Strawberry Pudding

June 30, 2022
A simple glazed strawberry mixture is layered with creamy pudding, whipped cream, and vanilla wafer cookies to create this deliciously creamy Strawberry Pudding. -- Just like classic banana pudding, but with strawberries instead.  It's banana pudding's (totally scrumptious) strawberry cousin!

Strawberry Pudding with Layers of Nilla Wafers, Glazed Strawberries, Pudding, and Whipped Cream Image

When it's strawberry season, I for one couldn't be happier! In-season, fresh-picked strawberries are indeed one of those simple things in life that make me happy.

And one of my favorite ways to enjoy those fresh berries is in totally scrumptious, totally drool-worthy Strawberry Pudding. Now, when it comes to this Strawberry Pudding, think Banana Pudding -- but made with strawberries instead. How yummy is that?

To whip up this dessert beauty, a simple glazed strawberry mixture is layered with creamy pudding, whipped cream, and vanilla wafer cookies -- just like the layering in classic banana pudding. It's banana pudding's strawberry cousin! And, I must say, a very scrumptious cousin it is.

Mmmm hmmm, with Strawberry Pudding around those bananas may just have to step aside.

Strawberry Pudding is just like classic banana pudding, but with strawberries instead.  It's banana pudding's (totally scrumptious) strawberry cousin!

What's To Love About This Recipe?

  • No-bake - While there is about 5 minutes of stove top cooking to glaze the strawberries, this dessert beauty is totally no-bake.
  • It's pretty - Those layers of strawberries, vanilla wafer cookies, and whipped cream make Strawberry Pudding a true beauty to behold.
  • Fabulous flavor - The pudding's beautiful layers deliver up fabulous strawberry flavor in every bite.
  • Can be made in advance - It's best to make Strawberry Pudding a day in advance to allow the flavors and layers to meld, which makes it a great and convenient make-ahead dessert. 
  • A crowd-pleaser - With its creamy deliciousness, no-bake Strawberry Pudding is always a hit!

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Strawberry Pudding Ingredients:

It doesn't take a lot of fancy ingredients to make a beautiful bowl of Strawberry Pudding. -- And we love that about this dessert. It definitely looks fancier than its short ingredient list would make you think!

To whip up a bowlful, you'll need:

  • Fresh strawberries - Sliced fresh strawberries are the backbone of strawberry pudding and create the dessert's beautiful red layers. You'll need 4 cups of sliced berries, which is about 32 ounces or 1 to 1 & 1/2 quarts.

  • Strawberry Jell-o - Dry strawberry Jell-o powder is used to create a nice glaze on the strawberries, and enhances their strawberry flavor. Regular or sugar-free Jell-o both work fine.

  • Instant vanilla pudding mix - Creates the base of the dessert's creamy layers. Two 3.4-ounce packages of instant pudding mix are needed. Regular or sugar-free pudding both work just fine.

  • Cold milk - Combines with the pudding mix to create the creamy pudding mixture. We recommend whole milk for the creamiest result.

  • Sour cream - Adds richness and creaminess to the dessert's vanilla pudding mixture.

  • Vanilla wafers - The classic banana pudding cookie is also fabulous layered into strawberry pudding, too!

  • Cool Whip - Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping tops the pudding layers and is mixed into the creamy pudding mixture. Substitute about 3 cups of homemade whipped cream, if you prefer.

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How to Make Strawberry Pudding:

With its beautiful layers of glazed strawberries, creamy pudding mixture, and vanilla wafer cookies, Strawberry Pudding is one impressive-looking dessert. And fortunately, this is one impressive-looking dessert that's really easy to make.

A simple glazed strawberry mixture is layered with creamy pudding, whipped cream, and vanilla wafer cookies to create this deliciously creamy dessert. -- Just like classic banana pudding, but with strawberries instead.

To get a bowlful started, begin by glazing the strawberries. Simply slice fresh strawberries and place them in a saucepan with a package of dry strawberry Jell-o powder. Gently warm them over medium-low heat until the Jell-o powder is dissolved. The Jell-o will mix with the juices from the fresh strawberries to make a nice little glaze on the berries.

Mix up the creamy pudding mixture by beating together milk, sour cream, and instant vanilla pudding. Then fold in half a container of Cool Whip.

Strawberry Pudding in Trifle Bowl Image

Layer together vanilla wafer cookies, the creamy pudding mixture, and the glazed strawberries in a glass bowl or trifle bowl. Top everything with a layer of Cool Whip, and pop the Strawberry Pudding in the refrigerator to chill and meld. Then you're good to go with enjoying its deliciousness!

