Recipe by Kathy Mathieu
"This is a no-bake pie with cream cheese and pudding. Any flavor pudding may be used for this pie."
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1 1/2 cups
graham cracker crumbs
1 (3 ounce) package
cream cheese, softened
2 (3.5 ounce) packages
instant banana pudding mix
3 1/2 cups
1 (8 ounce) container
frozen whipped topping, thawed
Super Yummy! No leftovers in my house! I bought a box of graham cracker crumbs (instead of making my own-to save prep time). Instead of 2 boxes of banana pudding, I used 1 box of banana pudding and 1 box of french vanilla. Also, I layered as follows: graham cracker crumbs, banana slices, 1/2 of the pudding mixture, a layer of vanilla wafers, the other 1/2 of pudding mixture, another banana slice layer, then the whipped topping. I used more bananas than the recipe called for, because my family loves them! My husband said it's his new favorite dessert!
I cannot for the life of me figure out how you can put 7 oz. of pudding mix into 3 oz. of "fluffy" cream cheese and make it creamy. It was a mess. Ended up adding another 3 oz. cream cheese, a tub of cool whip, a bunch of banana slices, and enough milk to make it somewhat creamy. Thank goodness I had my kitchen aid to beat it all. My pie ended up great, but it was nowhere near what this recipe says to do.
NOTE!! Cream cheese needs to be room temp to become creamy!! I couldn't understand why the whole mess was not going according to the directions until I read one of the reviews. Because I was already "too late" in the process, I ended up putting the whole pudding mixture in the blender to get it to actually break apart and congeal. Even then it was runny and I had to let it set a bit before pouring it over the crust and bananas...and then I had to let it set a bit more before adding the next layer of bananas. Could've been prevented if the directions had been a little more clear for those of us not accustomed to using cream cheese in such a way. But now it looks great and from what I've sampled, it tastes great too! Still I wanted to START my review with the cream cheese alert so that if you are just glancing over the reviews, hopefully it will catch your attention! :)
Great recipe! Good flavor and it's not that involved for when you want a good dessert without alot of work. I will reccomend cutting the recipe in half if you don't have alot of people. This fills a 9 x 13 pan to the top. That's alot of banana pie to eat before it goes bad.
Excellent Pie! Made it twice now. First time as is. Got rave reviews! Second time I added a few ingredients to make it a banana split cake type. Just added a layer of strawberry ice cream syrup (that I had to use up)and drizzled it with chocolate syrup. Wow! As for the reviewers that had problems with the cream cheese becoming creamy.. always bring your cream cheese to room temp when making a recipe or pop it in the microwave on defrost for a minute or two if your in a hurry. Thanks Kathy for the awesome recipe!
Even though I got rave reviews from my guests, I still am a bit disappointed with this pie. It tasted like banana pudding to me. I used a prebaked (homemade) pie shell in place of the graham cracker crust, but followed the recipe for the filling exactly. What I got was a banana pudding pie. I might try to use one package of vanilla pudding and one of the banana instead of the two and I may add more cream cheese. By the way, my cream cheese didn't mix into the batter too well (and I used a kitchenaid mixer) and I was a little concerned about it's appearance, but once it chilled overnight it seemed fine. I also made homemade whipped cream instead of the cool whip stuff - so that helped with the taste.
pretty good ;)
This was a very good! and very easy to make. I agreed with the other, this recipe can be halved. I ended up filling 1 pie shell and 6 individual pie cups. My 4 year old daughter helped me make this, very easy and simple for kids! Thanks.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 163
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