Banana Cream Pie Cheesecake

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Banana_CreamPie_Cheesecake1Hands down cheesecake is my favorite dessert. It is always my go-to choice whenever we eat out at a restaurant. I love that a little goes a long way because of the richness, and it’s always satisfying. 🙂

This Banana Cream Pie Cheesecake is a mix of cream pie AND cheesecake. It all starts with a buttery graham cracker crust, sliced bananas and a layer of cheesecake. The cheesecake layer is then topped off with a banana cream pie filling. The ratio of the two are total perfection! The only bad thing I can say about it is that you can’t. stop. eating it. If that’s a bad thing.. 😉 

This wonderful dessert stays good in the fridge for up to 3 days, so it’s a great make-ahead recipe for Thanksgiving or any time you need to make a yummy treat in advance!

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Banana Cream Pie Cheesecake
 
A lovely banana cream pie with a layer of cheesecake!
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Ingredients
CRUST
  • 1¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
FILLING
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) container cool whip, thawed
  • 3 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 1¾ cups cold milk
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package instant banana cream pudding mix
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Set aside ¼ cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly into the bottom and ½ inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake 5 to 7 minues. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in 2 cups of cool whip. Arrange half of the banana slices over the cooled crust. Top bananas with half of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers one more time.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix together for 2 minutes. Let stand a minute or two until it slightly sets. Fold in remaining cool whip. Pour and spread evenly over cream cheese layer.
  5. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture all over the top. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until set.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Prep Time: 25 minutes + chilling time.

 

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