Banana Pudding Cheesecake

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This Banana Pudding Cheesecake is the ultimate dessert to wow everyone. It is the perfect blend of two all time favorite desserts, creamy, lush cheesecake and decadent banana pudding.

The best part about this amazing cheesecake is that it only takes 15 minutes to make and then it only needs time to set up until you are ready to serve it!

A slice of the banana pudding cheesecake.

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No Bake Cheesecake

Get the flavor of banana pudding in cheesecake form. When your busy for the holidays and oven space is a premium, then this recipe is definitely for you. Why? Because there is no baking required and you can produce an applause worthy dessert in just 15 minutes. It may just become your signature dessert.

Why This Banana Cheesecake Recipe is a Keeper

Both cheesecake and banana pudding are show stealing desserts. When you combine the two together you get an extravagant dessert.

  • 15 Minute Prep: It is quick to make for any occasion. No need for a springform pan or a heavy stand mixer. There is no need to bake the cheesecake either.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge so it is very easy to assemble. Homemade whipped cream and your favorite banana pudding for the cheesecake layer.
  • Entertainment Worthy: This showstopper of a dessert is perfect for entertaining friends and family.

If you’re looking for more Banana inspired recipes, try these Old Fashioned Banana Bread with Streusel Topping, Banana Cream Poke Cake and Banana Peanut Butter Bars.

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Why is my cheesecake runny?

A top shot of the finished cheesy dessert.

If your cheesecake has a little jiggle, do not be concerned as it should firm up as it cools. Allow to cool completely and set up in the fridge. If you need any more help baking your cheesecake, check out All Recipes for more helpful suggestions.

Ingredient Notes for this Banana Pudding Cheesecake Recipe

Slices of the cookies, fruit, cream cheese and sugar for the dessert.

This easy dessert only takes a few ingredients.

  • Vanilla wafers: Or any other alternative cookie that you prefer for the crust. divided
  • Instant Banana Pudding Mix: It is important that you get the instant variety of pudding for this recipe to work correctly. This adds an extra layer of banana flavor.
  • Bananas: Make sure that they are ripe or roast the bananas to soften them up.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for the Best Banana Pudding Cheesecake

While this recipe is easy and quick there are a few substitutions that you can make to enhance your cheesecake.

  • Nilla Wafer: Replace the nilla wafer with a classic shortbread or even a chocolate wafter.
  • Cream Cheese: Use a low fat cream cheese in your cheesecake batter to lighten it up a little.
  • Cooking variation: Roast your bananas to make them richer and more flavorful.

Special Equipment Needed to Make the Vanilla Wafer Crust

How to Make No Bake Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This lovely no bake cheesecake with the flavors of banana and vanilla is a breeze to make. Simply prepare it early enough so it has enough time to set and be ready to serve. Therefore you need to make it at least 3 hours in advance for the best banana pudding flavor.

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These are the basic steps for making Banana Pudding Cheesecake. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions to make this cheesecake with crushed Nilla wafers.

Making the crust.

First, using a food processor, blend 1 1/2 cups of wafers into fine crumbs. Then add crumbs, softened butter (not melted butter), and 1/3 cup of sugar to a mixing bowl and incorporate until the mixture becomes firm.

Mixing the cheesecake layer of the pie.

STEP 2: Press the Crust

Next, add the crust mixture and form it at the bottom of the pan evenly. Press the mixture firmly to pan using your hands or something flat. If you choose to go up the walls of the pan with the crust add more increments of the ingredients to the mixing process for this easy recipe.

STEP 3: Banana Cheesecake Filling

Next, in a mixing bowl, add the pudding mix and milk, and using a hand mixer, mix until there are no clumps. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides.

Set aside to let it firm. Meanwhile, in a separate mixing bowl, whip the full fat cream cheese until soft peaks form for the cheesecake mixture. Then add the sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream and continue to whip until medium peaks form. Fold in the pudding with a spatula until fully incorporated and creamy cheesecake.

