Banana Pudding Cheesecake
When two of your favorite desserts become one!
|2||blocks (16 oz.) cream cheese, softened|
|2 cups||heavy cream|
|1 teaspoon||pure vanilla extract|
|1 package||instant vanilla pudding mix|
|1 3/4 cups||milk|
|1||prepared graham cracker crust|
|3||bananas, sliced, plus more slices for garnish|
|30||Nilla wafers, plus more for garnish|
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.
Add sugar and beat until combined. Add heavy cream and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
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.
Pour half the filling into graham cracker crust. Add a single layer of sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers (23 total), then pour over remaining half of mixture. Smooth top and garnish with crushed Nillas.
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 freeze for up to 1 hour.)
Before serving, top with dollops of whipped cream or Cool Whip around the border of the cheesecake. Top each dollop with a banana slice and Nilla wafer, then garnish the whole cheesecake with more Nilla Wafers.