Creamy Strawberry Banana Pudding Dessert

This easy strawberry banana pudding dessert is made with fresh fruit, creamy pudding and a sprinkle of vanilla cookies. It takes 10 minutes to make, plus it’s made a little lighter than traditional layered pudding desserts but it’s just as amazing!

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A large serving dish of strawberry banana pudding.

Why you’ll love this

This strawberry banana pudding dessert is light, creamy and full of fresh fruity flavors. It’s going to be an absolute staple for me this spring and summer because it’s so good and so easy to make! If you’re a trifle dessert lover like me, this is a must try!

To bump up the protein a little bit, the pudding is made using half milk and half Greek yogurt. The yogurt makes the pudding perfectly fluffy and creamy and adds a few extra grams of protein per serving! I promise, you can’t tell there’s Greek yogurt in there.

With 7 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving, this is a sweet snack that will actually be satisfying!

Plus, it comes together in no time! It only takes a few minutes of prep time to make since the instant pudding mix sets up so quickly, and then all you have to do is slice your fresh fruit and get to layering. It’s a great dessert for parties, cookouts, or when you want a sweet treat.

You can even make these into individual desserts by layering them right into a mason jar with a lid!

Your whole family will love this banana strawberry pudding recipe, so let’s get into what you need!

Ingredients

  1. Plain Greek yogurt: This pudding is made a little higher protein by adding Greek yogurt, and it adds the perfect amount of creaminess and fluffiness without tasting like yogurt.
  2. Milk: Use whatever milk you like. I typically go for 2% Fairlife milk for a few extra grams of protein.
  3. Whipped topping: I like Tru-Whip, but you can use regular cool whip too, or sugar-free cool whip. You can also top your dessert with whipped cream, too.
  4. Instant vanilla pudding mix: I’ll often grab the sugar-free version to lower the added sugar a bit, but you can use regular too. You can also experiment with different flavors!
  5. Fresh strawberry slices and banana slices: You’ll also need sliced strawberries and bananas. Other fruit like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or mango would also go great.
  6. Vanilla wafer cookies: You’ll also use some wafer cookies for topping your dessert! I used Nilla vanilla wafers but you can use whatever you can find.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl mix milk, Greek yogurt and vanilla pudding mix until thoroughly combined. Let set for 5 minutes or according to pudding package instructions.
Milk and greek yogurt being mixed in a bowl with pudding mix.
Greek yogurt vanilla pudding in a bowl with a whisk.
  1. Next, mix in whipped topping to the pudding mix until combined. Note: If making this ahead of time, I recommend keeping the pudding and whipped topping separate and then adding layers of whipped topping in between pudding layers. This will ensure the pudding stays “set”.
Vanilla Greek yogurt and whipped topping in a bowl.
Vanilla Greek yogurt pudding mixed with whipped topping.
  1. In a large bowl or trifle dish, layer vanilla pudding, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, then another layer of pudding, strawberries, etc. Use a rubber spatula to smooth the pudding mixture.
Vanilla greek yogurt pudding and whipped topping mixed and layered at the bottom of a bowl.
A layer of strawberries and bananas on top of vanilla greek yogurt pudding in a large bowl.
  1. Keep layering ingredients until the bowl is full.
A layer of Greek yogurt vanilla pudding with strawberries and bananas.
Layers of strawberries and bananas and Greek yogurt vanilla pudding in a large bowl.
  1. Top with crushed vanilla wafer cookies and more whipped topping if desired.
An overhead shot of a strawberry banana pudding dessert trifle dish.

Recipe FAQ

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! If making this ahead, I recommend keeping the pudding and whipped topping separate and then adding layers of whipped topping in between pudding layers for best results. This will ensure the pudding stays “set”. Then store in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container or covered tightly with plastic wrap.

Can I use sugar-free pudding mix?

Yes- both sugar-free and regular pudding mix works, just make sure it says “Instant”!

Does it taste like Greek yogurt?

Nope! The pudding truly doesn’t taste like Greek yogurt at all once it’s mixed. Then once the dessert is layered you would never know!

A serving spoon in a large dish of strawberry banana pudding.

Recipe variations

  • Try different pudding flavors like butterscotch or chocolate!
  • Layer your pudding with different fruits like blueberries, raspberries, or mango.
  • Instead of mixing the whipped topping in with the pudding, do layers in between your pudding and fruit layers (I recommend this if making ahead!)
  • Top with different cookies like graham crackers or golden Oreos!
A small serving cup with strawberry banana pudding.

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A large serving dish of strawberry banana pudding.

Strawberry Banana Pudding

A sweet and creamy strawberry banana pudding layered dessert. Perfect for a lightened up, higher protein dessert or snack.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix regular or sugar free
  • 1/2 cup Whipped topping (Tru Whip or Cool Whip) regular or sugar free
  • 16 oz. strawberries sliced
  • 4 bananas sliced
  • 1/4 cup vanilla wafer cookies crushed

Optional

  • extra whipped topping or cookies for topping

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl mix milk, Greek yogurt and vanilla pudding mix until thoroughly combined. Let set for 5 minutes or according to pudding package instructions.
  • Next, mix in whipped topping to the pudding mix until combined.
  • In a large bowl or trifle dish, layer vanilla pudding, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, then another layer of pudding, strawberries, etc until the bowl is full. Top with crushed vanilla wafer cookies and more whipped topping if desired.

Notes

Note: If making this ahead of time, I recommend keeping the pudding and whipped topping separate and then adding layers of whipped topping in between pudding layers. This will ensure the pudding stays “set”.

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 746mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. How does this compare nutritionally to using heavy whipping cream? We did a keto diet and made a lot of sugar free pudding with 2/3 heavy whipping cream 1/3 milk.

    1. Heavy whipping cream is higher fat and higher calorie compared to these ingredients.

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