Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding


Okay, so I got a bit excited about jars and handheld pi

es my last post. Individual desserts. Portable pies. Personal puddings. Endless possibilities.


Then Saturday I found some little jars and scooped them right up.

I wanted to make a banana pudding for my mom. Similar to this one that I usually make and that she loves.

I make it. She makes it and so does my sister. It’s easy and creamy. And cold. We like it cold.


I thought individual puddings would be fun to bring over on Mother’s Day, but I couldn’t wait to use the jars so she’s getting treats early.

Not all of them. I’m keeping one or two. You know for investigative purposes.

The jars work great to contain and carry desserts and definitely make a dessert more special.

This time I changed the pudding up just a little… adding peanut butter, cookies and chocolate.

And I started with a vanilla wafer crust.

Crush cookies. Mix with sugar and butter and press in the bottom.


The next layer was a melted mixture of chocolate and peanut butter.


And the next layer … vanilla pudding combined with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.


Fold it in to the pudding to make it light and creamy.


Then layer the pudding in the jars and fill it with banana and broken peanut butter cookie pieces. Drizzle more chocolate and add more pudding.


Looks good.


And then put a lid on it.

You can add your own custom label and make it more special. These canning jars can easily secure the label under the lid.

I love that I can carry these to my mom’s and she can have her own… but so can I. Win. Win.

So what does your mom like? Are you making her anything yummy for Mother’s Day?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding
Yield: 4 individual pint jars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

Prep Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes


  • 30 vanilla wafers
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 - 3.4 oz packages vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 8 oz. container COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed in refrigerator
  • Nutter Butters, about 16 broken in small pieces
  • 3 medium bananas
  • lemon juice
  • 4 - 1 pint glass jars with lids


  1. Crush the vanilla wafers in a food processor or in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin.
  2. Add sugar and melted butter and stir together until crumbly. Press the mixture into the bottom of glass jars.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave on medium. When melted, stir in the peanut butter until completely combined.
  4. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate on top of the crushed vanilla wafer base.
  5. To make pudding, combine pudding mixes with milk and beat with a mixer or wire whisk for two minutes. Slowly fold COOL WHIP Whipped Topping into the pudding. Don't over mix.
  6. Slice bananas and dip in lemon juice to help prevent them from turning brown too soon.
  7. Then layer bananas, cookies and pudding into the jar. Drizzle more chocolate and layer more pudding.
  8. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.


You can change this up as much as you like. Eliminate the peanut butter. Don't want chocolate? Want to try a different cookie? No problem. You can even forget about the crushed vanilla wafer base and go all pudding. But if you do want the base, you can also just use peanut butter cookies in place of wafers. I probably would have done that too, if I hadn't crushed my wafers too soon. : ) You can also just layer everything in one big dish.

Update: Mom loved them. But we both agree that the chocolate would be better if it were not layered on top of the crust. So first place some bananas, cookies or pudding and then a layer of chocolate so it won't such a hard surface to break through at the bottom.

And update 2: I didn't include the labels originally because the file crashed before I saved it. But I received several comments and emails that you would like it so I recreated it tonight for you.

Here you go: Pudding Jar Labels


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119 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pudding”

  1. Hello….
    I would love to purchase some of these MASON JARS…. I love the size.

  2. Where can I find these jars?

  3. Oh my, the banana pudding looks fabulous…. so decadent- bananas wold go brown though but stilll.. yum yum

  4. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog, and I LOVE IT!!! It’s the cutest! :)

  5. hello Bakerella,
    I am from France and I really like all your recipes
    For the chocolate peanut butter banana pudding, I just want to know where I can find the small nutter butter cookies?
    and what about the name and mark of this product.
    where did you by them?
    Thanks so much
    Laurence from France

  6. Love this! Thinking of doing itfor my sister’s shower, thanks for the idea and recipe:)

  7. Love this idea of the individual jars and the recipe sounds so yummy. Always good to bring over to a single homebound friend too!

  8. This is NOT GOOD!
    Just overly process junk food posing as a “must have” goodies.
    Make it from scratch!
    Think twice.

