No-bake banana pudding with vanilla wafers: Retro recipe

Easy vintage banana pudding with vanilla wafers recipe - 1956

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Easy, new way to make delicious no-bake banana pudding (1956)

You’ll love crunchy-good Jane Arden Vanilla wafers and rich, ripe bananas… smothered in the smooth, delicate hand-blended flavor of Jell-well Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling. Such a spectacular dessert, you’d never dream it could be so quick, so easy to make.

Get Jane Arden Vanilla Wafers and Jell-well Pudding and Pie Filling when you shop, today. Enjoy this treat tonight!

Also below, don’t miss a recipe from 1956 for homemade banana pudding (requires cooking)

Easy banana pudding with vanilla wafers - recipe from 1956

Easy banana pudding with vanilla wafers recipe

Prepare 1 package Jell-well Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling according to package directions. Allow filling to cool. (If you prefer, use Jell-well Vanilla instant pudding, prepared according to package directions).

Line bottom and sides of low 9″ square dish with Jane Arden Vanilla Wafers. Cover wafers with banana slices. Pour half of pudding over bananas. Add second layer of Jane Arden Wafers, bananas, and remaining pudding. Chill about 1 hour.

For an extra-special touch, top with whipped cream sprinkled with crushed vanilla wafers — or use meringue topping and brown lightly.

Easy banana pudding recipe from 1956

MORE: Banana Breeze no-bake pie (1974) & Pudding banana cake recipe

Bonus: Recipe for homemade banana pudding with vanilla wafers

To be good, a pudding should be full of surprises, and here’s a luscious-tasting one that everybody will love.

“Vanilla Wafer Banana Pudding” combines sliced bananas, custard and meringue with a surprise ingredient, sunny vanilla wafers, that add real home-baked flavor and a rich, crunchy texture.

It’s a sweet and satisfying dessert after a light summer meal. Dress it up as a party treat by serving in individual wafer-lined cups.

Here’s how to make it.

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Banana pudding with vanilla wafers (1956)

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 48 Sunshine Vanilla Wafers
  • 4 bananas (well-ripened)
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Scald milk in top of a double boiler over direct heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the beaten egg yolks, 2/3 cup of sugar, salt and cornstarch.
  3. Pour about 1/2 cup of scalded milk over egg mixture, stirring to blend.
  4. Return egg mixture to remaining milk in top of double boiler and set top in place over boiling water.
  5. Cook, stirring until mixture is smooth and thickened (about 6 minutes).
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  7. Arrange alternate layers of vanilla wafers and sliced bananas in a 9-inch square cake an or in a 1-1/2 quart casserole.
  8. Pour hot custard over the top and allow to cool. Heat oven to 425 (F).
  9. Beat whites until stiff but not dry.
  10. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar gradually, continuing to beat until meringue is very stiff and glossy.
  11. Spread over pudding and brown in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

Recipe from The Argos Reflector (Argos, Indiana) – Thursday, August 9, 1956

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