and the wafer cookies break down. 
The bananas will brown further the longer it sits and there aren’t many ways to avoid this. Some people recommend rinsing the banana slices in water first, I have not found this to change the browning. You can leave the bananas out of the pudding and instead slice and add them to each portion before serving. This is the method several restaurants use.

Here are some additional photos for you Pinterest boards: 

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