Delicious and Healthy Diabetic Banana Pudding Recipe

It’s time to indulge in a classic dessert without the guilt. I present to you my Diabetic Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Recipe. This beloved Southern staple has been modified to meet the dietary needs of those with diabetes or anyone seeking a low-carb, sugar-free alternative.

With ripe bananas layered between sugar-free vanilla wafers and topped with creamy, velvety pudding, this old fashioned banana pudding recipe will transport you to a simpler time. But don’t be fooled by its nostalgic charm – this dessert is also diabetic-friendly and low in carbs.

I know that living with diabetes requires careful monitoring of sugar intake, but we should never have to give up the joy of indulging in a tasty treat while staying true to our dietary restrictions. And so, I created this Diabetic Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Recipe as a means of proving that enjoying desserts can still be possible for all us.

So, let’s whip out our spoons and dive right in! Whether it’s enjoyed after a meal or as a sweet snack on the go, this sugar-free banana pudding will hit the spot every single time.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Diabetic Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding
Diabetic Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Are you a fan of traditional banana pudding but hesitant to indulge due to its high sugar content? Look no further, my friend! This diabetic old-fashioned banana pudding recipe is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy diet.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s truly old-fashioned, taking you back to your childhood with each bite. But don’t let the “old-fashioned” label fool you—it’s been updated to meet today’s dietary restrictions without losing any of the classic flavor.

Made with nonfat milk and low-fat milk, this pudding is creamy and satisfying without adding unwanted fat. The sugar-free vanilla pudding mix used in this recipe is vegetarian, fat-free, and guilt-free. The banana slices nestled amongst the layers of creamy vanilla pudding and vanilla wafers are complemented by just the right amount of sweetness that won’t harm your diet.

Not only is this recipe sweet and delicious, it’s also versatile. You can tailor it to your preferences by using sour cream or whipped cream to create a southern-style banana pudding or by topping it off with meringue for a baked banana pudding vibe. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead and store for later use, making it perfect for those busy weeknights or last-minute gatherings.

So whether you’re looking for diabetic-friendly options or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, this recipe will satisfy your cravings while keeping you on track towards your goals. Trust me when I say, you won’t even miss the sugar!

Ingredient List

 A spoonful of comfort in every bite
A spoonful of comfort in every bite

Get ready for a sugar-free and diabetic-friendly trip down memory lane with this Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding recipe! Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 lg. box sugar-free, vegetarian, fat-free instant vanilla pudding mix (two 1.4 ounce packages)
  • 3 bananas sliced
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 40 vanilla wafers


  • For the best diabetic banana pudding, ensure that all products are sugar-free and low-carb.
  • If you prefer the Southern-style banana pudding, substitute the sugar-free vanilla pudding with an unflavored cornstarch + salt + half sugar cornstarch + half Splenda mix. Additionally, you could swap the low-fat milk for heavy cream and add in some sour cream or meringue as toppings.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect balance of sweet and creamy
The perfect balance of sweet and creamy

Now, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of making this Diabetic Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Recipe. That’s why I’m excited to walk you through some clear and easy steps. Trust me; you’ll have this dessert whipped up in no time!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Before we start cooking, ensure that you have all the essential ingredients for the recipe. Double-check if you didn’t miss anything from the following list:

  • 2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 (4 ounce) package vegetarian fat-free sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 medium-sized bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 box or 1 (3.6g) packet sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 30 pieces of vanilla wafers

Now that you have everything ready, let’s move on to the next step.


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the nonfat milk, sugar-free vanilla pudding mix, and low-fat milk until smooth.

  2. Cook over medium heat while whisking continuously for approximately 6 minutes until the pudding mix thickens.

  3. Take off the heat and let the mixture cool before chilling it in the refrigerator for an hour.

  4. Once chilled, layer a portion of vanilla wafers on a serving dish, top them with sliced bananas, followed by a thin layer of pudding.

