Banana Bread Pudding

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A delicious Southern dessert made with banana bread, banana slices, and walnuts.

This easy Banana Bread Pudding is a perfect dessert packed with banana and nut flavors!

A square white dish filled with Banana Bread Pudding surrounded by bananas

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So I have been making a lot of bread pudding recipes lately due to the large amount of homemade bread I have been making. And then feeding them to a bread pudding lover in the family.

A copper spoon scooping Banana Bread Pudding out of a white dish

I did not think I would EVER make a bread pudding that he liked more than my Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding, but this one is now his favorite! I was absolutely shocked that there was now a new number one, so I know it is GOOD!

A small plate with Banana Bread Pudding on it

What bread is best for Banana Bread Pudding?

I recommend using our Banana Nut Bread recipe for the bread in this pudding. Other banana breads such as Coconut Banana Bread are great alternatives! You can also use any plain bread, but I would suggest a dense bread, like a rustic bread, not French bread.

The lighter French breads will work, but they puff up a LOT in the oven and then completely collapse since they are mainly air. So to keep the volume and great texture, a dense bread for any bread pudding is best. I believe that the flavors and quality of the bread you use in this recipe is going to be one of the most important factors in how well it turns out.

A spoon sticking out of a banana dessert on a woven mat with bananas

If you do choose to use a lighter, airy bread like a French bread, you will want to plan to serve it right away when it still has a little volume to it and before it completely collapses. But even if it does collapse, it will still taste great, you will just get fewer servings since the volume and density is lower.

A spoon in a dish of bread pudding

Serve up the bread pudding with some ice cream, caramel, or whipped cream. But I find that just the pudding itself is perfect.

A plate of Banana Bread Pudding next to the serving dish


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Banana Bread Pudding

A delicious Southern dessert made with banana bread, banana slices, and walnuts.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 698kcal



  • Cut the bread into 1.5 inch cubes. Place in a 9x12 baking dish.
  • Slice the bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Add the banana slices and chopped walnuts across the bread chunks in the dish.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over the bread into the baking dish. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Bake the pudding on the lower middle rack until it is golden brown and puffing up around the edges, with a slight jiggle in the middle, approximately 45-50 minutes.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes before serving warm. Top with additional nuts, bananas, or caramel if desired. This pudding is great served with whipped cream or ice cream.


Our banana nut bread is best for this recipe because it brings extra flavor, but any type of bread will work, especially a crusty bread like rustic bread.  A 9.5 inch loaf of dense bread was the perfect amount to get 8 cups.
You can let the bread soak in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours if needed.


Calories: 698kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 250mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1679IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 2mg


By on July 13th, 2020

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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