Copycat Golden Corral Banana Pudding Recipe

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Golden Corral is famous for its eat-all-you-can buffet, and the best part is its banana pudding recipe. People who were able to have a taste of this absolutely delectable dessert take note of its richness and creaminess. Therefore, for this recipe, we are going to make copycat banana pudding. Most importantly, we are going to make a dessert that is not too sweet and easy to make.

Condensed milk is the base for Golden Corral’s banana pudding recipe as well. However, in our recipe, we are going to use vanilla pudding. This will ensure that our pudding will be creamy. To have that crunchy texture, we are going to use vanilla wafers. Feel free to use your preferred brand of vanilla wafers for this.

Ripe bananas are definitely the perfect ones to use for this pudding. It’s soft and sweet and will complement the vanilla pudding. Understandably, it can get a little overwhelming in choosing ripe bananas in the grocery. We recommend that are bright yellow in color that is firm when you hold it. Observe if there are tinges of green at its end. Usually, the green tinge means that there are a few days left before the banana reaches its ultimate ripeness. If you are going to make this dish the same day you are going to buy bananas, pick the ones without the green tinge. This copycat Golden Corral dessert is perfect for summer picnics. It will also go well with cold coffee drinks like the Cinnamon-Caramel Iced Coffee. Try it and have a refreshing snack!

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How To Make Copycat Golden Corral Banana Pudding

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It's hard to resist a rich dessert but not overpoweringly sweet. This banana pudding recipe from Golden Corral is quick and easy. Simply follow this recipe and enjoy!

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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  • cup condensed milk
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 3.5 oz vanilla pudding, instant
  • 2 cups whipping cream, whipped to medium peaks
  • 1 pkg vanilla wafers
  • 3 bananas, sliced


  1. Whisk together cold and condensed milk in a large bowl.

  2. Add the instant pudding and continue to whisk to combine. Then place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes firm.

  3. In a glass dish, spread ⅓ of the whipping cream and layer ⅓ of the wafers over the cream.

  4. Spread the vanilla pudding mixture and layer the bananas.

  5. Continue to layer the pudding accordingly. Place the pudding back in the refrigerator until the mixture is set.

  6. Top with crushed wafers.

  7. Serve with sliced banana and wafers on top.

Recipe Notes

We recommend adding toppings to the banana pudding. For instance, macadamia nuts --or any type of nut -- will provide additional texture to the desert. 

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  • Calcium: 247mg
  • Calories: 690kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Cholesterol: 178mg
  • Fat: 49g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 603mg
  • Protein: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 30g
  • Sodium: 269mg
  • Sugar: 42g
  • Vitamin A: 2029IU
  • Vitamin C: 9mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

How to keep bananas from turning brown in my banana pudding?

To answer this question, we must fully understand enzymatic browning or the phenomenon that commonly occurs in bananas. Browning occurs when the banana is exposed to oxygen in the air and this triggers the production of melanin within the banana. Melanin, as you might know, is the pigment that produces a dark color. Using browned bananas will not, in any way, make your pudding unsafe. It will only turn sweeter. So, for us to prevent browning in our banana pudding, we must coat them with the vanilla pudding mixture well. Preparing the dish a few moments before eating it will also help prevent browning.

Can you use unripe bananas for banana pudding?

No, green bananas are not good for desserts especially in banana pudding. Unripe bananas have a rough texture, not to mention blander in taste. You also cannot let it ripen within the dessert because the vanilla pudding mixture will cover the bananas preventing oxygen to trigger the browning. 



One of the key characteristics of this banana pudding is its sweetness -- it is not overly sweet. It can make people go for a second round and enjoy eating it. Give this quick and easy recipe a try. The banana pudding is best served with tea or coffee.

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