  5. Repeat layers of vanilla wafers, bananas slices, and pudding until all ingredients are used up.

  6. To finish it off, cover the top with extra banana slices or crushed vanilla wafers.

  7. Chill your banana pudding in the fridge for at least two hours to set up or overnight if possible.

This recipe makes about twelve servings of luscious and healthy banana pudding that everyone will enjoy! If you desire to add a decorative touch with a little sweetness on top blend some whipped cream with sour cream or use meringue.

Fortunately, this dessert is not high maintenance as it can be made ahead of time, stored in an airtight container in the fridge and served without dipping into your limited time on another day.

Time to dig in!

Substitutions and Variations

 An old-fashioned treat with a diabetic twist
An old-fashioned treat with a diabetic twist

As a baker, it’s common to get creative with recipe substitutions and variations. Here are some ideas for modifying this diabetic old-fashioned banana pudding recipe:

– Milk: Instead of using nonfat or low-fat milk, try a dairy-free alternative like almond milk or soy milk. Keep in mind that using a higher fat milk will affect the calorie count and nutritional values.

– Pudding mix: For a vegetarian or vegan version of this recipe, opt for vegetarian fat free sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix.

– Sweeteners: To make this recipe even lower in sugar, try sweeteners like stevia, monk fruit or erythritol instead of the boxed sugar-free pudding mix that contain artificial sweeteners.

– Wafers: Use low-carb vanilla wafers or omit them altogether for a healthier option.

– Fruit: Feel free to add other fruits like strawberries, blueberries or peaches for a variation on classic banana pudding.

– Meringue topping: For a southern-style banana pudding experience, top your dessert with meringue instead of whipped cream.

Remember to always adjust your substitutions and variations to follow your dietary needs and to taste test as you go. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your own best diabetic banana pudding recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Sweet nostalgia in a bowl
Sweet nostalgia in a bowl

Now that your diabetic old-fashioned banana pudding is ready to serve, you might be wondering the best way to enjoy it. One thing is for sure: with its classic Southern flavor, it is perfect for any occasion!

To bring out the flavors in this timeless treat, I recommend pairing it with a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea. The warmth of the drink brings out the sweetness of the bananas and pairs especially well with the creamy vanilla pudding.

If you want to take your dessert game up a notch, consider serving your banana pudding topped with a dollop of whipped cream or sour cream. This adds a delightful tanginess and lightness that perfectly complements the richness of the pudding.

Of course, no classic banana pudding would be complete without a crunchy topping of vanilla wafers! I recommend arranging them on top of the pudding, letting them soak up all those delicious flavors until they are perfectly soft and melt-in-your-mouth.

Whatever your preference, this diabetic-friendly banana pudding recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and bring joy to everyone who tastes it.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The ultimate comfort dessert for any occasion
The ultimate comfort dessert for any occasion

As a diabetic-friendly recipe, this old-fashioned banana pudding can be easily adapted to fit your lifestyle. If you want to make this dessert ahead of time, simply prepare the pudding as directed, then layer the vanilla wafers and sliced bananas on top just before serving. You can also store the unbaked banana pudding in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 2 months.

To reheat the pudding, simply take it out of the fridge or freezer and let it come to room temperature before reheating it in the microwave or oven. If you are using a microwave, cook the pudding on high for 20-second intervals until hot. In the oven, cover the pudding with foil and bake it at 350°F for 15 minutes or until heated through.

If you prefer a firmer texture, let the pudding cool completely before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. To serve, simply remove it from the fridge or freezer and dip into individual cups or bowls. Top with whipped cream or meringue and enjoy!

Be mindful that this recipe includes ingredients like low-fat milk and vegetarian fat-free sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix which make it an ideal option for individuals with diabetes who want to satisfy their sweet tooth while keeping track of their carb intake. The best part? It tastes just as delicious as any other southern-style banana pudding does!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A healthier version of a classic pudding
A healthier version of a classic pudding

As a diabetic-friendly recipe, this old-fashioned banana pudding offers a delicious way to enjoy a classic dessert without sacrificing health goals. With the right techniques and tips, you can make this recipe turn out perfectly every time. In this section, I’ll share some tips for ensuring you get a tasty and satisfying result!

