Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding – and Changing Me :)


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In this post, you’ll learn: 

  • How easy it is to make a custard from scratch
  • How to make a perfect meringue with ingredients you have on hand
  • How to change your attitude when you find yourself becoming a negative person

Homemade, from scratch, banana pudding is about the best thing on the planet when it comes to good eats. But occasionally, I happen upon someone who doesn’t like bananas, so they avoid this amazing dessert. No worries! There is more than one way to make this pudding!

Crushed pineapple is an excellent substitution for banana and the light sunshiney flavor is perfectly complemented by the homemade custard. This is great when folks don’t care for bananas or if you don’t have any on hand since canned pineapple is nice and shelf stable. Banana pudding aficionados don’t skip a beat when you place this before them, either. My kids can attest to that – and they usually don’t like pineapple!

But before we get in the kitchen, I’m gonna share my heart with you a bit.

Have you ever woke up with a sense of dread?

I used to do that pretty much every day. It was self inflicted, really, a habit I formed over time due to my own thoughts and actions.

No one was to blame. My life wasn’t horrible. I wasn’t going through any particular agony of note. In fact, if I were to have stood back and objectivally looked at my life I would have had to admit that a good majority of my dreams had already come true and I really had it pretty darn good, especially compared to the majority of the world. A roof over my head, a good husband, and two healthy children. What more could I ask for?

So what was wrong? My attitude.

I got in a habit, which is easy to do, of looking for the negative. Often in today’s society, it is actually the “in” thing to do with pop culture encouraging us to be snarky, sarcastic, and complain about things – to raise ourselves up by feeling superior (which is why I have ditched pop culture but that is a story for another day).

So what did I do? First of all, I admitted that I was the problem. I’ve found that folks who aren’t willing to do that spend lifetimes digging deeper and deeper holes as they slowly bury themselves and blame the world for it.

Then, I went back to my roots, followed the example of my ancestors that the Lord set before me, got over myself, and changed my thinking. It was a process, but it began with only one step and when I dedicated myself to repeating that one step it eventually picked up speed and snowballed.

What was the step? I decided to look for things to be grateful for.

Cultivating a grateful heart has improved every single aspect of my life far more than I could have ever imagined.

But it started with me realizing that I couldn’t change the world…

but I could change me.

So I did.

Now let us make some pineapple pudding.

You’ll need: Vanilla Wafers, Flour, Milk, Sugar, Crushed Pineapple, Eggs, Salt, and vanilla.

My mother says you have to buy name brand Nilla wafers and I do agree with her, they really are the best. However, if my budget doesn’t allow, I have no problem with buying generic at 50% of the cost of name brand. Once you drown them in this yummy pudding, no on will know the difference unless you tell them.

To begin with, crack and separate your eggs, whites in one bowl and yolks in the other.

It is important that you not get any yolks in your whites because we are going to whip those up into a meringue later and if they have yolks in them, it won’t work. However, if you do get yolks in them, you can just go ahead and leave the merginue off (or if you just want to leave the meringue off!) and serve it plain or with a whipped cream topping as well.

In a medium saucepot, combine your milk, flour, sugar, and eggs.

Put this over medium heat and stir constantly until it is smooth, creamy, and thickened.

This will probably take 10-15 minutes so you can use this time to call your Mama or finish learning the words to that rap song you want to be able to sing in order to increase your effectiveness at embarassing your teenager.

We must always make time for the important things

 Once that is all thick and creamy and delicious, pour in your vanilla.

This is the step I pretty much always forget whenever I am making a homemade pudding on TV so if you ever see me doing that on a tv show, you’ll notice that I position the vanilla so that it is completely in my way during cooking to help me remember it.

Yum diddly pudding! 

Place half of the vanilla wafers in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish.

 Spread half of the crushed pineapple (undrained) over this. 

 Pour half of the pudding over.

Add the rest of the wafers. 

The rest of the crushed pineapple…

and the rest of the pudding. 

Now it’s time to make our meringue!

 Place egg whites in a perfectly clean mixing bowl.

It has to be totally clean because if there is any greasy residue it will keep the meringue from setting up.

The last time I showed some cracked eggs there was a whole long conversation in the comments about whether or not folks should leave that little white part in. This is an easy one for me – I’m too busy cooking supper to fret over a natural part of the egg but if it bothers you, by all means fish it out. When you find something so easy to change that will just right your world in some way, by all means, change it!

To make meringue:

  • Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. This means, when you pull the beaters out of it, there is a peak of meringue sticking up where the beaters were and it collapses down a little after you remove the beaters.
  • Add sugar. Beat until still peaks form. This means, when you pull the beaters out of it, there is a peak of meringue sticking up where the beaters were and it stays sticking up.
  • You can see photos of making a meringue on this post.  

