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Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

Try peanut butter banana pudding, a twist on classic banana pudding. This recipe whisks up in minutes and uses peanut butter sandwich cookies instead of vanilla wafers.

Peanut Butter + Banana Pudding

If you are unsure about adding a new taste to banana pudding, you might pass over this recipe. However, the peanut butter complements the banana flavor. And if you haven’t tried peanut butter pudding, you are in for a treat!

This recipe combines peanut butter with instant vanilla pudding, sweetened condensed milk, and sour cream to create a delicious pudding. It is easy to make and whips up in minutes. This pudding is then layered with bananas and cookie crumbles and is finished with a light peanut butter topping.

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

Created Peanut Butter Banana Pudding by Trial and Error

It is not every day that I tinker with a classic dessert like banana pudding. Years ago, I tried substituting peanut butter sandwich cookies for vanilla wafers in a banana pudding. I added a lot of cookies but felt they made the banana pudding too rich. I had tampered with a good thing and messed it up! So I let it be until I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups with a fluffy peanut butter topping and a cookie garnish. That recipe gave me the idea for peanut butter banana pudding. I added fewer peanut butter cookies, and it turned out just right! 

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

Chop the Peanut Butter Cookies

I tried homemade and store-bought cookies for this recipe; however, it seems that generic or store-brand peanut butter sandwich cookies provide the best flavor. The key is to chop or crumble them instead of placing whole cookies into the pudding. You can use the cookies with the filling or scrape it off. The finished pudding will taste about the same either way you do it. Save a few cookie crumbles to garnish the top of the finished dessert.

Steps for Making Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

Follow these steps to make this easy dessert.

Make in One Dish or Several Small Dishes

This recipe makes about 8 servings and can be assembled in a large dish or in individual bowls.

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

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Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

A banana pudding recipe with peanut butter cookies, pudding, and topping.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 ¾ cups cold whole milk or substitute 2 percent
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk this will be half a can for 14-ounce cans
  • (1) 3.4-ounce box vanilla instant pudding Jell-O brand used
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed Cool-Whip used – see note below
  • 4-5 large bananas, sliced into circles
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 18 peanut butter sandwich cookies, coarsely chopped you do not have to remove the cookie filling


  • In a large bowl, whisk the cold milk and condensed milk together until well combined. Add the pudding and stir until mixed well. Stir in the peanut butter. Mix in the sour cream. Chill for 5 minutes so the pudding will thicken.
  • Add the peanut butter and milk to a bowl. Whisk until creamy. Then stir in the whipped topping. Set aside.
  • Cut the bananas and add them to a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and then gently stir to coat them.
  • Coarsely chop the cookies.
  • Make the dessert in 8 large dessert bowls or in a 9 x 9 casserole dish (or another dish equivalent in size.)
  • Add a layer of pudding to the dessert bowls or casserole dish. Then layer with half of the bananas. Finally, layer with half of the chopped cookies. Repeat the pudding, banana, and cookie layer, reserving a few chopped cookies to garnish the top of the dessert. Finish by adding the peanut butter topping.
  • Use a rolling pin to finely crush the leftover cookies. Garnish the top with the cookie crumbs.
Keyword Banana, Banana Pudding, Peanut Butter Recipe
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