These Banana Pudding Popsicles are creamy, indulgent and refreshing. They are a King of Pops copycat recipe made with fresh bananas and vanilla wafers! These have all your favorite banana pudding flavors in a popsicle!
Easy & Creamy Banana Popsicles
These Banana Pudding Popsicles were inspired by the Banana Puddin’ popsicle from King of Pops. As you know, I love my Banana Pudding so I had to try their Banana Puddin’ flavor and once I fell in love, I knew I had to recreate it. When I did a quick search, I realized they had actually shared it themselves! Crazy! And fortunate!
I first had a King of Pops pop years ago at a work event and fell in love. King of Pops started in Atlanta and now have expanded to other states, but actually started with an old popsicle push cart. You can check out their site to learn more (and even order their pops), but their humble beginnings are pretty cool. Banana Puddin’ has always been my favorite flavor, but all I have tried have been good.
So, I made these pops following their recipe, but substituting a few things for ingredients that you are more likely to have on hand. The first thing I changed up was the milk. They use whole milk and I used 2%. You could totally use either, I just tend to have 2% on hand and it worked beautifully. They also used a vanilla bean, I just used vanilla extract. And for the sweetener, they used organic evaporated cane juice and I just used regular white sugar. Finally, they listed bite-size vanilla wafers and I used regular sized. You could do it either way.
The end result? These pops are awesome! Deliciously creamy and full of flavor! SO easy to make and they taste exactly like the real thing – it’s their recipe after all! The little substitutions didn’t make a difference (that I could tell). The perfect pop for summer!
What You’ll Need
These banana pudding popsicles are made with just 6 simple ingredients that you likely have on hand! As I mentioned, I intentionally made substitutions to make this recipe easily accessible to everyone!
- Milk – You can whole use milk or 2%.
- Heavy cream – Helps to make these popsicles extra creamy!
- Vanilla extract – You can also use a vanilla bean instead of the extract if you’d like.
- Sugar – Regular white sugar is all you need!
- Bananas – Bananas will be blended into the “pudding” and sliced cross-wise.
- Vanilla wafers – You can use regular or bite-sized wafers.
How to Make Banana Pudding Popsicles
These homemade popsicles come together in a few easy steps. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!
- Heat the liquid ingredients and sugar. Combine milk, cream, extract and sugar over low heat until warm. Remove and let cool.
- Add bananas. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend with 2 whole bananas until smooth.
- Make the popsicles. Place slices of banana and vanilla wafers in each popsicle mold, then pour in the milk mixture. Add the popsicle sticks, pressing about half-way down. Freeze for about 8 hours before enjoying.
Tips for Success
Making these homemade popsicles is beyond easy! Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Allow them to freeze completely. I know it’s super tempting to pull one out of the freezer after just a few hours but you really want these to freeze and set before enjoying one! Otherwise, you’ll end up with a mess.
- Use ripe bananas. For this recipe, I definitely recommend using those elusive perfectly ripe bananas. You want one that’s ripe and sweet but not so ripe that it has brown spots.
- Use pure vanilla extract. Since the vanilla is such a noticeable flavor in these popsicles, I recommend using a pure vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla.
These banana pudding pops are perfect for any summer occasion. (Or, really, any occasion!) Keep them in the freezer until it’s time to eat them, as they will melt quickly if it’s hot out. Then enjoy! As dessert, as an afternoon snack, at home, by the pool…anywhere, anytime!
How to Store
You can keep these banana pops in the popsicle mold for a few days. However, if you don’t use them up before then, transfer to individual freezer bags to help them stay fresh.Print
A King of Pops copycat recipe, these Banana Pudding Popsicles are creamy, indulgent and refreshing. With fresh bananas and vanilla wafers, these have all your favorite banana pudding flavors in a popsicle!
- 2 cups milk (whole or 2%)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 4 ripe bananas, 2 whole and 2 sliced crosswise about 1 inch thick
- 16–20 vanilla wafers
- In a saucepan on low heat, combine milk, cream, vanilla extract, and sugar. Heat until warm throughout. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour the liquid into a blender. Add 2 whole bananas and blend the mixture until smooth.
- Place two slices of banana and two vanilla wafers each into popsicle mold, then pour the milk mixture into each mold.
- Place one popsicle stick in each mold, pushing it about half-way down. Freeze until firm, or about 8 hours.
Recipe from King of Pops
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