Banana Pudding Lasagna

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This banana pudding lasagna is rich, decadent, and most importantly, easy! It combines all the flavors we love in banana pudding and cheesecake and transforms them into one of the best ice box cakes you've ever had.

Closeup shot of slice of banana pudding lasagna

Banana pudding and ice box cakes are two classic desserts that I love. So of course, I thought it would be a great idea to put them together. Guess what? It was! This is one seriously delicious dessert.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes a few simple ingredients to make.
  • It's an easy dessert that you can make in a flash.
  • It combines delicious banana pudding and cheesecake flavors in one dessert.

Top Tip

2 hours is the minimum chill time for this recipe. It's even better if you chill it overnight.

Closeup shot of forkful of banana pudding lasagna

Ingredients

This recipe only uses a few basic ingredients to make. You'll find everything you need easily at your local grocery store. Check out the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.

Crust

  • Vanilla wafers
  • Butter

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla
  • Banana pudding
  • Milk
  • Sliced bananas
Overhead shot of individual banana pudding lasagna ingredients on table

Instructions

This simple recipe will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time. It's just so easy to make! The highlights are listed here, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Crush vanilla wafers into fine crumbs, then blend them with vanilla and melted butter.

Closeup shot of melted butter being poured into bowlful of vanilla wafer crumbs

2: Press the mixture evenly into a baking dish.

Overhead shot of vanilla wafer crust in baking dish

3: Beat cream cheese and sugar. Then, add heavy whipping cream and vanilla to the cream cheese mixture. Beat well.

Banana pudding mixture being poured into cream cheese mixture.

4: Mix the pudding and milk and add it to the cream cheese mixture.

Overhead shot of pudding and milk in bowl

5: Spread half the mixture over the crust. Then, add a layer of bananas and a layer of whole vanilla wafers.

Overhead shot of banana pudding crema cheese mixture spread over crust in baking dish
Overhead shot of layer of bananas over banana pudding cream cheese mixture in baking dish
Banana pudding cream cheese mixture topped with bananas and Vanilla wafers in baking dish

6: Add another layer of bananas and then a layer of slightly crushed vanilla wafers. Chill for 2 hours minimum and serve.

Closeup overhead shot of banana pudding lasagna in baking dish
Closeup shot of slice of banana pudding lasagna on spatula.

Substitutions and Variations

  • For more traditional flavor and ice box cake texture, use pure banana pudding with no cream cheese.
  • You can use graham crackers for the crust and vanilla wafer layer.
  • Use graham crackers and your favorite pudding flavors for a totally new ice box cake every single time.

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking dish
  • Food processor
  • Hand mixer

Storage

Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Freezer: Store in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 1 month.

Thaw: Place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.

Make Ahead: This recipe is even better the next day. Feel free to make it a day in advance.

Closeup shot of slice of banana pudding lasagna with fork

What to Serve with Banana Pudding Ice Box Cake

This dessert is absolutely delicious with a big glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. It's also a great addition to a larger party or potluck dessert spread and pairs well with other dessert favorites like cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and the like.

Tips:

  • Don't overdo your whipped cream. As soon as stiff peaks form, stop whipping, or you'll deflate it.
  • A food processor is the easiest and fastest way to make your vanilla wafer crumbs.
  • While 2 hours is the minimum chill time, the longer you chill this dessert the better it tastes.
Closeup shot of fork stuck into a slice of banana pudding lasagna.

FAQ

What is banana pudding lasagna?

It's an ice box cake variation using vanilla wafers in place of graham crackers.

Is banana pudding a southern thing?

While banana pudding is synonymous with the south today, few people know that the earliest variations of this recipe actually originated in Massachusetts and central Illinois.

Why is my banana pudding cheesecake mixture lumpy?

If you didn't fully soften your cream cheese, you may not have been able to fully incorporate it. That's the usual culprit.

More Delicious Desserts

Yield: 24 servings

Banana Pudding Lasagna

Banana Pudding Lasagna

Banana pudding lasagna takes the flavors of a classic dessert and turns them into the ultimate ice box cake. It's easy and so delicious.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Crust Ingredients:
  • 2 - 11 oz vanilla wafers
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • Cheesecake Layer Ingredients:
  • 2 - 8 oz cream cheese packages
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heaving whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3.4 oz box banana pudding
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 5 large bananas, sliced

Instructions

  1. To make crust, place one box of vanilla wafers in a blender or food processor. Blend to fine crumbs. Mix vanilla wafer crumbs and melted butter with a fork.
  2. Press mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
  3. To prepare cheesecake layer, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, beat banana pudding mix and milk together until it thickens. Add pudding to the cream cheese mixture. Blend together.
  6. Spread half or cheesecake mixture over crust.
  7. Add a layer of sliced bananas.
  8. Add a layer of whole vanilla wafers.
  9. Spread remaining cheesecake mixture over top of vanilla wafers.
  10. Add a layer of sliced bananas.
  11. Crush the remaining vanilla wafers into smaller chunks and sprinkle them over top of banana layer.
  12. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 361Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 54mgSodium 233mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 1gSugar 22gProtein 4g

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