Spread the meringue over the top of your pudding, taking care to make sure it touches the sides of the pan on all sides.

This prevents it from pulling back from the sides while it bakes.

Place in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or just until the meringue is browned. Check it often while cooking.

I prefer to serve this immediately while it is still warm but you can wait a bit or even serve it cold later, but please try warm and fresh first

Before you dig in, take a moment to close your eyes, bow your head, and give thanks for all of your blessings.


Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding
  • ½ cup sugar (or Splenda)
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ cup sugar
  1. Place egg yolks, milk, ½ cup sugar, flour, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook until thickened - about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  2. Place half of wafers in bottom of 8x8 baking dish. Spread ½ of pineapple on top. Cover with ½ of custard. Repeat.
  3. Place egg whites in clean mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer until soft peaks form (see post for more clarification on this). Add sugar. Beat again until stiff peaks form. Spread over top of pudding and take care to make sure the merginue touches the sides all around. Place in 350 oven until top is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
  4. Best if served warm.

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  1. Betty says

    You really must try this with fresh strawberries instead of bananas or pineapple. My Mom-in-Law made it for years when the strawberries were ready. She mashed and sweetened them the night before, and proceeded as she did with the banana puddings she made. Marvelous !!

  2. Jean says

    You are a true blessing to all…….thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes and your wonderful heart for others. May God continue to bless you and all your family….also tell Katie Rose “you go girl” on the piano.

  3. Janel says

    Thank you, Christy, for sharing yet another delicious sounding recipe. I love Banana Pudding, but I also love pineapple and I can’t wait to try this. By the way, if any of your readers are like my husband and don’t care for Vanilla Wafers, graham crackers are a very good substitute.

    Thank you, too, for sharing so many wonderful and meaningful quotes and Scripture verses. I pray God will continue to bless you because of your faithfulness to speak out for Him.

  4. Lisa Jones says

    Christy, This is always my favorite over banana pudding. I would even eat it without the meringue. I love it when Mother makes it and we get to eat it warm. Oh Delicious!!

  5. Karen from says

    Well don’t that just beat all! Finally a banana-less pudding I will love! My whole family loves bananas, except me. So, you know how it is. I make banana pudding for all of them & then fish out the bananas! I can’t wait to sneak this one in on them. I’m sure we will all love it! Since we are from northeast Mississippi, we still love all this wonderful home cooking. My middle daughter told me one time after she & a boyfriend broke up, “It wasn’t going to work out anyway. His Mama didn’t make cornbread like you.” :)

  6. Helen says

    Every once in awhile my daddy would add a small can of crushed pineapple to his banana pudding. This is the recipe I use for my banana puddings and it is a comfort food for my.

  7. Paula Reese Williams says

    I love banana and pineapple puddings. I’ll have to try using crushed pineapple, I always used chunk pineapple.

    I have found that, instead of standing over the stove, stirring constantly, I cook mine in the microwave instead. I mix all my ingredients just like I would if I were cooking it on the stove but in a microwave safe bowl.

    I cook it on high, starting for 3 minutes. Take it out and stir it with a whisk. Put back in microwave at 1 minutes increments, stirring after each, until mixture is ALMOST as thick as you want it. I say almost because it thickens a little after the last cooking.

    No more scorching, burning or sticking. I also make a homemade chocolate pudding in the microwave.

  8. Tami says

    I love bananas, but only plain and right out of their skin…so I have been making Pineapple Pudding for about 30 years now!!! And people look at me like I am crazy when I say that is what I have brought to a potluck…and then they taste it and are like wow, I want your recipe!!! I just laugh and say replace well drained crushed pineapple where you would use bananas in your banana pudding recipe…Thanks for confirming I am not a crazy person!!!!

  9. Beth says

    I am sitting here in tears because I found this recipe. My grandmother used to make this same dessert but with Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies. It was always my favorite and I’ve never seen a similar recipe. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ve made my day!

  10. Kerrye says

    Tell your mom that my mom agrees on the Nilla wafers. A few years ago they changed their recipe and my mom had a fit. She called the company and gave them a piece of her mind. Pretty sure they didn’t change it back 😉 but were very sweet and told her how much they appreciate their loyal customers.

  11. Avis says

    We used to alternate between bananas and pineapple for puddings as they are both very good. I have also in a “pinch of time” just layered wafers and pineapple in a bowl and refrigerated for about an hour for a quick dessert. I love your recipes and your sweet words of inspiration.

