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I am beyond excited about sharing this adorable dessert! This BANANA CREAM PUDDING IN A JAR will bring back memories of an all American childhood with roots to the classic Banana Pudding dish present at every church or neighborhood pot-luck.

Banana pudding in a cute little jar.

Did you know…?

It turns out the history of this dessert goes back to 1921 when Nilla Wafers published a recipe from Mrs. Laura Kerley of Bloomington, Illinois that called for custard, sliced bananas and a pound of vanilla wafers. There have been many variations created since but it remains a deliciously simple, sweet staple recipe in kitchens across the USA and beyond. Cool huh? She was a recipe blogger of the 1920’s! 🙂

Today I am sharing with you the recipe I made up for these adorable little jars which I feel takes the traditional foil casserole style to a new level. These sassy little servings are perfect for your next little soiree!

Banilla Trifle Jars
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Aniko
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4 servings
Delicious perfectly portioned Banilla Trifle Jars for your next party!
  • 1 c. rough chopped or broken Nilla Wafers
  • *Additional Nilla Wafers to garnish (optional)
  • 2 medium bananas sliced
  • 2/3 c. Cool Whip
  • 1 c. prepared Jello vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  1. Evenly distribute the chopped or broken Nilla Wafers into 4 -5 oz. jars.
  2. Pipe or spoon the prepared Jello pudding into each jar on top of the Nilla Wafers- distributing evenly.
  3. Add the bananas to each- again distributing evenly.
  4. Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle 1/4 of your mixture onto the bananas in each jar.
  5. Pipe the Cool Whip onto the top (I just use a ziplock bag for this -with about 1/2 in of the corner cut off) of each jar.
  6. Garnish with additional Nilla Wafers if desired.
  7. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until serving.

This Banana Cream Pudding in a jar is easy as pie… or pudding!

Little mini jars with banana cream pudding.

You could very easily multiply the ingredients in this recipe to make more darling Banilla Trifle Jars for your company.

I am over the moon with this recipe for several reasons… first, it is delicious! Even my kid who “hates” bananas gobbled this up quicker than a contestant leaving Survivor! That in itself is a miracle. Second, it takes 10 minutes guys!!! Yep, 10 minutes start to finish- and actually, that is on the high end because I included the time it took to whip up the Jello vanilla pudding (it is soft set in just 5 minutes). Three, it is just such a simple go-to crowd-pleasing dessert that looks really beautiful.

Also, speaking of beautiful…

Vanilla Wafers and Banana pudding in a jar.

I will let you in on a little secret! I recycled for this project. That’s right! I actually went to the store and picked up these 4 oz. Mason jelly jars (which you could totally use by the way) and then I remembered something. I saved the containers from my Oui French Style Yogurt because they were nicely shaped glass jars I thought I could use for something. Turns out they were the most attractive little vessels for this tasty treat. So now you know my secret- but you don’t have to keep it to yourself.

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Also, if you LOVE dessert like I do and are looking for a quick treat try these easy BANANA BREAD RECIPE!


Or this amazing Banana Bundt Cake!


I hope you LOVE all my recipes and try some of my DIY too. Get inspired by all my beautiful creations.



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