Now that spring is finally here, it’s the time of the year to incorporate plenty of fresh fruit into your diet — and a dessert is a great place to start, especially when you can make a fruit-filled treat that’s as sweet, smooth and creamy as this one.
The next time you’ve got ripe bananas on your hands, upgrade your go-to pudding recipe by whipping up this banana cheesecake with cream-pie topping instead. The recipe comes from Life, Love and Sugar and is just as creamy as classic banana pudding, but combines cheesecake texture with a lighter-than-air cream pie topping that will make you reconsider enjoying bananas in any other form.
For starters, the crust is make using crumbled vanilla wafers, butter and sugar. Next comes the cheesecake filling, which is made with cream cheese, sour cream, pureed bananas and eggs. Last, but certainly not least is the Bavarian cream pie layer that’s concocted in part using gelatin, heavy whipping cream and banana extract.
Top this all off with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh banana slices, and you’ve got one heavenly, banana-filled dessert on your hands:
If you’d like a version that’s a little less dense and a lot more fluffy, you can also try this version from Six Sisters’ Stuff which incorporates Cool Whip into the filling to give a cloud-like consistency and even more cream-pie feel to this perfectly sweet dessert:
On the other hand, perhaps pure, dense decadence is what you seek. In that case, you’ll want to add an even thicker base to your banana cheesecake and opt for this banana bread bottomed-cheesecake instead. The recipe comes from Holly’s Cheat Day and combines a layer of creamy cheesecake on top of a homemade banana bread crust.
In the end, you’ve got one rich dessert that’s packed with banana flavor:
Still think nothing beats classic banana pudding? Then, this cheesecake recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen is the one for you. It calls for brown sugar, super-ripe bananas, brown sugar and cream cheese to create the ultimate cheesecake-pudding mash-up:
There’s no going wrong with any of these banana desserts this spring and summer. With all of the barbecues and outdoor parties you’ll be attending and hosting, you’ll probably have a chance to try them each one. And there’s no harm in that — the more banana cheesecake desserts there are in your life, the better.