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Banana Pudding Dessert

Banana Pudding Dessert

You girls affectionately call this “banana creme pie” which is a bit of a misnomer because it is far from real banana creme pie that has real meringue on the top (we are good in our kitchen but not that good)!

This dessert is simple to make. You don’t have to bake anything even! It just takes some time to do it step by step. But like at camp, it is worth it, because everyone goes BANANAS when this comes out of the hopper window (ba-dum-dum cymbal crash, groan… groan) J

Our recipe is a deviation from a very popular version we found on AllRecipes.com. But this is a pretty standard dessert you can find in a ton of old-fashioned cookbooks.

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk

1 (5 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix

3 cups cold milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 (8 oz) container whipped topping OR if you want to do it like we do at camp, use a ½ pint of real whipping cream (you find this in the dairy case – in a tiny carton)

12 oz package vanilla wafers

4 bananas

  1. Make your “whipped topping” *You need a mixer for this – with a whisk attachment.Pour your ½ pint of real whole cream in a bowl and turn the mixer on high. As it starts to beat the cream, add white sugar slowly – starting with a tablespoon or so.As you go, stop and taste it.Is it sweet enough for you?When it is, stop!Continue whipping the cream until it is light and fluffy.Be careful not to whip too long or you will make butter!(No joke!You don’t want wet and floppy cream but fluffy with peaks – without making it stiff). Set aside.

2. Cut your 4 bananas into slices and set aside.They will brown a little but that’s ok.(At camp our baker cuts the bananas “long ways” to save time because she has so many desserts to make.It’s best to cut slices that are medium-thick.

3. In a different large bowl, beat that cream cheese until it is nice and fluffy.Add in the condensed milk, the pudding mix powder, the cold milk (we use 1% at camp), and the vanilla (we use real vanilla extract at camp even though it is a bit more spendy – it is worth it)!

4. Fold half of your awesome whipped cream into the mix.Stir until blended.

5. Line the bottom of a dish (like 9x13) with vanilla wafers.Arrange your banana slices evenly over the wafers.Spread with pudding mixture.Top with the remaining whipped cream.Chill for a good hour before serving.Enjoy!!

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