  9. Vanilla Wafers Ingredients:

    SOYBEAN OIL, — gmo!!
    HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, — awful !!! bad for your child’s brain development!
    PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, — awful !!! bad for your child’s brain development!
    NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, it’s another legit way to say this is GMO!!
    MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES (EMULSIFIER) — your body doesn’t need this!

    Vanilla Wafers packed with sugar, which feeds cancer.
    do you really need a cream on top?e

    Just eat the banana and be healthy

  10. It’s all wrong – all of the ingredients are GMO packed!
    snack is not healthy.

  11. Wow, they look amazing! I love all your recipes but i have been wondering how you make your labels? Can’t wait to make these!

  12. I love your treats and this is the first time I’ve seen your pudding treats! Where did you get your jars?

  13. Totally awesome! I’m sure these have a delectable taste and mouthfeel! Thanks for the post!

  14. I just had to link these up to my new blog because they are so amazing. Your so wonderfully creative. I just love you..

  15. I made these and let me say they were amazing. I own a VERY small cake business and we are expanding into more then just cakes/cupcakes/pies. I loved them but when we didnt eat them right away the bananas did brown alittle and the chocolate/peanutbutter did harden…in a way to hard to eat mannor… probably because we did put them in the fridge but hey its cool whip and pudding it needed to be kept cold… and we did give time out of fridge to thaw alittle….other then that if eaten close to the time of making they are fantastic

  16. Hey, Bakerella
    I just made my own blog called, Young City Baker
    I love to bake! I got all of my ideas from u!! I started to make cake pops just a month ago and everyone loved them!! Then I started to make cookies, cupcakes, and brownies!! I had to share them with other people!

  17. holy cow, these look amazing.

  18. Oh my goodness, this looks like the best banana pudding ever! Bookmarking this for sure, Kev would love it if I made this for him. :)

  19. This looks so delicious! I don’t have any cream with me, otherwise I would have made it. I’m eating a banana with chocolate and peanutbutter instead.:)

  20. Where did you find the labels??? Darling!

  21. I saw that and started thinking of elvis. It wouldn be cool to see a banana peanut butter bacon something.

  22. I made this for Mother’s day and I just wanna say how delish this was! Thank you again Bakerella, you’ve done it again!!!!!

  23. How extremely clever and delicious! I would love to have your creative mind for just one day!

  24. The dessert looks amazing! And I LOVE the labels. Where can I get a template to make similar labels for other spdesserts or canned goods?

  25. Such Genious!!!!! My kids have teddy bear picnics coming up at their school and I’m responsible for bringing treats for both. I just found out what I’m making. Thanks for all your inspiration!!!

  26. Omg. Ever since I got pregnant I have been craving chocolate, peanut butter, AND bananas, it’s like you read my cravings and now I want to drive thirty miles back into town to get the supplies. O.o

  27. I was going to make smore’s in a jar for all the mommies in my life for Mother’s Day but after seeing this recipe I’ve changed my mind! These are divine and so pretty!!!

    ***I would also like to know how far in advance these can be made?

    ***Also wondering if any of you have replaced the melted chocolate and peanut butter with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips?

    Thanks for helping me find the perfect treat that’s pretty as can be for all my mommies!!! xox <3

  28. Oh boy, those look so yummy and cute!! Where did you get those jars? Love the shape.

  29. this looks amazing.
    such a cute little gift as well!
    xo, cheyenne

  30. I love everything about this – pudding, chocolate, and peanut butter! YUM! The labels are beautiful!

  31. She loves meringue and lemon…. So I would like to surprise her with a LEMON PIE.
    I believe a very popular cake in the USA, Right?
    I’m searching a recipe :O) !!!

  32. That sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make that. Do you need to refrigerate that after you make it.?

