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Banana Pudding Cheesecake Dessert

This easy no bake banana pudding cheesecake dessert is so easy and so good. Essentially a mini banana pudding trifle in each dish.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked cheesecake, banana pudding, banana pudding dessert, banana pudding trifle
Servings 12

Equipment

  • glasses for individual servings or a 13 x 9 inch pan

Ingredients

  • 2 pkgs (3.4 oz) instant banana pudding or vanilla or your favorite flavor
  • 4 cups cold milk
  • 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tub (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 box (11 oz) vanilla wafer cookies
  • 4 large bananas

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the instant banana pudding and milk. Cover and refrigerate until thickened.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese together with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Reserve ¾ cup of the whipped topping and set aside. Beat the remaining whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and creamy.
  • Line a 3-quart 9x13 inch glass dish with a single layer of the vanilla wafer cookies. Pour the prepared banana pudding recipe over the cookies and gently spread out evenly with a spatula.
  • Peel the bananas and slice into ½ inch thick rounds. Add the bananas to the dish over the vanilla layer.
  • Dollop the “cheesecake” mixture over top of the bananas and use a spatula to very gently spread until the dollops meet and the cheesecake layer is evenly spread over all of the bananas.
  • Top the cheesecake layer with an even layer of the vanilla wafer cookies.
  • Scoop the reserved whipped topping into a small zip top bag and cut off the corner to create a piping bag. Decorate the top of the dessert with the whipped topping.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate before serving to allow the cookies to soften.

Notes

If using a 9x13 inch baking dish with a layer of your wafer cookies. You can crush them if you want but I usually don't when making this dessert in one pan.
Cover wafer cookies with prepared pudding and smooth it out, as evenly as possible. 
Peel and slice bananas to ½ an inch and scatter sliced bananas all over the pudding. 
Spread cream cheese mixture on top of banana slices and spread until as smooth as possible.
Add more wafer cookies on top of cream cheese mixture, crushed or not.
Add whipped topping to the top of the banana trifle.
Serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve and cookies will soften.