Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding – and Changing Me :)

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Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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.

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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.

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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.

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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 :)

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

 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.
Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

Yum diddly pudding! 

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

 Pour half of the pudding over.

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

Add the rest of the wafers. 

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

The rest of the crushed pineapple…

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

and the rest of the pudding. 

Now it’s time to make our meringue!

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

 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.  

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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 :)

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding - Old fashioned good doesn't get any better than this!

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

Enjoy :)

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding

Vanilla Wafer Pineapple Pudding


  • 1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1/3 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
  • Meringue
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Place egg yolks, milk, 1/2 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 1/2 of pineapple on top. Cover with 1/2 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. Danielle Morrison says

    My grandma is going to love this! She is not a banana fan but loves pineapple. I also really the love part in this post about changing your heart and ditching pop culture! Christy, you are such a mentor to me, I really appreciate you. Especially during this very difficult time in my life. Thank you!! <3

  2. berta says

    Your biggest fan from Traverse City, Michigan (me) thanks you for uplifting my spirit on days when I need it most. You are a treasure, my friend. Keep up the good work and again, thank you.

  3. Tricia says

    I’m one of those people who aren’t crazy about bananas any more. A result of my three pregnancies which included morning sickness the entire nine months. But I love pineapple & this dessert sounds delicious. Will certainly try it soon.

  4. Maggie B. says

    Um…yes please:-) I love pineapple and I love homemade banana pudding, so I am all about needing to try this!! This might be my new go to over pineapple salad!! Thanks. Keep sending us positivity…we need it.

  5. Jeff Winett says

    Dear Christy,
    First off, what you wrote regarding appreciating your blessings, and how you were able to change your reactions to life, versus changing life itself was so powerful for me. Thank you for this. You single handedly have made this anonymous internet world feel personal and warm.
    But now, to the pineapple dessert :)

    I have 2 questions:

    Do you recommend pineapple packed in juice, or the variety that is packed in syrup?

    I would like your thoughts about not baking the dessert at all, but popping it into the fridge with whipped cream, instead of meringue

    My best wishes and thanks,

  6. Kim S says

    Yummy! Such truth in your message it could be a sermon. So much to be thankful for. Yep, life’s hard; I’ve got problems. But on my worst day, there is grace and mercy if I choose to see it. It’s hard when you’ve been raised by someone who is negative. And to learn to replace that stinkin’ thinkin’ with an attitude of gratitude! But I’m consigning myself to it, and trying hard to raise my children to look for the little joys. And laughter! Find the funny!

  7. Susan the farm quilter says

    Christy, I just can’t imagine you being negative! You are the most positive person I know (even if it is only virtual)! You have been blessed with a wonderful ability to connect to so many of us through the words you write and uplift us with every post. Thank you for using your gift for the benefit of us all! This recipe is going with me to the next potluck dinner at church! Looks yummy!!!!!

  8. Becca H says

    Hi Christy, I really appreciate your message today. I completely understand where you are coming from. This issue cycles with me, hopefully the positive cycles seem to be longer than the negative. My grandmother would say that it’s the devil trying to steal my joy, she was probably very correct.

    On a lighter side, try the same pudding with fresh strawberries, it’s amazing!!! It’s good to see that you use the boiled custard recipe rather than pudding mixes.
    Thanks for all you do and keep it coming!

  9. Charlotte says

    I have a slighty different way of making pineapple pudding that is really good. Use chunk pineapples in juice. Drain juice and use juice in the pudding mixture. If there is not enough juice (2 cups) finish with milk. Also when I layer wafers and pineapple I sprinkle generously with flake coconut. Top with meringue and brown. Try it sometime its delicious.

  10. Denise in Dallas says

    Christy, this sounds delicious. I’m even thinking you could add some cherries with the pineapple and it would be delicious!

    You are so right about having an attitude of gratitude. I have so many things that God has blessed me with…even troubles are blessings because they help us to grow with God.

    God bless you and your family!


  11. Regina McAnally says

    I thought my mama and me were the only ones who ever made pineapple pudding. It always makes me happy to see that someone else does my favorite old time Southern dishes.
    I agree with your mama though about only using Nilla Brand wafers. While I wouldn’t pass up a bowl of it made with other brands, it’s just not the same – the texture is off. I guess it’s a southern thang – like always using White Lily Flour! haha

    • Stacey says

      I love pineapple pudding! My mom made it a lot for me growing up and I still make it occasionally. My husband says I’m the only person from the south who doesn’t eat banana pudding, but i love pineapple pudding! I used to work near a meat & 3 place that had pineapple pudding in its dessert rotation and I always got it!

  12. Barbara Miller says

    my word that sounds great and as soon as we get a spring thaw up here in the TN mountains I’ll go to the store and get the stuff to try it. love your post, particularly the end where you remind folks that they ought to “close (their) eyes, bow (their) heads and give thanks for all (their) blessings.” <3 you sweet lady…you are one of my blessings and I say a little prayer "for/for" you every day. :)

  13. Angie Herceg says

    This looks and sounds delicious. May make it this weekend for the kids. I saw you on Fox4 in Dallas the other week. I wish they had had you on for a long interview. I make your country casserole quite a bit, and love your new cookbook. You are an inspiration to us. Stay safe and grounded in the Lord.
    Angie H

  14. Janel says

    This sounds delicous! I love Banana Pudding but will try this soon as I can. Let me just tell you of one little change my husband likes me to make when I make Banana Pudding. He prefers that I use graham crackers rather than Vanilla Wafers. It still makes a DELICIOUS dish!

