This gluten-free banana pudding is just like the famous Magnolia Bakery recipe – but made 100% gluten-free!

This easy, no-bake dessert is layered with fresh banana slices, vanilla wafers, and REAL whipped cream! It’s my go-to for summer BBQs, parties and holidays!



 

Banana pudding is a classic Southern dessert, and it’s easy to see why. It’s full of so many delicious flavors and textures: rich and creamy vanilla pudding, fresh bananas, vanilla wafer crumbles, and fluffy whipped cream.

This easy recipe uses a boxed pudding mix to save time, but you would never know it from the taste!

I combined the vanilla pudding mix with sweetened condensed milk for extra rich and creamy pudding. This is the secret ingredient in the famous banana pudding from Magnolia bakery in New York City, so I trusted that it would make this pudding extra amazing. And I was right!

Since most pudding mixes are already gluten-free, this recipe was easy to revise for people with Celiac disease. I simply swapped out the vanilla wafers for gluten-free Kinnikinnick vanilla wafers! The result is just as delicious as traditional banana pudding.

I love serving this gluten free banana pudding in a layered trifle bowl for extra wow-factor. (You also might like this gluten-free strawberry trifle made with gluten-free angel food cake!)

Everyone is always impressed with the presentation. Little do they know — banana pudding trifle is actually so easy to make!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Classic and simple dessert
  • Easy to make-ahead
  • Serves a crowd
  • Simple ingredients

This dessert has got all of the delicious banana flavor you find in banana cream pie, without the hassle.

It really is the perfect no-bake dessert for summer BBQs, family parties, and any other special occasion. It’s honestly one of my favorite desserts for the summertime, and I’m certain your whole family will declare this the best banana pudding recipe ever!

For more gluten-free banana recipes, try this gluten-free banana cake, dairy-free banana cream pie, gluten-free

You also might like this best gluten-free banana bread, gluten-free banana pancakes, banana oatmeal pancakes.

You also might like this banana split, banana bread with oat flour, gluten-free banana muffins and oat flour banana muffins.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make this gluten-free banana pudding.

Gluten-free banana pudding ingredients on a countertop
  • Heavy cream: Be sure to use real heavy cream for this recipe — not half and half, whole milk, or Cool Whip. Heavy cream is needed to make fresh whipped cream, which creates a light and fluffy pudding.
  • Water: Ice cold water is necessary to achieve the right consistency for the vanilla instant pudding. Do not use room temperature or warm water!
  • Gluten-free vanilla wafers: You can use any gluten free wafer cookies for this gluten free dessert. Kinnikinnik vanilla wafers are my favorite!
  • Bananas: I like to use bananas that are just barely ripe — maybe even a tiny bit green. Over-ripe bananas will be too brown and mushy for this pudding.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Any brand of sweetened condensed milk will work for this recipe. It’s an important ingredient that adds a sweet, creamy texture to this gluten-free banana pudding!
  • Vanilla pudding mix: Be sure to buy instant vanilla pudding mix, not cook and serve pudding mix. I like Jell-O brand, which is naturally gluten-free.

How to Make Gluten-Free Banana Pudding

Make the Pudding

Pudding mixed in a bowl
  • In a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and cold water. Using an electric hand mixer, beat together on medium-high speed until well combined, about 1 minute.
  • Add the vanilla pudding mix for another 2 minutes. 
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. This is very important! The pudding needs to set or it will be watery. 

Make the Whipped Cream

Whipped cream in a mixing bowl
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream to form stiff peaks. (You can also do this in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer.) 
Cream folded into pudding in a bowl
  • Gently fold the fresh whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.

Assemble the Banana Pudding

A side view of gluten-free banana pudding in a trifle dish
  • You can assemble this pudding in a glass bowl or individual portions. I like to use this glass trifle dish to show off the beautiful layers!
  • Arrange 1/3 of the gluten-free vanilla wafer cookies covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3 of the sliced bananas, and 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice more, garnishing with additional gluten free wafers or wafer crumbs on the top of the pudding. 
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours. I don’t recommend making this more than 8 hours in advance or the bananas will start to brown. (See the tips on preventing browning in the notes!) 
  • Serve and enjoy this homemade banana pudding! 

For more summer party recipes, check out this post on gluten-free 4th of july food.

