Banana Pudding Dessert is a decadent dessert with layers of cream cheese, banana slices, vanilla pudding with whipped cream, and an optional peanut butter topping, all on top of a vanilla wafer crust. If you love creamy banana desserts, be sure to try my Ultimate Banana Pudding!
This Banana Pudding Dessert is the ultimate creamy banana treat that is layered with flavors, including an optional drizzle of melted peanut butter to top it all off! In addition to the homemade vanilla pudding in this recipe, you could also make homemade vanilla wafers and whipped cream if you are feeling motivated!
There are four important parts (layers) to this recipe–the homemade vanilla pudding, vanilla wafer cookie crust, cream cheese layer, and the toppings.
Pudding Ingredients (full recipe below)
Cream Cheese Layer Ingredients
It’s best to start with the homemade pudding first. This will need to chill for about half an hour after it’s made. While the pudding is chilling, you can work on making the other important parts to this recipe.
(Full recipe in a recipe card below) It’s really easy to make your own vanilla pudding. Pudding is a great dessert to have on hand, and most people like the smooth, creamy sweet (and sometimes even savory) treat. Plus, if you make a little extra, it’s nice to have as a snack or loaded with your favorite chocolate candy or treat.
While the pudding is chilling, prepare the crust. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla wafers? I have a homemade vanilla wafer recipe you might want to try for this recipe, or just to have some cookies on hand!
To make the vanilla wafer crust, add the cookies to a food processor and process until you have a fine crumb. You could also use a rolling pin to roll over the cookies that are in sealed plastic baggies to get them into fine crumbs. A hammer also works, but just gentle taps!
In a medium bowl, combine the crushed wafers and melted butter until the mixture is combined. Press the crust in the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan (no need to grease the pan). Chill the crust while you prepare the cream cheese layer.
To make the cream cheese layer, simply combine the room temperature cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and one cup of the whipped topping. If you forgot to take out the cream cheese to get it to room temperature (which usually takes about 30 minutes), unwrap the cream cheese and place it in a microwave-safe container, heating it up in 15-second increments until the edges are softened.
Once all the parts to this dessert have been made, it’s time to get it assembled and chilled so everyone can enjoy it!
Store the dessert, covered and chilled, for a couple of days.
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Banana Pudding Dessert is a decadent dessert with layers of cream cheese, banana slices, vanilla pudding with whipped cream, and an optional peanut butter topping, all on top of a vanilla wafer crust.
Banana Pudding, Banana Pudding Dessert
Calories: 474 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke–iambaker.net
Cream Cheese Layer
Vanilla Pudding Layer
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
Add the eggs and egg yolk and whisk to combine.
Add the milk and whisk until well combined (about 30 seconds).
Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until thickened (approximately 5-10 minutes).
Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, one cube at a time.
Whisk in the vanilla extract.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill until completely cool (about 30 minutes).
While the pudding is chilling, make the crust. In a medium bowl, combine crushed vanilla wafers and melted butter. Stir together until well blended, making sure to coat each crumb.
Pour crust into a 9×9 inch pan and press firmly to the base and slightly up the sides of the pan. Set in the refrigerator to chill.
Cream Cheese Layer
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup of the whipped topping.
Assembly (once cooled)
Carefully pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared crust. Spread evenly over crust.
Pour the cooled pudding over the bananas. Set in the refrigerator (covered with plastic wrap) for another 1-2 hours.
When you are ready to serve, top with remaining cool whip, crushed cookies, and peanut butter glaze.
Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.