Dreamland BBQ Southern Banana Pudding (Copycat)

Dreamland BBQ Southern Banana Pudding (Copycat) by AL blogger My Life Well Loved

Dreamland BBQ Southern Banana Pudding (Copycat) by AL blogger My Life Well Loved

Check Out The Southern Banana Pudding Recipe Below!

Happy Easter, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating our Savior coming to this world, living a perfect life, dying a perfect death for our sins, miraculously beating death and allowing us a way to have a relationship with our God. My second favorite thing about Easter is spending time with my family, celebrating our love for each other and of course, delicious food!

Our church service at Brook Hills was SO incredible today. The sermon was called, “THE MOST ASTOUNDING CLAIM IN ALL OF HISTORY.”

In David Platt’s sermon, he talked about how Jesus claims to be the ONLY way to get to Heaven. This is astounding to some and to others offensive. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 The outline which you can see online in the notes answers these questions:

“Do you believe His claims?”

A more important question: “Will you receive His love?”Ā 

and the most important question: “Will you call Him Lord?

The video testimonies and music had tears streaming down my face, overwhelmed by Jesus’ love and I hope you feel just as wrapped up in that love this week.

(My sweet sister and I! Memories from Easters past when we could take a photo without kiddos running all over the place, ha!)

Holly & Heather Easter

I’m sharing the Southern Banana Pudding recipe I made with you below! It’s time to put some SOUTH in your mouth! This is one of my most FAMOUS and requested recipes in my family and friend circle. I have made this Southern banana pudding every Easter for the past 4 years! I went on a hunt to make a recipe that tasted similar to Dreamland BBQ’s Southern Banana Pudding.

Although this Southern banana pudding recipe doesn’t taste quite the same as the original, it’s a pretty good copycat recipe and it’s super simple! Dreamland Style Banana Pudding is a southern treat not to be missed. It is so thick, creamy and rich and well worth every calorie to splurge on this lip-licking dessert.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Dreamland Style Banana Pudding Copycat
  • 1 large pkg Jello-O vanilla pudding (5.1 oz)
  • 1¾ c milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ā€Ø8 oz heavy whipped cream
  • 1 box of Vanilla Wafers
  • 4 bananas
  1. Mix together vanilla pudding and milk for 2 minutes with whisk.
  2. Stir in 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Add in heavy whipped cream.
  4. Layer bananas and vanilla wafers (big crumbled pieces) in bottom of pan.
  5. Cover with pudding mixture.
  6. Repeat layers until complete.
  7. Crumble wafers for topping.
I CANNOT even explain to you how much I want you to make this Dreamland Style Southern Banana Pudding. It is SO good.

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  1. Avatar April 21, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Found you via Yoplait challenge. This looks delish! Definitely want to try it out. – J

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    Ginny McMeans
    April 21, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    People are going to go crazy over this pudding!

  3. Avatar April 21, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    Banana pudding is my fave. I’ve never been to Dreamland BBQ but I still want this! It sounds like it was a wonderful church service. He is Risen!

  4. Avatar April 22, 2014 / 4:58 am

    Bananas + sweetened condensed milk + heavy whipping cream….oh yeah, I’m all over that! šŸ™‚

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      April 27, 2014 / 9:23 pm

      HAHA, right, Nicole?! It’s nice to have a splurge like this every once in a while.

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    April 25, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    How many will this recipe serve? I can’t wait to make it for a potluck!

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      April 27, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      It served my family of 8 with plenty of leftovers. I would say 12 to be safe but you may still have extra! šŸ™‚

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        April 30, 2014 / 10:09 am


  6. Avatar May 1, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    I love Dreamland’s banana pudding! I’m going to have to try this recipe now.

  7. Avatar June 16, 2014 / 10:58 am

    YUM! sharing on my Moore or Less Cooking Facebook Page! Nettie

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    Susan M
    June 16, 2014 / 10:15 pm

    It’s always SO delicious when you make this!! Maybe it is time for a family gathering just so we can have some šŸ™‚

  9. Avatar July 2, 2014 / 1:12 am

    This looks absolutely fantastic! What a perfect summer dessert šŸ™‚

  10. Avatar July 3, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on Kitchen Dreaming.com ! I hope to see you there! pinned

  11. Avatar March 4, 2015 / 6:14 am

    I love Banana pudding. Love it. I mean….love it! But I haven’t made it in so so long! THis easter might be it!

  12. Avatar March 4, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    It doesn’t get more Southern than banana pudding and Jesus! Happy Ressurection Day!!!!

  13. Avatar March 4, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    I think my second food group when I was little was Banana PUdding! This looks heavenly.

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      March 4, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      He is in for a REAL treat then. šŸ˜‰

  14. Avatar March 6, 2015 / 9:04 am

    I love banana pudding! I think that I ma have to give this recipe a try. I’ve never made banana pudding for myself before. I’ve always just let others do it.

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    March 28, 2015 / 7:31 am

    I love Dreamland’s Banana Pudding and I’m so thankful I found this recipe. I have a question. Should I buy the heavy whipping cream and whip it and then fold into the pudding mixture? Or would cool whip work? What do you use?
    Thank you.

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      March 28, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Hi Carol!
      Thanks for leaving a comment. Yes, that’s what I use is the heavy whipping cream. I think it’s what makes it taste better! If you try Cool Whip though, let me know what you think!

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        Mary Jo
        May 29, 2017 / 10:16 am

        So did you whip the cream first and fold it in or did you just add the heavy cream without making it whipped cream?

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          May 29, 2017 / 3:13 pm

          I don’t make it whip cream. Just fold it in, so easy! šŸ™‚

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    June 13, 2016 / 5:51 am

    I made this for our last family gathering and although it was delicious it was very soupy. I followed the recipe exactly. Any ideas?

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      June 13, 2016 / 4:02 pm

      Hi Pam! Thanks so much for your kind comment and I hate to hear it turned out a bit soupy. I wonder if perhaps a little less milk would have done better or whisking it for longer? I typically whisk all the pudding, whipping cream and condensed milk for a little longer than I think. I hope this helps and that you can enjoy it again soon!

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    January 8, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Do you wip the heavy cream or just pouur it in?

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      January 9, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Hey Yonce, I just whip it as I’m stirring it all together to mix it. šŸ™‚

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    May 14, 2017 / 11:17 am

    This has become my family’s favorite dessert. And so easy! Hardest part is to stop myself from licking the bowl!

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    Brandy Thornton
    November 22, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    HI! Do you use regular pudding mix or instant? Thanks šŸ™‚

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      November 22, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Hey Brandy! We typically use instant but my father-in-law bought the cook and serve tonight and it worked just fine. šŸ™‚

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        Brandy Thornton
        November 23, 2017 / 7:41 am

        Thanks so much for replying so quickly! Iā€™m making this today for my mom. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving šŸ™‚

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    January 12, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Can bananas be dipped I. Lemon to prevent browning with affecting the taste?

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    November 4, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    What kind/flavor of pudding do you use? Ive noticed that some come out really yellow looking and some more of a white. For some reason i like the yellow better.

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      November 5, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      JELLO brand vanilla! ENJOY!

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    Troy D. Benitone
    December 12, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    Can you give us a clue on how to make the CHOCOLATE DREAM version of it as well?

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