Classic Banana Pudding Parfaits

Pudding and wafers cookies are the building blocks of "icebox" or "refrigerator" cake. This recipe reinvents a classic as charming parfaits.

These Classic Banana Pudding Parfaits are the modern cousins of an “Icebox” or “Refrigerator” cake.  I remember my Father making something similar every summer.  He’d assemble it, pop it in the fridge and take a nap with the intention of diving into his dessert when he woke up. (He had lofty goals for his Sunday afternoon!)

This no-bake dessert relies on vanilla wafer cookies, vanilla pudding, bananas, and whipped cream.  This one goes together in a flash.  The only heavy lifting you’ll do is making the pudding which is guaranteed to be much more impressive homemade than it is from a cardboard box.

If you hopped on the mini dessert trend that started a few years ago with desserts in shot-glasses, you’ll want to break those babies out of the cabinet and use them to assemble these cute parfaits. If you don’t have enough shot glasses or they’re not dessert-worthy, small canning jars or even recycled glass yogurt jars will do the trick!

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Yield: 6 Servings
Difficulty: Easy


  • 4 Large Eggs, separated 
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar 
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 
  • 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon plus a pinch Salt 
  • 1 Cup Milk 
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 
  • 30 Vanilla Wafers
  • Whipped Cream, Sliced Bananas and additional Vanilla Wafers for garnish


  • Take 3 eggs and separate the whites from the yolks.  Place them into a bowl and add one whole egg.
  • Into a large Swiss Diamond Oval Casserole, over medium heat, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, and salt.  Stir in egg mixture, milk, and heavy cream.
  • Cook, uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring often until thickened.  
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  • Allow the mixture to cool slightly before assembling parfaits.
  • In a large Ziploc bag, crush Nilla Wafers.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of wafers into the bottom of a parfait glass or small jar.
  • Top with 2 tablespoons of pudding, followed by 2 more tablespoons of wafers and ending with 2 more tablespoons of banana pudding.
  • Top each glass with a Nilla wafer, slice of banana and a dollop of whipped cream.