Assembling the layers of the cheesecake.

STEP 4: Slice Banana and Assemble

Dice 1 1/2 bananas into small bite-size pieces. Fold the diced banana into the filling. Then add the filling to the pie pan over the crust and evenly fill the pan, smooth it out. Slice the remaining bananas and place the slices flat onto the cheesecake.

STEP 5: Allow the Cheesecake to Firm Up and then Serve

Finally, set the cheesecake in the refrigerator for 4 hours to let it chill and form. When ready to serve, lightly crush the remaining wafers into crumbles and spread across the top of the cheesecake.

Recipe FAQs for Jello Pudding Cheesecake Recipe

Usually, this is a baking problem and since this is a no bake cheesecake, you will not have this problem. However, usually a water bath would help with this issue.

The key is the temperature. If the cream cheese is not fully softened before mixing, it can result in a grainy texture to the banana cheesecake.

Of course, you can make this a no bake cheese cake in a graham cracker crust that is pre-made to make this recipe even easier.

A slice of the banana pudding cheesecake.

Expert Tips for Making This Banana Pudding with Instant Pudding Recipe

Make the banana pudding cheesecake a little fancier by trying some of these tips to make it even better.

  • Banana Pudding Topping: Top the cheesecake with whole wafers or crushed Nilla wafers. Also top with fresh banana slices or a layer of whipped cream, too.
  • Serve the Cheesecake: Drizzle the whole cheesecake with some caramel sauce and of course, some whipped cream.
  • Pudding Flavor: Use vanilla pudding mix in place of the banana pudding mix. But you will love the banana flavored one.
  • Dietary consideration tip for Smooth Cheesecake: Feel free to use low fat ingredient in making your creamy banana pudding dessert.

What to Serve with Jello Pudding Cheesecake Recipe

A slice of the banana pudding cheesecake.
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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes
This Banana Pudding Cheesecake is the ultimate dessert to wow everyone. It is the perfect blend of two all time favorite desserts, creamy, lush cheesecake and decadent banana pudding.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Vanilla wafers, divided
  • cup White sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup Butter, softened
  • 3.4 ounces Banana instant pudding mix, 1 box
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Bananas, ripe

Instructions

  • Using a food processor, blend 1 1/2 cups of wafers into fine crumbs.
  • Add crumbs, butter, and 1/3 cup of sugar to a mixing bowl and incorporate until the mixture becomes firm and bound.
  • In a pie pan, add the crust mixture and form it at the bottom of the pan evenly. Press the mixture firmly to pan using your hands or something flat. If you choose to go up the walls of the pan with the crust add more increments of the ingredients to the mixing process.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the pudding mix and milk, and mix until there are no clumps. Set aside to let it firm.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese until soft peaks form.
  • Add the sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream and continue to whip until medium peaks form.
  • Fold in the pudding with a spatula until fully incorporated and creamy.
  • Dice 1 1/2 bananas into small bite-size pieces. Fold the diced banana into the filling.
  • Add the filling to the pie pan over the crust and evenly fill the pan, smooth it out.
  • Slice the remaining bananas and place the slices flat onto the cheesecake.
  • Set the cheesecake in the refrigerator for 4 hours to let it chill and form.
  • When ready to serve, lightly crush the remaining wafers into crumbles and spread across the top of the cheesecake.
  • Serve with whipped cream dollops and vanilla wafers for good measure.

Expert Tips

  • Banana Pudding Topping: Top the cheesecake with whole wafers or crushed Nilla wafers. Also top with fresh banana slices or a layer of whipped cream, too.
  • Serve the Cheesecake: Drizzle the whole cheesecake with some caramel sauce and of course, some whipped cream.
  • Pudding Flavor: Use vanilla pudding mix in place of the banana pudding mix. But you will love the banana flavored one.
  • Dietary consideration tip for Smooth Cheesecake: Feel free to use low fat ingredient in making your creamy banana pudding dessert.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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