Banana pudding dip is the perfect no-bake summer dessert

When the temperature outside creeps up, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. That doesn’t mean you can’t whip up some tasty treats, though. This no-bake banana pudding dip from Let’s Dish is the perfect creamy and cool dessert for summer, and you won’t even break a sweat making it. It comes together in a snap, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

For dipping, you can use everything from fresh fruit to shortbread cookies to graham crackers or vanilla wafers. The sky’s the limit! Just be sure to wait until right before serving to add the fresh bananas as a garnish so they don’t brown.

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It’s almost too pretty to eat — “almost” being the operative word!

Another super-cute option that comes courtesy of the same food blog is mason jar banana pudding. Danielle, the blogger behind Let’s Dish, likes to use Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies in this layered dessert, but suggests that you could also substitute in vanilla wafers or graham crackers.

You could even split this recipe into mini mason jars for individual servings, which is perfect for bringing along to a picnic so everyone can have their own little dose of sweet, creamy goodness.

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And if you’d like a side of booze with your banana pudding, try banana pudding shots. With the addition of white rum, it’s a great way to enjoy this classic summer dessert in a fun, adults-only way.

Finally, for another great twist on banana pudding, try this recipe for banana pudding cheesecake. The two creamy desserts complement each other perfectly and come together for one delicious treat you won’t be able to get enough of.

Make sure you follow all the tried and true tips for making a great cheesecake every time: Start with room-temperature ingredients, beat on a low setting and bake with a water bath.

Do you have a favorite banana pudding-based recipe?