Banana Pudding

I love bananas, just by themselves or in desserts.  When you’re making banana desserts, usually you’re using overripe bananas, which are super mushy and have a very intense flavor.

For this one, though, you’re going to need fresh, ripe bananas.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 box (5.1 oz) banana instant pudding mix (if you can’t find banana you can use vanilla but banana will intensify the flavor of the pudding)
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ t vanilla
  • 1 12 oz tub of Cool Whip (or other whipped topping), thawed
  • 3 cups, graham cracker or Nilla Wafer crumbs (I used Nilla Wafers cuz I love them)
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 8 bananas

Directions

This one is pretty simple, just mixing and layering.  But pay attention to where I say mix with a hand mixer and stir with a wooden spoon – that will matter.

We’ll start by making the filling.

Add the milk and instant pudding mix to a bowl and mix until well blended.

In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese, condensed milk and vanilla and mix that with your hand mixer until that’s also well blended.IMG_1228

Take your Cool Whip and, with a wooden spoon, gently fold it into the cream cheese mixture until its just combined.IMG_1229

Next take this and add it to the milk and instant pudding and again stir with your wooden spoon until it’s all mixed together.  Set this aside – you’ll need it soon.IMG_1231

In a smaller bowl, mix the graham cracker/Nilla Wafer crumbs and melted butter.  Pour about ¾ of the mixture into a 9” x 13” dish and press lightly with your fingers so you have an even crust along the bottom. 

Slice your bananas and cover the crust with banana slices.  IMG_1232Feel free to snack on a few while you’re doing this.  Then pour your filling over the bananas. 

Cover this with the remaining banana slices and then cover that with the remaining graham cracker crumbs.IMG_1239IMG_1242

Cover the whole thing and refrigerate for a couple hours, or until you’re ready to serve!IMG_1247

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