  12. Mike says

    I have to say that I cheat and use the prepackaged vanilla pudding but I am going to incorporate some of your ideas. I have had the combo of banana and pineapple pudding in the past at reunions, etc. (Ga, SC). Fantastic! I have to make some for my singing group, the West Point Alumni Glee Club, for an upcoming event. Most of us are geezers who were better soldiers than singers but we have fun and try to bring some awareness to the public about our guys coming home and needing jobs. Any hints on making enough for 30 guys and their wives? I just don’t want it to be watery which could possibly happen if I leave in too much of the pineapple juice. Of course, the meringue is key but I think I have that down pretty well after learning that you have got to use real eggs – the egg whites in a carton are apparently pasturized or something and will not whip up.

    • says

      When I figure on feeding around 50 people I guess that only around half will eat it…unless this is the only dessert. So, in saying that, I would probably make 3 times the recipe. If this will be the only dessert I would make about 5 times the recipe. Hope this helps and you have a wonderful time at your event!

  13. Winnie Mom says

    Banana Pudding or Pineapple pudding is always best homemade like your recipe. Sometimes I put the drained pineapple in the pudding layering the vanilla wafers and bananas. Sometime will also add toasted coconut to the pudding or put on top of the meringue. Then I call it Hawaiian pudding. Always a hit no matter which way i make it.
    Thanks for all the good recipes that can be tweaked depending on family choices.

  14. Tina says

    Christy, love the sound of this recipe but not a big fan of meringue. If I used cool whip instead, should I still put it in the oven and then add the cool whip? Or, skip the oven completely since I’m assuming that’s mostly for the meringue? Thanks for all of your thought provoking posts and delicious recipes! :)

  15. Mary Glynn says

    Thank you! Thank you! I have looked for this recipe for 50 years!! My childhood friend’s grandmother served this when I visited one time and I fell in love with it. I’m surprised the recipe isn’t more available because it’s so good.

  16. Annette Crossley says

    This Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding Desert is made exactly like my mom and big moma made,only with bananas in their delicious homemade banana pudding. They would always make their pudding from scratch like yours Christy, only using the old fashion butter cookies,instead of vanilla wafers. This is a great refreshing desert. Thank You Christy for the wonderful recipes and inspirational quotes. Be Blessed!

  17. Deirdre Henry says

    Oh-My what a delicious looking pudding. We don’t get those vanilla wafers here or crushed pineapple so I shall have to save this until my Son and his Wife go to America for their next holiday.
    I love your site, you seem to be such a nice person, kind and religious. Keep up the good work.
    God Bless.

  18. Charlotte Moore says

    I live bananas, pineapple, and coconut. A coconut pudding is wonderful. I am not crazy about the wafers though. Don’t like them when they get soggy.


  19. Mike Bishop says

    Years ago, when I was driving truck, I used to stop at a truck stop in South East Alabama, and they often times had hot banana pudding. and some days had it made with pineapple mixed in it. It did not last long. either way.

  20. margie says

    Christy, could you possibly double this recipe for a 9 x 13 pan? This would be enough to take to a church supper. It sounds wonderful. I know your banana pudding is – and this should be equally as good. Thanks for your opinion about doubling the recipe.

  21. Rachel Fowler says

    Hi, Christy! I love to save your recipes in my ZipList recipe box. Previously there was a ‘button’ to click on your recipes to send them to the ZipList recipe box but I don’t see it for this recipe. Has the ZipList ‘button’ vanished?


  22. Pennyspintucks says

    Thank you SO much! I’ve been thinking of and wanting pineapple pudding as my Grandmother used to make it. YUM… she’s been gone for 18 years and I miss her so much. It made my mouth water to look at the pictures! I know what I’ll be making this weekend. 😉

  23. Alice says

    Christy I love all puddings. Have a favorite persimmon pudding. It is a James Beard award recipe that’s easy to make, I think. I also like the pineapple pudding and I make a coconut pudding that is made by the same Banana pudding recipe that’s on the box.
    Attitude sin is another sin I have wrestled with during my life. I also came to understand that I could chose to have a bad attitude or I could chose to have a good one. Andit works! There is a saying I repeat every day. “when you chose to sin you chose to suffer”. Amen?

  24. Mary says

    Dear Christy,
    You are often an inspiration to me and this post was no different. My daughter has recently left another rehab (heroin) and I had to tell her I couldn’t have her in my life if she continues to use. This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do but reading this post reminds me that I have so much to be grateful for. My marriage is solid, my other two children are happy and healthy and I have a wonderful and loving family. Thanks for your words, recipes and love.

    • says

      Hey Linda! I’m so sorry you are having problems with this. The document is a simple pdf file, which is pretty much universal on computers at this point: easiest option to open and print. It may be that you don’t have a pdf reader on your computer. If that is the case, it would prevent both of these from happening but you can download it free at Hope this helps!

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