Banana Pudding Fluff is your favorite banana pudding recipe made into a dessert salad! Bananas, pudding, marshmallows, and vanilla wafers all mix in one big bowl of delicious dessert!
This isn’t your grandma’s banana pudding, that’s for sure…but it’s BETTER!
This easy vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe isn’t your traditional banana pudding. Nope – it’s a fluff salad recipe!
It would seem that I have a fluff obsession (i.e. Oreo and Pistachio) but really, it’s because of you guys. I’ve gotten such great response to all the fluff recipes I’ve posted so I’m just going to keep going with new flavors!
One of the pies my mom made all the time when I was a kid was banana cream pie. It was a staple in our household. I loved the pudding and the crust, but I didn’t love the banana chunks. I must’ve been crazy, because now I can’t get enough!
What is Banana Pudding?
There are so many banana pudding recipes out there. Basically, it’s a southern dessert that combines pudding, bananas, and either Nilla Wafers or Shortbread Cookies. I’ve seen it down with both, and I assume there are pro-Nilla and pro-shortbread camps out there.
I’ve seen recipes for banana pudding in all shapes and forms: banana pudding from scratch, using a pudding mix, using cool whip vs. fresh whipped cream. Banana Pudding Cupcakes and Pie and milkshakes and drinks.
Now…I’m turning banana pudding into a fluff salad! I think I like calling these desserts “salads” because then I feel better about eating them. I mean, after all, this is kind of a fruit salad, right? Bananas and all?
What is fluff salad?
Fluff Salad is another iconic recipe, stemming from the 70s. I think that Kraft invented it when instant pudding became so popular.
There are so many versions of fluff, from pistachio to pineapple to cherry, ambrosia, chocolate…anything you can imagine, really. Just add Cool Whip and marshmallows to pudding mix and you’ve got fluff salad.
Banana Pudding Fluff is an easy no-bake dessert salad recipe full of instant pudding, cool whip, bananas, marshmallows, and cookies. It’s a new version of your mom’s banana pudding recipe!
This Banana Fluff Salad starts with instant pudding mix. You can use vanilla, but I love using banana flavor. I know that banana pudding is often made with vanilla pudding, but I love the flavor of banana pudding, so I use that.
All of the signature flavors of banana pudding are in this easy fluff recipe: banana, pudding, whipped topping and, of course, cookies. I used Vanilla Wafers (i.e. Nilla Wafers) but you can also use shortbread, or even graham crackers or Golden Oreos.
This is the perfect potluck salad recipe for summer. It’s no bake and delicious – everyone loves a good fluff salad at a pool party or family picnic. Just be sure to bring lots of spoons!
Tips for the perfect Banana Pudding Fluff Salad:
- Be sure to use instant pudding.
- You can easily make this low-sugar by substituting sugar-free pudding and cool whip (and even cookies).
- Bananas will brown after a day so eat this the day it’s made.
- To keep the bananas from browning, you can lightly brush them with some lemon or orange juice. Just don’t use too much or it’ll change the flavor of your dessert.
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Dorothy is the blogger behind EasyGoodIdeas.com and CrazyforCrust.com. She loves creating recipes that are sometimes savory, often sweet, and always served with a slice of her life.