Firstly, when making the pudding, it’s important to use the correct type of milk. The recipe calls for a combination of low-fat and nonfat milk. Using whole milk in place of these options will increase the fat content and calories in the dessert. Additionally, if you’re using sugar-free vanilla pudding mix, check that it’s vegetarian and fat-free.

Secondly, be sure to keep an eye on the pan while cooking the pudding mixture. Using medium heat is essential for thickening the pudding without overcooking or burning it. When stirring the mixture, do so constantly so that lumps don’t form.

Another tip is to layer consistently in your dish. Use equal amounts of bananas, vanilla wafers, and pudding in each layer for even distribution of flavor and texture throughout each serving. You can also chop up some extra bananas and sprinkle them on top before placing the dessert in the refrigerator.

Lastly, consider experimenting with different variations of this recipe. For example, you could try adding some sour cream to create a Southern-style banana cream pie flavor or topping it off with meringue for a baked banana pudding twist.

By following these tips and being mindful of ingredient substitutions, you’ll achieve perfect results every time with this diabetic-friendly old-fashioned banana pudding recipe!


Now that you know how to prepare this delicious diabetic old-fashioned banana pudding, you might have some questions about the recipe. Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) with answers to help guide you through any issues you may encounter along the way. Check them out to ensure that your pudding turns out perfectly each time you make it!

Is sugar free pudding OK for diabetics?

If you’re looking for a sweet dessert option without disrupting your blood sugar levels, consider trying sugar-free gelatins and puddings. While they don’t provide any nutritional value like fruits do, consuming a small portion of these treats can satisfy your craving for something sweet without adding on the carbohydrates. Keep in mind that moderation is key when enjoying these sugar-free desserts.

What is the best dessert for type 2 diabetes?

As a baker’s assistant, I have compiled a list of delicious and healthy treats that you can easily prepare at home. These include fresh fruit paired with sugar-free granola, a trail mix of nuts, seeds, roasted pepitas, and dried cranberries, and graham crackers topped with nut butter. You can also indulge in angel food cake, chia seed pudding, low sugar avocado mousse, and frozen yogurt bites made with plain Greek yogurt and berries. These treats are not only tasty but also nutritious.

How to make Paula Deen banana pudding?

For this recipe, you will need a 12-ounce container of thawed frozen whipped topping or the same amount of sweetened whipped cream, a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, an 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese, 2 cups of milk, a 5-ounce box of instant French vanilla pudding mix, 6 to 8 sliced bananas, and 2 bags of chessmen cookies.

Is banana pudding high in carbs?

In this recipe, we will be creating a delicious banana pudding that features the classic addition of vanilla wafers. The final product will have a total of 28.6 grams of carbohydrates, 27.4 grams of net carbs, 3.6 grams of fat, 3.6 grams of protein, and 156 calories.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this diabetic old-fashioned banana pudding recipe will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also offer you a guilt-free dessert option that won’t spike your blood sugar levels. With simple ingredients like sugar-free vanilla pudding mix, bananas, and low-fat milk, this dessert is perfect for anyone following a healthy lifestyle. You can enjoy it without the immediate negative effects of regular high-sugar desserts.

Therefore, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try especially if you are looking for a low-carb and diabetic-friendly banana pudding option. And don’t worry, the old-fashioned flavor of this dessert is not lost in the sugar-free aspect. Give your taste buds a treat with this classic southern-style dessert that has been made healthier without sacrificing the taste or texture that makes it so beloved!

Diabetic Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Diabetic Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Recipe

Old southern favorite, made low-calorie! From ADA.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Diabetic-friendly
Keyword: < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Potluck, Summer, Tropical
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 191.7kcal


  • 1 (4 ounce) package sugar-free vanilla pudding or (4 ounce) package vegetarian fat free sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups nonfat milk or 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • 2 large bananas, sliced


  • Cook pudding and milk over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it boils, then remove from heat.
  • Place 2 cookies on bottom of each of six custard dishes.
  • Alternate layers of bananas and pudding, starting and finishing with bananas.
  • Chill before serving.

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Serving: 157g | Calories: 191.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 1.6mg | Sodium: 436.3mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 10.2g

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