Banana Pie Squares

I have always loved banana pudding and banana cream pie. This recipe is a combination of both and one of my favorites. Of course, it has cream cheese in it and in my book cream cheese makes just about anything better! These squares have a vanilla wafer crust, a layer of cream cheese, a layer of bananas and a layer of pudding and is topped with whipped topping. It’s yummy and easy to make. I make mine in a 11″x7″ baking dish but it can be made in a 13″x9″ by increasing the ingredients slightly and I will also list the ingredients for the larger size. Unfortunately since I live alone, if I make the larger size I will eat the larger size, and then first thing I know I’m the larger size. If you love bananas and cream cheese I hope you find this recipe a winner – I DO!

Ingredients: (11″x7″ pan size)

  • 1 1/2 cup finely crumbled vanilla wafers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping (divided)
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup cold mild
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium bowl combine cookie crumbs, sugar and butter. Mix until well blended. Press firmly into baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 7 minutes. Cool. (I stick mine in the freezer to hasten cooling while I prepare the fillings)
Mix cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl until well blended. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over cooled crust. I like to take vanilla wafers and line the side of the baking pan. I find the mini vanilla wafers work really well and make a pretty dessert. Slice bananas and arrange over the cream cheese mixture.
Pour milk into bowl and whisk in the instant pudding mix. Whisk for 2 minutes and then spread over the banana layer. Top the bananas with the remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate for several hours – the flavors blend better if it sets for at least 4 hours before serving.
Ingredients: (13″x9″ pan size)
  • 2 cups finely crumbled vanilla wafers
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2  (8 oz) tubs of whipped topping
  • 3 or 4 bananas
  • 2 packages of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
Directions are the same as for the smaller size pan except that you add 2 cups of whipped topping to the cream cheese.
Any questions just e-mail me and I will be glad to try to help.

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