Strawberry Banana Pudding is decadent layers of cookies, sweet pudding, bananas, strawberries & cream. No fuss, no bake dessert great for parties & pot lucks!
I love a good pot luck party. Pot lucks are when people bring their A-game and make their signature dish to share with co-workers, friends, and family. Not only is it fun to get together with friends/family, but it’s really fun to see what people bring and eat different dishes! I have a list of go-to casseroles for pot luck party. When it comes to dessert, I have only one pot luck go-to (because it’s that good!). My Strawberry Banana Pudding is decadent and guaranteed to impress a crowd. Layers of delicious cookies, bananas, sweetened pudding with strawberries, and topped with whipped cream. No fuss, no bake dessert perfect for any occasion. This is not a Weight Watcher recipe and is considered one of my *splurge* recipes. Sometimes I want the guilty version of a dish!
When it comes to pot luck parties and feeding a crowd, I always get so stressed about what to make… a casserole or dessert. I usually try to make a healthy dish for parties, but sometimes I want to forget counting points and make something decadent, especially when I really want to WOW a crowd. Last week was Thanksgiving so in preparation for the big day, I spent hours trying to figure out what I could make. My husband and I spent Thanksgiving week in Maryland/D.C. visiting his family. Thanksgiving dinner was scheduled to have around 60 people so I knew whatever I made had to feed a large crowd.
Our visit to Maryland was also a mini vacation for us, which meant that I didn’t have a ton of time to cook something for Thanksgiving. In fact, I only had less than an hour to make something! While it might seem non-traditional to bring banana pudding to Thanksgiving, it was the perfect dessert to bring. This dessert is no bake, easy peasy to make, and made enough to feed a large crowd.
Our visit to Maryland/DC was not only a chance for us to visit his family, but it was also my first time to go to Washington D.C. My husband was excited to show me the city that he grew up in. We only had 2 full days to explore D.C. so we made the most of it and saw as much as we could!
Saw The White House:
Walked to the Washington Monument:
Visited the Lincoln Memorial:
Saw the capital:
Went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Rented bikes and rode around the city:
And we ended a long day of walking by going to the oldest saloon in D.C.:
I still can’t believe that we went to D.C. last week. I was able to see all these amazing buildings and historic places that I always dreamed of seeing once in my lifetime. The city was beautiful, easy to get around, and fun! It’s hard to believe that I was walking on the same streets where so many important figures in our history have walked. My husband kept saying “Ben Franklin used to run around these streets!” Crazy huh? The week just flew by.
We spent 2 days in D.C. being tourist and the rest of our week visiting my husband’s family and childhood friends. It was a really special trip for him because he was able to see family and friends that he hasn’t seen in a while. It was a really special trip for me because I was able to MEET his family and friends that I haven’t met yet.
So when it came time to decide what to make for a Thanksgiving party of 60, I knew my Strawberry Banana Pudding would be perfect for this occasion. I didn’t have time to cook a big casserole so I needed something that was no bake and big enough to feed a bunch of people. This dessert is perfect for when you are in a time crunch and need to feed a lot of people.
For Thanksgiving, I actually doubled the recipe just in case there wasn’t enough. I’m told that the dessert was a huge hit and that people were asking for the recipe after we left dinner. That makes me happy and it makes not counting Weight Watcher points for a day totally worth it! Even though this recipe might not seem traditional for Thanksgiving, it’s so good that nobody will be mad at you if you make this instead of pumpkin pie. Actually, banana pudding always makes an appearance at my family’s Christmas Eve party :).
This recipe is super easy to make and probably the best banana pudding you’ve ever had. What makes it so unique? Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies and fresh strawberries. I’ve had banana pudding a ton in my life, but this recipe is a step above the rest. The cookies really make this recipe taste better than the traditional Nilla wafers. The addition of the strawberries really adds a delicious flavor and texture. Oh, and the pudding mix has sweetened condensed milk (which makes EVERYTHING BETTER!) What makes this recipe even better is the fact that it’s no bake. You just have to assemble the dessert then it’s ready to eat.
