Be sure to clean your hands and the area you're working in. A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen!
Step 1: Round up the ingredients
-1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nut
- 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
- 1 small container Cool Whip or other whipped topping
- 2 small (3.4 ounce) packages vanilla pudding mix
- 2 1/2-3 cups sliced bananas (about 3 medium)
- 3 cups cold milk
For a chocolate version, switch to chocolate pudding mix and nix the bananas if you'd prefer.
- 2 small bowls
- 1 medium bowl
- glass measuring cup
- 1 9x13-inch baking pan
- cooling rack or other place you can use to cool stuff
- a couple spoons
- stand or hand mixer
Step 2: Making the crust
*ahem* It's time for you to create your crust!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small bowl, mix the flour and butter together until will blended. Add nuts and stir well. Press mixture into ungreased 9x13-inch pan. You can use your hands or a spoon, whichever you feel more comfortable with. Then, pop it in your nice hot oven for 10-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.
Step 3: I'm gonna cream you!
With your mixer, cream together the sugar and cream cheese. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom occasionally. Beat until light and fluffy. Then, gently fold* in 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Top with one layer of banana slices.
*Folding means to very gently mix together not by stirring, but by scraping ingredients from the bottom and incorporating with ingredients added. It helps to keep ingredients that have air incorporated in them, in this case Cool Whip, light and fluffy. Otherwise you'd end up with something the consistency of cream!