Banana Bread Pudding

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This Banana Bread Pudding is sweet, lightly spiced, and topped with a creamy homemade bread pudding sauce. It’s delicious for dessert or a decadent breakfast!

slice of banana bread pudding with banana slices on top

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: This bread pudding captures all of the sweet, spiced flavors of classic banana bread, in an old-fashioned bread pudding. It’s great to serve a crowd too!

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Why do they call it bread pudding?

It’s called bread pudding because it is made using bread! Bread pudding is best when it’s made with old stale bread. Then the eggs, milk, and butter soften the bread to make a delicious sponge-like cake that you can eat with a spoon. 

The drier your bread, the more liquid you’ll need, so if your bread is dry (sometimes I’ll even toast the cubed bread) you’ll need to add more evaporated or regular milk.

making banana bread pudding with french bread in a baking dish


Here’s what you need to make this homemade banana bread pudding recipe:

  • French bread. You can use any white bread you like, but a drier, crustier bread will better soak up the flavors. Challah or brioche also make great bread pudding.
  • Evaporated milk. Evaporated milk adds a creaminess to the pudding.
  • Butter. Use unsalted butter to better control the flavor of your pudding. 
  • Eggs. These add richness and help the bread pudding hold together. 
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar for sweetness.
  • Seasonings. The flavor in this banana bread pudding comes from vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  • Bananas. Riper, softer bananas are sweeter! You’ll want bananas at their peak to serve on top.
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What to do if the bread pudding is browning too fast

This can happen if your oven runs a little hot. If you find the top is browning too quickly but the bread is still soft in the middle, cover the bread with some foil to finish it off.

Bread Pudding Sauce

The easy caramel sauce you serve over your baked bread pudding adds a sweet, decadent finish so it is a sweet treat in the morning or a great dessert. In this recipe, the sauce has a caramel flavor from brown sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and a little vanilla. 

whole baked bread pudding with bananas

How to Serve Banana Bread Pudding

The great thing about this banana bread pudding is that you can serve it warm or cold!

For an extra decadent treat, serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the caramel sauce! 

Storage Suggestions

You can store leftover banana bread pudding covered in the refrigerator. Leave it in the baking dish or place it in an airtight container. It will be good for up to 5 days.

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More Bread Pudding Recipes

slice of banana bread pudding with banana slices on top
Yield: 6-8 Servings

Banana Bread Pudding

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

This ultra-creamy and soft Banana Bread Pudding is. made with fresh bananas and a homemade caramel sauce.


  • 1 large French bread loaf, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 bananas, divided

Easy Caramel Bread Pudding Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Grease a 9x13” casserole dish and add the bread cubes.

3. Measure 1/4 cup evaporated milk into a glass microwave safe mixing bowl and set aside for the caramel sauce.

4. In a second mixing bowl, add the remaining (1 1/4 cups) evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons melted butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg and mix well.

5. Pour over the bread cubes and toss to make sure bread is evenly coated with liquid.

6. Slice 2 bananas and gently tuck the banana slices into the bread mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow to bread to soak up most of the liquid.

7. Place the casserole dish into the oven and bake for about 40 to 50 minutes. The pudding is done when the top is golden brown and the middle is set.

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

9. Make Caramel Sauce: add the brown sugar, remaining butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to the 1/4 cup evaporated milk in the mixing bowl and heat in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring in between until the sauce has boiled and the sugar has dissolved.

10. Serve the banana bread pudding with slices of banana and caramel sauce on top.

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