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I've been making this three years now and can't believe I havent reviewed it yet. It's was a hit from the start and now its considered mandatory that I prepare it every Thanksgiving (In honor of Grandma, who always brought the banana pudding, but we've all agreed that this recipe is way better. Sorry Grandma.) I prepare it in two 8x8 dishes instead of the 9x13 since it makes so much for our small family. So now it's a family tradition around here to barter the other half our banana pudding for whatever new dessert my friend prepares.
Small changes I've made: I use Banana Cream flavored jello pudding for a more banana flavor, I brush my sliced bananas with lemon juice to keep them from browning so fast (keeps it looking pretty for the big day, since I make it the night before) and while I layer whole chessman cookies on the bottom, I crush the rest (minus two, one for each dish) and sprinkle them on top with a whole cookie in the center.
Thank you so much for sharing!

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RecipeLove February 08, 2012

I've been using this recipe for a couple of years now and keep meaning to write a review. This pudding, as my dad says, is more like a mousse than a banana pudding, and we both mean that as a compliment. The texture is perfect, really creamy without being runny or over-mixed like some puddings end up. The thing I like most is that the recipe itself doesn't use artificial banana flavoring so the pudding on its own stands out.

I use vanilla wafers in mine because I'm southern and that's just what we do, and this time around I added two teaspoons of almond extract because I thought the almond flavor would pop with the other flavors (I was right). And I layer mine kind of like a parfait, with a third of the cookies and half the bananas on the bottom, pudding, another third of the cookies and remaining bananas in the middle, pudding, and then top with whipped cream and the rest of the cookies. I like breaking it up like that so you have multiple layers of bananas since the pudding isn't banana-flavored.

This recipe is delicious, and it's the best banana pudding I've ever had. My dad isn't a fan of the stuff normally but he loves this one.

Oh, and this time I made it, I also used fat free cream cheese and skim milk; neither changed the texture, and it reduces the calories to 391 for 1/12th instead of 545. Just a tip for anyone watching calories.

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darcyblaine July 08, 2012

Perfect Banana Pudding! I think the Chessmen cookies are wonderful, but I just can't do banana pudding without vanilla wafers! I have made this recipe with the Chessmen, but I opt now to layer with vanilla wafers on the bottom, then again in the middle. Nothing on top. I get raves whenever I make this, and I will be treating myself to some for Mother's Day! Thanks for posting this great recipe.

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Cookbook Junkie May 08, 2010

I use this recipe all the time...it's awesome! I live low carb so I use sugar-free/fat-free everything except the cookies (can't skimp on those). I also make my own condensed milk with Splenda (#412496)...I know it cuts the sugar content in this desert! And no one is the wiser!! It gets rave reviews always...then they're surprised when I tell them...hehehe.

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Heartspell June 15, 2012

This is a great recipe, I gave it to one of my friends and then everyone wanted it. It's just very expensive to make. This is Paula Deens recipe!!!

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latinmargarita November 06, 2011

DELISH! Made this earlier this week. Used Fat Free Sugar Free Banana Cream pudding, light cream cheese, fat free condensed milk, and light cool whip. Still very decadent! We were not going to be able to have it all at once so I made the pudding mixture and then spooned that into dessert dishes with sliced banana on top along with 2 cookies standing up in the pudding. Nice presentation and the cookies didn't get all soggy. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for posting.

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Sky Hostess June 27, 2010

I got this recipe from my aunt a short while ago, and it was excellent! One change she insisted I make, and I'm not mad that I did, was to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cream cheese/condensed milk mixture. I also followed the instant pudding (I used Jell-O Instant Vanilla) recipe to the letter, and it only called for one cup of milk. Either way, it was GRRRREAT! I'm so glad that my idea to crush the cookies on top wasn't a new one...I was clowned for doing so, since my fiance's family was used to seeing whole cookies on top (I only bought one bag, and was trying to stretch them out! I did end up buy another...) I would definitely make this one again.

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KeliMonster September 04, 2009

Like this recipe but mine is the same, Not Yo? Mama?s Banana Pudding by Paula Deen

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rloleo April 01, 2014

Love it, Love it, Love it!!! I made this banana pudding recipe for the 1st time and it was everything a banana pudding should be. It's so creamy and rich! The ingredients blend perfectly. I would of never thought to use Chessman cookies. This is my ultimate favorite recipe now...

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tlambotte28 February 03, 2014

This is Paula Deen's recipe and it is absolutely delicious. Best banana pudding I've ever had.

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SPT September 25, 2013
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