Banana Pudding Squares


  • 35 Nilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz) Philadelphia Neufchatel cheese, softened (or regular cream cheese)
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  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed, divided
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 3 cups milk (2% ok)
  • 2 pkgs. (4-servings size ea.) Jell-o vanilla flavor Instant pudding and pie filling. (Works with sugar free too)
  • 1/2 square Baker's semi-sweet baking chocolate, grated


Combine wafers and butter; press firmly onto bottom of 13x9-inch dish. Mix Neufchatel cheese and powdered sugar until well blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Spread evenly over crust; set aside. Cut bananas in half crosswise; cut each piece lengthwise in half. Arrange over Neufchatel cheese mixture. Pour milk into a large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes. Spoon over bananas. Spread with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.


Tip: Ease of removing dessert from dish: Line dish with foil before using, with ends of foil extending over sides of dish. Prepare recipe as directed. When ready to serve, remove dessert from dish using foil handles. Cut dessert into pieces as directed.

Can use the Jell-0 Chocolate flaveor instant pudding and pie filling in place of the vanilla, if desired.

By Connie from Cotter, AR

Editor's Note: This recipe is from Kraft Foods. Here is the link directly to their website:


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