Classic banana pudding gets a creamy, decadent makeover. Consider this Banana Pudding Cheesecake recipe our way of upping the ante on a classic Southern dessert. Cheesecake is always a crowd-pleaser at Southern affairs, and this version takes the velvety confection to new heights. An easy crust of vanilla wafers, chopped pecans, and butter gets your springform ready for smooth cheesecake filling. After topping with festive garnishes like vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and homemade whipped cream, get ready to taste the heavenly mash-up you never knew you needed. Packed with all the flavor of traditional banana pudding, this new twist on cheesecake will take everyone by delicious surprise. This season, try your hand at this reader-favorite Banana Pudding Cheesecake.
1 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, melted
17 vanilla wafers
2 large ripe bananas, diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarsely crushed vanilla wafers
Garnishes: sweetened whipped cream, vanilla wafers, sliced bananas tossed in lemon juice
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Press mixture onto bottom of a greased and floured 9-inch springform pan. Stand 17 vanilla wafers around edge of pan (rounded sides against pan), pressing gently into crust to secure. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).
Combine bananas and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 1 minute or just until sugar has dissolved.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 minutes or until smooth. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Gently stir banana mixture into cream cheese mixture. Pour batter into prepared crust.
Bake at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen. Sprinkle top of cheesecake with coarsely crushed wafers. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 8 hours.