  33. Mea culpa, I just saw that you used 4 1-pint jars. Thanks!

  34. Could you please share how many servings did this make, or jars did you use?

  35. My dad will LOVE this, thanks Bakerella!


  36. This looks so yummy! Great pictures as well

    xo Andrea

  37. LOL I was about to ask about the labels! :) Thanks, that idea is so cute! Yummy~~

  38. Oh my gosh!Get outa town.Individual banana puddings and chocolate and peanut butter.Now that’s a real treat.Yummy!

  39. This is a great shower/birthday favor idea for each guest to take home with them. I wonder if I would need to have these chilled before setting them out for each guest to take home with them.

  40. I’ve made the standard banana pudding and added chocolate chips, so this one will be next on my list. Unfortunately, next month because I swore off sugar for May.

  41. Get this in my mouth now! Wow! This looks so good, and super cute in those tiny jars!

  42. I love <3 this! I looked in the frig and the pantry and I found all the ingredients I needed. So I combined all the layers then I layered them in one dish and stuck it back in the frig last night. I ate a wonderful dessert tonight!!! :D

  43. You just inspired me to do this… Like RIGHT NOW! Please let us know where we can purchase these amazing little jars! :)

  44. Perty little puddin’s! These are very cute. :)

  45. I’m a mom. I think I will make these for myself. I’m sure my daughters wouldn’t like them anyway. ;-)

  46. I don’t normally comment on this sort of post – but seriously, where did you find those jars? They are adorable and the perfect size for desserts like this! I’m thinking teacher appreciation gifts…thanks for sharing!!

  47. Seriously!!?? This is awesome! What a great idea for desserts. I can picture taking them for a potluck. Imagine individual trifles??!!! The possibilities are endless for mini desserts. I will have to try this. Once again, thank you for a great idea. :o)

  48. this is the best thing ever.

  49. this is such a great idea, going to try these for picnics, girly nights instead of taking a bottle of something and the occasional posh packed lunch, they look so pretty!

  50. Chocolate peanut butter banana is my favorite flavor combination ever!!! I always get chocolate shakes with peanut butter and banana at ice cream places and everyone looks at me weird. Most people wouldn’t think of it, but I love it! Will definitely have to try these out sometime.

  51. This was amazing I made it last night and I can’t get enough. Now just to get the cute jars to make to-go versions :)

  52. wow – love it!

  53. Oh my! These look so good and the perfect individual dessert!

  54. Thanks for the labels!!

  55. Yummy! These look so delcious and super cute! I just love little treats like this! Thank you for sharing!
    My Mom really loves angel food cake. She has this special frosting that she makes to go on it, it’s delicious and I have never tasted anything like it before.

  56. Love, love,love this idea. Can you give us a download of your labels? Pretty please????
    Thanks for keeping me inspired!

  57. You had me at jar. I love just about anything in a jar, but here are all the food groups! Great idea!

  58. So cute and delicious looking! Fantastic idea and so versatile.

  59. I once used Nutter Butter cookies for a peanutbutter pie, and it was the most delicious thing! I would use those cookies again for the crumble bottom layer on this dessert. Looks amazing, Bakerella! :D

  60. oooooooh i’m going to do this with lemon curd and meringue cookies!

  61. Oh yum!! For mother’s day, I think I’ll do individual pies too, but make them less sweet as my (step)mother doesn’t quite like sweets. Then, I’ll cook and clean for her :]

  62. How do you make the labels? Love this idea!!

  63. love this!! Hope you are well! Miss you!

  64. Looks good, i’d make it without banana :D

  65. YUM, Bakerella you rocked my world with this! What a great combination of flavors — and I LOVE the presentation.

  66. OH OH this looks sooo good! Can’t wait to make it!

  67. You just made that store-bought cupcake on the edge of my desk far less tempting – thank you! = )

  68. These are great for a picnic!

  69. These look great for a picnic !

  70. GIRL – you have to tell me how you made the labels! But don’t think I’m not interested in the jar contents. . . .

  71. I love this! And it is such a win win, isn’t it? I always get nervous about pies and such because I don’t get a chance to taste it before others do to make sure it’s any good. This is a great idea!

  72. These are ADORABLE! Love the labels as well. So yummy!

  73. Thanks honey, I loved every bit of it. XOXO

  74. These look super tasty!


  75. Hey Bakerella, I cant wait to make this, Banana pudding, and chocolate/peanut butter are staples in our house, but never together, yet!

