a Southern delight

A yummy Southern dessert recipe that ON THE VERGE OF I DO‘s Kara Kincaid definitely would have made if she hadn’t been so busy being seduced by Eli Houghton. :howyoudoin

Deep-dish Layered Southern Banana Pudding
with Pecan Streusel Topping


46 Nilla Wafers – divided
3 tablespoons butter – melted
1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
1⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 packages (3.4 oz. each) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping – thawed, divided
4 bananas (1 lb.) – sliced
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese – softened
1⁄4 cup granulated sugar


Heat oven to 350-degrees F. Crush 30 wafers, mix with melted butter, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spread onto bottom of 15×10×1-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 5 minutes, stir. Bake 3 to 5 minutes more or until golden brown. Cool.

Beat pudding mixes and milk with whisk for 2 min. (Pudding will be thick.) Stir in 1 cup Cool Whip. Layer 1/3 of the crumb mixture and half each of the bananas and pudding in a 2-quart serving bowl.  Repeat.

Beat cream cheese and granulated sugar in medium bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in 1 cup of remaining Cool Whip.  Spread over top, sealing to edge of bowl. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Top each serving with remaining Cool Whip and whole wafers just before serving.

Enjoy! :cool


4 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Quilt Lady says:

    This sounds really good, have never made one like this. Must try it.

  2. ChrisS says:

    Yumm! Growing up my Mom used to make banana pudding. Though, never like this. Thanks for the recipe. I look forward to trying it. :thumbsup

  3. Laura J. says:

    I’m not a fan of banana pudding, but I’m definitely gonna copy, paste and save for when I need to bring a dish to some function. I bet it will be a big hit!!

    • Heidi says:

      I can be very on the fence about banana stuff, but the pecan topping puts this one over the top for me. Sprinkle brown sugar & pecans on just about anything & I’ll eat it. :patrick

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