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Banana Pudding Dessert

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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Banana Pudding, Banana Pudding Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 474 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net

Ingredients

Pudding Layer

  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups (490g) whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup (60g) whipped cream (cool whip)

Banana Layer

  • 2 large bananas, sliced and layered between cream cheese and pudding layer

Toppings

  • 2 cups (120g) whipped topping, (or cool whip)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, melted (optional)

Instructions

Vanilla Pudding Layer

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.

  2. Add the eggs and egg yolk and whisk to combine.

  3. Add the milk and whisk until well combined (about 30 seconds).

  4. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until thickened (approximately 5-10 minutes).

  5. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, one cube at a time.

  6. Whisk in the vanilla extract.

  7. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until completely cool (about 30 minutes).

Cookie Crust

  1. 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.

  2. Pour crust into a 9x9 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

  1. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup of the whipped topping.

Assembly (once cooled)

  1. Carefully pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared crust. Spread evenly over crust.

  2. Top with sliced bananas.

  3. Pour the cooled pudding over the bananas. Set in the refrigerator (covered with plastic wrap) for another 1-2 hours.

  4. When you are ready to serve, top with remaining cool whip, crushed cookies, and peanut butter glaze.