    Quick question, in this recipe you have milk, but in the other, you used sweenten condensed milk. Why would/did you use the condensed milk in the other recipe, and milk in this one? Just curious, as I haven’t used the condensed in puddings before, and love the sweetness of it.

  76. I am laughing, quite pleased that I chose the last book’s post correctly – I wanted you to do something out of the hand held pies book :D

    My auntie Jess used to make a wonderful banana pudding based on you and your mom and sis’ – I am going to make this one for mother’s day in her beautiful honor <3 Thank you, Bakerella :)

  77. The presentation is beautiful! I was just thinking of banana pudding, this is a must try! Love the Nutter Butter Cookies, yummy.

  78. Awesome…Simply awesome.

  79. Looks DIVINE!!!

  80. OH my, Angie, these look absolutely scrumdiliously delicious! Thanks for another amazing idea!

  81. I love whipped cream! and peanut butter! and chocolate! This is very tempting! And it looked perfect as a gift!

  82. So… if your mother doesn’t like them, you can give them to me. I’m happy to sacrifice myself.. They looks delicious! ;)

  83. So cute, and looks yummy!

  84. AWESOME! I’ve been looking for a party favor in mason jars, and I think thi smight be it! Also wondering about length of time they would stay good? (bad grammar sorry) And if bananas were taken out, how about the pudding and how long it would last?

  85. I know Barb already asked this: How far in advance can you make these before the bananas turn brown?

  86. yum, I love jar deserts, they are just the cutest!

  87. When I make a vanilla pudding custard like that (with the whipped cream), I always add about 4 oz. of cream cheese. It just makes it that much better!!! Sooooo hungry now!

  88. What a perfect dessert in a jar! They look so cute with those labels.

  89. I love this post! I was just thinking the other day that chocolate and peanut butter would be good in banana pudding and was going to create my own recipe.. now I don’t have to.. u did it for me!! Thanks!!

  90. That looks so cute!!

  91. That’s such a cute idea!

  92. Oh goodness, this looks too yummy! Love it!

  93. Oh my gosh those look so scrumptious and what a fantastic idea! I always love your posts! They are visually stimulating!

  94. Looks and sounds sooo good!

  95. Those are super cute! Mothers day in the UK was back in March, so we won’t be celebrating this weekend, but I’m sure I could think of a excuse to make this!

  96. Great packaging. The pudding looks delicious and the labels are great

  97. Oh my… these look sooo good!

  98. Too cute to eat!!!

  99. The jars are so cute and they are making the pudding look even more tempting!

  100. can I get a jar too please?!?! :)

  101. This looks sooo delicious!!

  102. Love! Can’t wait to try them!!

  103. They looks SO cute! I would like them for breakfast, lunch and dinner :)

  104. These look good. Is it a similar method for cupcakes in a jar. Friend of mine recently put up a pic of cupcake in a jar which she got as a gift.

  105. Oh, it looks so good and here in germany is someone, who can not stop say YUMI!

  106. Anything is better in a jar, and this sounds so delicious!

  107. How long do they last?

  108. Whoa, so much delicious packed in a cute little space! This sounds amazing!

  109. I like !

  110. wondering… do the bananas brown though if you don’t eat right away?

  111. Oh they look really delicious. I think I wanna try those if I can find all ingredients in Germany :)

  112. I am not a Cool Whip fan. If I was to make whipped cream, how much cream should I start with? Otherwise this looks fantastic!

  113. Oh My Goodness! These look so good! Your mother is a lucky one. :)

  114. These look SO. GOOD. I would love to have this with me at work…this would beat the 2pm blues like nothing else!

  115. This looks SOOO Good. I cant wait to try it sometime. Thinking about it really soon.

  116. This post is making me hungry!

  117. This looks so delicious! I’m allergic to bananas but I think I’ll try this recipe with blueberries or raspberries instead. Thanks!

  118. Those look SO cute! I love banana pudding- adding chocolate and peanut butter is a brilliant idea!

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