    Thanks for sharing your comments about negativity. It is so easy to be a negative person because we are surrounded by so much of it in our world and I think we have to work at not being negative. I believe that the Lord has blessed my life so much with so much goodness, and I am a much better witness for Him when I have a positive attitude and I am a much happier person.

  15. elaineraye says

    I have made the pudding in a similar fashion as a pineapple cream pie. I was sitting and thinking if I wanted to choose would I make banana or pineapple and it occured to me that I could use both for a tropical dessert and top it with toasted coconut.

  16. HEIDI says

    This sounds so good. I think I will add some cherries and coconut to it as well. thank you for all you do Christy. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. They are very much appreciated. Smile!

  17. says

    this looks yummy i love pineapple!

    i just want to thank you again for your positive attitude you bless me every day and to think of all you have gone through this year and to see how you stayed positive through it is amazing to me. God is so good.

    thankfulness is truly the key to getting out of a dark place of depression. i can attest to that in my life too.

  18. doris says

    Christy,Thanks for all you”re encouragement.I have also made this pudding using strawberry”s fresh or frozen will do just fine.I was wondering if I could send you some recipes,you could have them for free?

  19. connie says

    Wow, such a battle every morning, taking care of my 92 year old mother, the sameness, the battle to not get out of bed and under the cloud. And there’s a perfectly good day that’s not appreciated. Thanks! Its just good to hear that lots of us have the same battles, and the courage to be grateful is a choice.

  20. Jan Kalonick says

    Oh Christy, my mama would have loved you!!! This would have been right up her alley!!! She was a very special lady and I miss her more every day. I loved your post – and all I have to say is AMEN!!! Life is way to short to only think negative thoughts!! Praise God and live life to the fullest always putting His front and center in your life and the small things fall away when He is leading the charge!!

  21. Amanda M says

    I decided the same thing about negativity and my “attitude”. It just gets to be too…hard to be like that!! Energy-drainer! I’m gonna try this recipe although I don’t know if my “banana puddin’ purist” hubs will like me messing with banana pudding! :) BTW, where did you get your canisters for the flour and sugar? I need something just like that.

  22. Diane Kelley says

    YOU are a doll…thank you for your willingness to be honest and open with your fans.
    I am going to make this…can hardly wait. I secretly love pineapple way more than bananas! Such a clever idea! Keep up your great work. Hope to meet you someday.

  23. Winnie Mom says

    Been making pineapple pudding for quite some time. My hubby always liked Banana pudding but now I do pineapple with the bananas (also helps to keep the bananas from turning brown). Sometimes will toast coconut and put on top of the Meringue or even toasted pecans. So versatile but never use the instant stuff. Love your recipe for a better attitude. I have a saying on my desk that says “Attitude is everything” and so true. Keep up the inspirations and recipes.

  24. kay says

    I have made sixths and I love it. I was wondering if you or any of your readers have a recipe for a type of Rice Krispies treat that uses milk chocolate chips and Karo syrup in it. I can’t remember the recipe. I lost the recipe when we had a house fire years ago. The treats are different from marshmallow treats they are firmer but so good. I would appreciate any help. Thanks and keep the great post coming.

  25. Glenda says

    My mom has made this before and told me how to make it and even though I have wanted to I have not done it yet. When I saw that you did I had to check out yours and your photos. I don’t know if your recipe is exactly the amounts of hers or close as I would have to look at the recipe for banana pudding she shared with me. She didn’t write down the one for pineapple just told me to use pineapple in place of the nanas when i made it. Now, that I have seen yours, I am thinking of wanting to make it again. Maybe, soon I will finally make it and enjoy as though I love nana pudding I do love pineapple too and think I willl love this pudding for a change, Thanks for sharing and the reminder.

  26. Mama Jane says

    my attitude needed adjusting today. thank you so much for sharing your heart. it made me remember a list i made one time of all the things I was thankful for, no matter how goofy they might seem to other people. I need to find that and look back over it- and start a brand new one.

  27. Jennifer says

    I love this pineapple pudding and the banana pudding. We have several in the family who aren’t fans of Meringue so we top the puddings with crushed Nilla wafers or the Mini Nilla Wafers.

  28. Pam Williams Angerhofer says

    Christy Jordan! (Do y’all say “Jerden,” like yer ‘sposed to?). I did not KNOW you could just dump your ‘niller wafers in willy nilly! Mine are lined up like little soldiers, shoulder to shoulder (“…and bolder and bolder they grow as they GO-O to the foe….” “Stout-Hearted Men”) all right-side up and never overlapping in their ‘nanner puddin’ (I would NEVER put pineapple in a puddin’ – be a waste-a wafers! LOL).

    Blessings to you. I read every word of all 2600+ Southern Sayings posts, and got my eyes opened! We don’t even use the words _butt_ and _bull_, so ours are the Baptist version,

  29. says

    This looks divine!! And love your advice on attitude too! I’m a lifetime Weight Watchers always looking for easy ways to lighten up yummy recipes. So, I made a variation of this in the slow cooker that I can only describe as light and luscious! Thanks for the inspiration :-)


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