Strawberry Banana Pudding is decadent and guaranteed to impress a crowd. Layers of delicious cookies, bananas, sweetened pudding with strawberries, and topped with whipped cream. No fuss, no bake dessert perfect for any occasion. Great for holiday parties and pot lucks!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
- 1 ½ Cups 2% Milk
- 1 ½ Boxes Vanilla Pudding
- 1 14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 3 Cups Whipped Cream (I used Cool Whip)
- 1 Small Pint of Strawberries
- 2 Bags Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies
- 6 Bananas
- To a large bowl, add pudding mix, milk, and condensed milk.
- Whisk for about 5 minutes until mixture has thickened to a pudding consistency.
- Fold in 1 ½ cups whipped cream into pudding mixture.
- Dice strawberries and add to pudding mixture.
- Slice bananas and set aside.
- In 8x8 2 quart casserole dish, layer 1 bag of cookies to the bottom of the dish.
- Add layer of sliced bananas on top of cookie layer.
- Spread pudding mixture on top of bananas.
- Add layer of sliced bananas on top of pudding layer.
- Layer second bag of cookies on top of bananas.
- Spread remainder of cool whip on top of cookies.
- Sprinkle top with crushed cookie and sliced strawberries for garnish.
Pudding can be served immediately or chill in refrigerator and serve.
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CandyNovember 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm Since I have everything to make this already this will be happening soon
KristineNovember 30, 2016 at 10:21 am Wow! It was fate Candy! Thanks for commenting!
ElianeNovember 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm Most definitely I will try doing a Strawberry Banana Pudding, it just looks delicious. Love the other pictures you have added they are so funny. Great job :)
KristineNovember 30, 2016 at 10:03 am I hope you try this recipe soon! Thanks for looking at the pics Eliane :)!
Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking DisorderNovember 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm That pudding looks divine!
KristineNovember 30, 2016 at 10:02 am It really is Natalie!!
ZozieNovember 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm This sounds unusual but yum - thanks
KristineNovember 30, 2016 at 10:02 am It is yummy! Thanks Zozie!
DianaNovember 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm I've been craving this. Will definitely try it!
KristineNovember 30, 2016 at 10:01 am I hope you do Diana!
Kimberly @ Berly's KitchenNovember 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm Oh yum!! I wonder why no one's come up with this before (not that I've seen anyway). Banana and strawberries are perfect together.
KristineNovember 30, 2016 at 10:01 am I thought the same thing Kimberly!!
patNovember 29, 2016 at 8:28 pm That pudding looks bomb!
KristineNovember 30, 2016 at 10:01 am Thank you Pat!
JacquelineNovember 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm Such a good combo. It's perfect for those strawberry and banana lovers! I know a few friends who would love this!
KristineDecember 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm Yes it is!! I love both so much I had to throw both into this recipe. Thanks for commenting Jacqueline!
SabrinaDecember 1, 2016 at 11:04 am This is such an awesome recipe. Perfect for a none cook like me. P.S.: I am glad you guys had a good time in DC!
KristineDecember 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm I love no bake recipes! D.C. was amazing! Thanks for reading and commenting Sabrina!
Roy MillerDecember 1, 2016 at 11:52 am This is an unusual combination. However, I believe it would be worth trying. We are going to a potluck Christmas Party next week and this might be a perfect dessert to bring. Thank you for posting the recipe. Roy Miller recently posted...Seducing Strangers by Josh Weltman, A Review
KristineDecember 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm Haha, I know Roy... it might sound odd but it works!! Thanks so much for commenting!
Pam WilliamsApril 5, 2018 at 7:13 am Can you use graham crackers instead of the cookies?
KristineApril 5, 2018 at 8:22 am Sure! I've never made this recipe with graham crackers but I'm sure it will be just as good.