Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars are creamy and delicious and extremely easy to make!
Craving a tasty cheesecake that you can take with you on the go? If so, try these delicious Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars that you can prepare with ease at home.
What Are Banana Cheesecake Bars?
Cheesecake Bars are similar to a traditional slice of cheesecake. However, you can take them with you while you are on the go. You do not need a fork to eat these sweet bars. The Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars combine the cheesecake taste with the sweet flavor of banana cream to provide an undeniably great taste.
Ingredients Needed to Make the Banana Cheesecake Bars
When preparing the Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars, you will need to have these important ingredients:
Nilla Wafers. Crush the wafers into crumbs before you use them.
Cream Cheese. Allow your cream cheese to sit out for a bit until soft before using it.
Instant Banana Cream Pudding Mix. The pudding mix contributes to the cheesecake and gives it the perfect banana flavor.
Whipped Topping. Use your favorite whipped topping to put on your No-Bake Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars.
Banana Slices. Slice a few bananas into thin pieces that you can put on top of your bars.
You will also need unsalted butter, heavy whipping cream, and sugar to complete this recipe.
Do I Have to Use Nilla Wafers?
The recipe calls for Nilla Wafers to create a light and tasty crust for your Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars. However, you do not have to use that specific brand. You can use a generic brand of vanilla cookies. You might also want to try Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies or Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies.
Which Brand of Pudding Mix is Best to Use for No Bake Banana Cheesecake?
The brand of your pudding mix does matter too much. The Jell-O brand offers both traditional and sugar-free banana cream instant pudding mix. The only thing you need to do is make sure that the box says “instant” on it. If the box does not say instant, you should not buy it because the pudding mix would not work properly for this recipe.
Is There a Substitute for Heavy Whipping Cream?
Heavy cream is an important ingredient to use when preparing Banana Cheesecake Bars. If you do not have heavy whipping cream available, you can substitute it with a combination of milk and butter. You can melt the butter before adding it to the milk and mixing well to combine both ingredients. If your milk is bad and you need another option, you can combine melted butter with half-and-half to create heavy whipping cream at home in a pinch.
Extra Ingredients to Use as Garnish
The banana slices and whipped topping taste great as a garnish for these bars. However, you can add additional toppings to each bar, such as a single Nilla Wafer cookie, chopped nuts, or even a drizzle of caramel. You can add a maraschino cherry or two to each bar and even add a chocolate drizzle if you would like to. Choose toppings that you know will taste good with both cheesecake and banana.
How to Store the Banana Cheesecake Bars
After slicing your Banana Cheesecake Bars into the perfect serving pieces, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and put them in a large food storage container with a lid. Place the container in the fridge to keep your bars fresh for up to a week. You can grab a bar as you please and take it with you while you are on the go. It is the perfect quick snack to have when you are in the mood for a flavorful treat without needing a fork or spoon to eat it.
Can I Freeze the Banana Cheesecake Bars?
You absolutely can freeze the Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars. The best way to preserve the freshness of these bars is to place them in the freezer for an hour to allow them to get firm.
Remove them from the freezer after an hour, wrap each bar in aluminum foil, and then place all the bars in a large freezer bag with a zipper seal. Be sure to seal the bag shut and label it with the name of the treat and the date. You can keep these tasty Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars fresh in the freezer for approximately three months.
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Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars
- 1 (11oz.) box Nilla Wafer, crushed into crumbs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 (3.4oz.) package instant banana cream pudding mix
- whipped topping
- banana slices
- Line an 8x8" baking dish with parchment paper.
- Combine the Nilla Wafer crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl.
- Press mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Place in the refrigerator to chill. I
- n a chilled bowl, using a handheld mixer, whip heavy cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
- Add pudding mix and beat until combined. Fold in whipped cream until smooth.
- Pour cream cheese filling evenly into the chilled crust.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before cutting into 9 squares and garnishing with whipped cream and banana slices.