It's a matter of preference, but your mother wins in our house.
None of my family likes the fake flavor of Banana pudding mix. After the vanilla pudding cools, we puree a banana and mix that in before adding chunks of fresh banana and real whipped cream.
I'm really not a fan of the vanilla pudding, but everyone else in my house is! ah! ):
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.