A side view of gluten-free banana pudding in a trifle dish

Storage Instructions

This gluten-free banana pudding is best if eaten within eight hours of preparing. If you wait longer, the bananas will start to brown. However, you can store leftover pudding in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

FAQs

Does banana pudding contain gluten?

Most banana pudding mixes are naturally gluten-free. However, many recipes call for a layer of vanilla wafers, and these cookies are not traditionally gluten-free. If you want to make gluten-free banana pudding, you can skip the cookies or buy gluten-free vanilla wafers from brands like Kinnikinnick.

Is there gluten-free pudding mix?

Yes, most pudding mix is naturally gluten-free and safe for people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. But as always, it’s important to read the label and ingredient list to be sure. You also might like this gluten-free chocolate pudding recipe!

Is Magnolia banana pudding gluten-free?

No, Magnolia banana pudding isn’t gluten-free. It is made with vanilla wafers that contain wheat flour, so it is not safe for people on a gluten-free diet. If you want to enjoy a similar dessert, you can make your own gluten-free banana pudding at home using gluten-free vanilla wafers.

Gluten-free banana pudding in a serving dish with spoon

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • To prevent browning: It’s important to use barely-ripe bananas to prevent browning. Bananas with any brown speckles will brown at a much faster rate! You can also sprinkle the bananas with lemon juice to preserve freshness — or soak them in club soda to achieve the same effect (without the lemon flavor.) Be sure to tightly wrap the pudding before placing it in the fridge for 4-8 hours.
  • You can assemble this pudding in a glass bowl or individual portions. I like to use this glass trifle dish to show off the beautiful layers!
  • The pudding mix MUST be refrigerated for 3-4 hours before assembling the layers. This is very important! The pudding needs to set or it will be watery. 
  • You can use any vanilla wafers for this recipe. Kinnikinnik vanilla wafers are my favorite!

More Gluten-Freee Desserts

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try this gluten-free banana pudding, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you! 

Gluten-free banana pudding in a trifle dish
5 from 3 votes

Gluten-Free Banana Pudding (Magnolia Bakery!)

Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
This gluten-free banana pudding is just like the famous Magnolia Bakery recipe – but made 100% gluten-free!
This easy, no-bake dessert is layered with fresh banana slices, vanilla wafers, and REAL whipped cream! It’s my go-to for summer BBQs, parties and holidays!

Ingredients

Instructions 

MAKE THE PUDDING

  • In a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and cold water. Using an electric hand mixer, beat together on medium-high speed until well combined, about 1 minute.
  • Add the vanilla pudding mix for another 2 minutes.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. This is very important! The pudding needs to set or it will be watery.

MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream to form stiff peaks. (You can also do this in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer.)
  • Gently fold the fresh whipped cream into the pudding mixture until no streaks of pudding remain.

ASSEMBLE THE BANANA PUDDING

  • You can assemble this pudding in a glass bowl or individual portions. I like to use this glass trifle dish to show off the beautiful layers!
  • Arrange 1/3 of the gluten-free vanilla wafers covering the bottom, overlapping if necessary. Next, layer 1/3 of the bananas, and 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours – or up to 8 hours. I don’t recommend making this more than 8 hours in advance or the bananas will start to brown. (See the tips on preventing browning in the notes!)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
    • To prevent browning: It’s important to use barely-ripe bananas to prevent browning. Bananas with any brown speckles will brown at a much faster rate! You can also sprinkle the bananas with lemon juice to preserve freshness — or soak them in club soda to achieve the same effect (without the lemon flavor.) Be sure to tightly wrap the pudding before placing it in the fridge for 4-8 hours.
    • You can assemble this pudding in a glass bowl or individual portions. I like to use this glass trifle dish to show off the beautiful layers!
    • The pudding mix MUST be refrigerated for 3-4 hours before assembling the layers. This is very important! The pudding needs to set or it will be watery. 

Nutrition

Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 1186IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. Hi, I read somewhere that GF wafers don’t soften in the pudding. Have you had that problem with the brand you use?

    1. I have noticed they don’t seem to soften as quickly as regular GF wafers! They will still soften with time. I use Kinnikinnick!

  2. 5 stars
    This has always been a favorite of ours!! It’s so creamy & tasty!! It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!!

  3. 5 stars
    Another win! You’d never know this is gluten free, thank you so much! It was a huge hit at our son’s party!

  4. 5 stars
    This gluten-free banana pudding is addicting! It tastes way better than my fav restaurant bought pudding. So rich and delicious!

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