Now sure, you could whip up this gorgeous Strawberry Pudding in a regular old 9x13" dish.  And it would taste just as delicious as it does in a fancy-schmancy glass bowl. But it's just so darn pretty in a fancy-schmancy glass bowl, don't you think?

So, I highly recommend using a glass bowl or trifle bowl. Because we can all use a little more prettiness in our lives. -- Especially prettiness that tastes as yummy as Strawberry Pudding.

Scooped Out Layers of Strawberry Pudding Image

When scooped out for serving, this pudding doesn't stay quite as pretty as when it's all layered up -- but once you take one bite of it's strawberry deliciousness, you won't give one hoot what it looks like. Trust me.

So during this strawberry season, pass those bananas by and whip up banana pudding's strawberry cousin, instead. Sorry bananas. -- We still love you, but you're just going to have to share the pudding spotlight.

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No-Bake Desserts
Yield: about 12-16 servings
Strawberry Pudding

Strawberry Pudding

A simple glazed strawberry mixture is layered with creamy pudding, whipped cream, and vanilla wafer cookies to create this deliciously creamy Strawberry Pudding. -- Just like classic banana pudding, but with strawberries instead. It's banana pudding's (totally scrumptious) strawberry cousin!
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 35 Min


  • 4 c. sliced fresh strawberries (about 1 to 1 1/2 quarts or about 32 oz.)
  • 1 (3 oz.) package strawberry Jell-o (sugar-free works just fine, too)
  • 2 (3.4 oz.) packages instant vanilla pudding (sugar-free works just fine)
  • 3 c. cold milk
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 (11 oz.) box vanilla wafers
  • 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping, divided (or 3 cups homemade whipped cream)


  1. Place strawberries in a saucepan and sprinkle with dry Jell-o powder; stir gently to evenly coat berries. Heat over medium-low heat just until Jell-o is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together milk, sour cream, and dry instant vanilla pudding powder until well combined. Fold in half of the Cool Whip.
  3. In a trifle bowl or glass bowl, make layers in this order: vanilla wafers, half of the pudding mixture, and half of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers once more. Top with remaining half of the Cool Whip. Crumble four or five vanilla wafers on top of Cool Whip.
  4. Cover and chill overnight.
  5. At serving time, garnish with additional whole and/or sliced strawberries, if desired.
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I teamed up with a few other bloggers for a strawberry recipe challenge, and Strawberry Pudding seemed like a lovely choice for my contribution to the strawberry deliciousness!
Check out all the other lovely strawberry recipes below from bloggers who took part in our Strawberry Challenge.

Strawberry Pudding ~ A simple glazed strawberry mixture is layered with creamy pudding, whipped cream, & vanilla wafer cookies to create this deliciously creamy Strawberry Pudding. -- Just like classic banana pudding, but with strawberries instead!

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  1. This reminds me of a lovely trifle my mum used to make. I want to grab a large spoon and dive in. Looks delicious.

  2. This looks absolutely delicious! I need a spoon right now!

  3. What an elegant looking dessert, I would be so proud to serve this!!

  4. This looks great! And so easy! My husband loves those Nilla wafers, so I know he'll love this!

  5. This is such a great idea to use strawberries instead of bananas! We'd love this!!

  6. Such a lovely dessert with all sorts of delicious layers! Looks amazing!

  7. What a fabulous dessert for a summer time BBQ! Yummy!

  8. What a genius idea! I love the idea of strawberry pudding!

  9. Your Strawberry Pudding looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I saw your link over at the Create, Bake, Grow and Gather Party and was just so excited to visit. Banana pudding is not my favorite but I can definitely get excited about strawberry pudding. My son is coming to visit next weekend and I know what I will be making for dessert. I would love for you to share a post over at the Home Matters Linky Party. I will post back if I get to try this out.

  11. This looks so good!! Thanks for sharing at last week's what's for dinner party. Sorry I'm late. Hope to see you at this weeks party too - have a fabulous week.

  12. oh this looks so nice!! A great dessert for summer time

  13. oh wow! What is not to love? looks so good, I think I will have to make this weekend.

    1. Hello Megan, please let us know how it turns out. This is a recipe our family loves. We hope your family will love it as well.

  14. Your strawberry pudding looks delicious. I think I needs a bite right now. I have pinned it.

  15. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 595. Hope you are having a great week and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Love these kind of layered recipes Tracey. This one sounds delicious.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your strawberry pudding at the party tonight and pinning too.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  17. Does the sour cream need to be added? My granddaughter doesn't care for the sour cream didn't know if it would affect the taste any (?)

    1. It will not be as creamy and you will need to add extra whip cream. If you make the tweak please let us all know how it turns out.

  18. this looks amazing! Stopping by from create bake grow party! pinned it!

    1. Thank you for your comment and thank you for hosting the linky.


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