How To Make Banana Pudding Cheesecake

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How To Make Banana Pudding Cheesecake is a wonderful E-Cookbook with easy recipes. As its name says, How to make Banana Pudding Cheesecake provides detailed steps on how to make this delicious dessert. It includes its preparation time, ingredients, and cook time. It also includes pictures of the cooking process.

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana pudding makes our heart sing — it’s the world’s perfect dessert: Classy enough to serve at a wedding, trashy enough to bring in an aluminum baking sheet to a barbecue. We’ve turned our classic recipe for Banana Pudding (bookmark it, seriously) into just about any dessert you can imagine: cheesecake bars, poke cake, and now this cheesecake.YIELDS:10 SERVINGSPREP TIME:0 HOURS 20 MINSTOTAL TIME:6 HOURS 30 MINSINGREDIENTS1 

(8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened1/3 c. 

granulated sugar1 c. 

heavy cream1 tsp. 

pure vanilla extract1 

(3.4-oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix1 c. 

whole milk1 

prepared graham cracker crust3 

bananas, sliced, plus more slices for garnish30 

Nilla Wafers

Whipped topping, for garnish 

Crushed Nilla Wafers, for garnish DIRECTIONS

  1. Make cheesecake filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese until fluffy and no clumps remain.
  2. Add sugar and beat until combined. Add heavy cream and vanilla and beat until medium-stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk. Let pudding stand for 3 minutes in the fridge until thickened. Fold into cheesecake mixture until combined.
  4. Pour half the filling into graham cracker crust. Add a single layer of sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers (20 total), then pour over remaining cheesecake mixture and smooth top. 
  5. Refrigerate until cheesecake is firm, at least 6 hours and up to overnight. (If the cheesecake stills feels too soft to slice, transfer to the freezer for up to 1 hour.)
  6. Before serving, top with dollops of whipped topping around the border of the cheesecake. Top each dollop with a banana slice and Nilla wafer, then garnish the whole cheesecake with crushed Nilla Wafers.

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This Banana Pudding Cheesecake is made with a vanilla wafer crust, loads of mashed and sliced bananas, and banana pudding mix! It’s got the best banana pudding flavor you could have in a cheesecake and it’s completely addicting!

Pinterest image Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

So this Banana Pudding Cheesecake was only the third baked cheesecake that I ever shared on this site and that was back in 2014. It was the first cheesecake that I spent a bunch of time testing and learned so much about cheesecakes. That’s a big statement considering the number of cheesecake recipes I have now. They are one of my favorite things to make! I guess you could say that this cheesecake was the beginning of my love for making and testing fun new cheesecakes.

Given that it was posted almost 6 years ago exactly, I thought it was time to give it a facelift and a little extra love. If you love banana pudding, you will LOVE this cheesecake! It’s full of legit banana pudding flavor. There’s lots of banana – both in the filling as the “pudding” and as sliced bananas on top, and plenty of vanilla wafers – both in the crust and on top. You’re definitely going to want to try it.

As far as changes to the recipe, I didn’t really change much. It was pretty darn good from the beginning. I did decide to add a little sour cream to the filling. I’m a big fan of some sour cream in cheesecakes. It adds to a more creamy texture and and nice flavor. And then I increased the amount of crust. I love a good, solid crust.

How to make Banana Pudding Cheesecake

To get started with this cheesecake, you’ll make the crust. Since vanilla wafer cookies are key to banana pudding, they make up the crust. Combine some cookie crumbs with a little sugar and melted butter, then press them into your springform pan.

The filling is fairly straightforward. Combine your cream cheese with the sugar, flour and dry banana pudding mix. It will be a sticky mixture that’s a little thick, but that’s ok. It’ll work itself out as you go.

Next, add the sour cream. It starts to break up the sticky filling a little bit. Then add the eggs one at a time.

Keep in mind that when mixing ingredients together for a cheesecake filling, you want to mix on LOW speed. A higher speed will incorporate more air into the mixture and can lead to air bubbles, which can lead to cracks. Be patient and use low speed.

Finally, you’ll add in the vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Pour the filling into your crust and then get your water bath ready.

How to Use a Cheesecake Water Bath

I know most aren’t big fans of a water bath. They add some extra steps and seem like a pain. But they really do make a difference in how a cheesecake turns out. If you were to bake this one without it, it would brown more around the edges, likely crack and fall a good bit in the center when it cools. You work so hard on a cheesecake, don’t miss out on a beautiful result by not taking the few extra steps. If you need a little help with setting up your water bath, or often have trouble with leaking, check out how I set my springform pans up for a water bath for some tips and tricks.

Baking Method

When baking the cheesecake, you’ll first bake it for about an hour and a half. You’re looking for edges of the cheesecake to be set and the inner couple inches to be somewhat set, but still a little jiggly.

Because of the eggs in a cheesecake filling, it’s similar to a custard. Therefore, you don’t want to over bake it and end up with cracks. So, you bake it until it’s mostly baked, then turn off the oven but keep it closed for another 30 minutes. The residual heat continues to finish cooking the cheesecake while also beginning to slowly cool it. It ends up cooked, but not over baked.

The final step is to continue the slow cooling process by cracking the oven door and letting it cool for another 30 minutes. After that, refrigerate until cool and firm, then add the whipped cream and some fresh bananas and vanilla wafers.

AN EASY BANANA CHEESECAKE RECIPE

My family is absolutely nuts about cheesecake and we are absolutely bonkers about BANANA PUDDING, so I knew this was the dessert for us. I set about to making this dessert a little bit easier to make so it can be more of an everyday dessert.

slice, Easy Banana Pudding Cheesecake on a plate with sliced bananas and whipped cream

CAN I USE A VANILLA WAFER CRUST?

I looked everywhere for one of those premade Nilla Wafer crusts. None of my local stores seem to carry them right now. But if you can find them near you, I think it would taste wonderful with this recipe. I do use them in my MINI BANANA PUDDING CHEESECAKES. Just remember though that this particular recipe is made for a larger pie crust so you’ll have filling leftover when you use a smaller crust. 

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • large graham cracker crust
  • cream cheese
  • banana cream instant pudding
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • vanilla wafers
large graham cracker crust, cream cheese, banana cream instant pudding, eggs, sugar, vanilla wafers

HOW TO MAKE BANANA PUDDING CHEESECAKE:

Preheat oven to 300F degrees. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or using a handheld electric mixer), combine cream cheese and sugar until smooth (about 2 minutes on medium speed.)

cream cheese and sugar in an electric mixer

Add in eggs and mix until combined.

eggs incorporated into cream cheese mixture

Add the powdered instant pudding to the cream cheese mixture. If you are using a stand mixer, it’s really important that you scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl often. Mix until combined. Batter will be thick. 

instant banana cream pudding added to cheesecake mixture

Gently stir the Nilla wafers into the cheesecake batter. You want to leave some of them chunky so that you’ll see bits of wafer in the cheesecake when you cut into it.

crushed Nilla wafers added to banana pudding cheesecake batter

Spread batter into graham cracker crust.

banana cheesecake batter spread into a graham cracker crust

Bake in the oven for about 55-60 minutes. It’ll be a bit puffy when you first take it out of the oven. Don’t worry, it’ll all settle down as it cools. Allow cheesecake to cool for several hours in the fridge before serving. A great way to serve this is to top each slice with a little squirt of whipped cream and a slice of banana and vanilla wafer on top.

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