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Chocolate Banana Pudding

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate-banana-pudding
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 16 oz box vanilla wafers plus additional as needed
  • 2 cups bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp butter divided
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 large egg yolks beaten
  • 6 cups half & half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 16 oz frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 5 medium bananas sliced


  • Melt the chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp butter in a double boiler over simmering water until smooth. Alternately, melt In a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Use the melt function or heat in 20 second increments, stopping to stir each time. Repeat until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk beaten yolks into cornstarch-sugar mixture until fully combined. The mixture will be thick.
  • Meanwhile, Add half and half and remaining 2 Tbsp butter to a heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter has melted and the half and half is hot, don't boil.
  • Whisk the sugar-egg mixture into the half and half then bring to a boil. Immediately, lower the temperature to medium to prevent scorching, whisking constantly for 1 minute after thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Pour into a glass bowl, and press plastic wrap directly on top of the chocolate custard to prevent a film from forming. Chill for 2 hours.
  • To assemble in a 3 or 4 quart bowl start with a layer of vanilla wafers. Top with 1/3 sliced bananas then 1/3 chocolate custard. Repeat, vanilla wafers, banana slices and chocolate custard.  
  • Next, spread 2 cups whipped cream. Top whipped cream with a layer of vanilla wafers and banana slices. May line the side of the bowl with standing wafers, if desired. Top with final 1/3 custard. 
  • Chill for at least 4 hours. Frost with remaining whipped cream and sprinkle with grated chocolate just before serving. 


If you choose to make this in a 13 x 9 inch dish, you will reduce the vanilla wafer, chocolate custard and banana layers to 2 instead of 3 as pictured. Use all of the whipped cream on top.