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Banana Lush

Banana Lush is a layered dessert with a graham cracker crust, bananas, cream cheese and banana pudding, sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs.
Prep Time20 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Banana Lush
Servings: 9
Calories: 430kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net



  • 2 cups (14-16 sheets, 168 g) honey graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds


  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup (62.5 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups (120 g) whipped topping, plus more for garnish, if desired
  • 2 cups (490 g) whole milk, cold
  • 1 box (5.1 ounces) banana cream instant pudding mix
  • ¼ cup (21 g) graham cracker crumbs



  • Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, including up the sides of the dish.
  • In a medium bowl, add graham crackers and sugar. Mix together.
  • Add melted butter to the graham crackers and sugar. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated with no dry spots.
  • Press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of the lined baking dish in an even layer. Flatten the crust with the bottom of a glass.
  • Top the crust with sliced bananas.
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the toppings.
  • In a large bowl add cream cheese. Use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat the cream cheese until creamy (1-2 minutes). Add sugar, vanilla, and lemon and beat again until creamy and no lumps remain (about 1-2 minutes).
  • With a spatula, gently fold in the whipped topping.
  • Remove the crust from the refrigerator. Add the cream cheese mixture to the top of the bananas.
  • Place the pan back into the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add milk and pudding mix. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until all lumps are gone. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the mixture to soft-set.
  • Pour the banana mixture on top of the cream cheese layer.
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours, up to overnight.
  • When ready, top with graham cracker crumbs and serve.


Calories: 430kcal