Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  260
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  45 g
  • Fat  8 g
  • Cholesterol  2 mg
  • Sodium  230 mg
  • Potassium  22 mg
  • Phosphorus  24 mg
  • Calcium  7 mg
  • Fiber  0.3 g

Banana Pudding Dessert

Banana Pudding Dessert is a delicious way to end the day. If you are on dialysis or follow a low potassium diet, remember that bananas are high in potassium, so this banana-flavored dessert is the perfect way to satisfy your craving for a fresh banana.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Kathleen from Illinois.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 12 ounces vanilla wafers
  • 2 boxes Jell-O Cook and Serve® banana cream pudding mix (3.5 ounce boxes)
  • 2-1/2 cups unenriched rice milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping


  1. Line bottom of a 9” x 13” pan with vanilla wafers.
  2. In a medium saucepan mix 2 boxes banana pudding mix with 2-1/2 cups rice milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. 
  3. Pour pudding mixture over vanilla wafers
  4. Put second layer of vanilla wafers over first, pressing each one down gently.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Spread whipped topping over top of chilled dessert.
  6. Return to refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 nondairy milk substitute
  • 1 high calorie 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Substitute sugar-free pudding mix to reduce carbohydrate content to 32 grams and 2 carbohydrate choices.
  • If you are not on a potassium restricted diet, top vanilla wafers with a layer of sliced bananas.

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Banana Pudding Dessert

sueninke says:


We recently found out my husband has stage 4 ckd. When I found this website I was thrilled. All the recipes I have tried have been great. This desert is fantastic, especially if you are wanting bananas and can't eat them. I was afraid to try it because of some of the comments. I had no problem at all it is delicious. The pudding thickened just like it was supposed to. I will continue to make this. Love it!

Jul. 16, 2014, 8:16 PM - Inappropriate review?

Banana Pudding Dessert

deb6489 says:


I very recently found this website because my husband just started dialysis. He loves this recipe! I've made it several times and the whole family loves it. The first time it was a little runny but all the other times it turned out great. Every time it tasted great though. We have tried several recipes on your site and I'm very happy with the results! This is our favorite though. Thank you!

Mar. 27, 2012, 10:12 PM - Inappropriate review?

Banana Pudding Dessert

jstenske682_ says:


I made this recipe and it turned out pretty well. I was a little skeptical because of the previous comments. But it turned out good. My boyfriend loved it and he doesn't really like pudding much.

Nov. 21, 2011, 10:32 AM - Inappropriate review?

Banana Pudding Dessert

irene96 says:


I called the company that makes rice dream rice milk to ask if pudding of any kind, jello or home made can be made with rice milk and was told that rice milk lacks the enzyms found in dairy milk and it is those enzyms that cause the pudding to thicken in others words it wont work well if at all

Sep. 06, 2011, 8:37 PM - Inappropriate review?

Banana Pudding Dessert

PhylBenvin says:


Was this recipe tested before it was posted? Because this one is a mess! I used every ingredient exactly as stated and couldn't get the pudding to thicken with the rice milk. The vanilla wafers were floating in the pudding. Maybe it would have worked better with non-dairy creamer. Don't waste the ingredients on this one. Moderator comment: Our dietitians who submit the recipes do kitchen test them. I went to my own kitchen with this one and made 4 versions--2 instant pudding with rice milk or nondairy creamer and 2 stovetop cooked pudding mix with rice milk or nondairy creamer. It took longer than 1 hour for the instant pudding (it wasn't set at all after 1 hour)to set but by the next day all 4 versions had a pudding-like consistency. Taste-wise though the cooked pudding mix was superior to the instant. I have revised this recipe to reflect the best version from my kitchen testing.

Aug. 03, 2010, 4:58 PM - Inappropriate review?

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