Introduction: Banana Fantasy

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This is a delicious dessert that makes perfect use of those bananas you have laying around that are too ripe to eat by themselves.

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

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To make this yummy dessert, you'll need:

-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.

- hands
- 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
- refrigerator
- oven
- a couple spoons
- stand or hand mixer
- whisk

Step 2: Making the Crust

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Every food needs a base. All your base are belong to us.

*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!

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After you've taken your crust out of the oven, it's time to move onto the next step.

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!

Step 4: Pudding!

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This is the yummiest part of all, the pudding layer!

Pour milk into medium bowl and add the pudding mix. Whisk together for 2 minutes or until smooth. Spread evenly over bananas. Cover with remaining Cool Whip. Cover the whole thing and refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until pudding is firm.

If you make this or have any questions, please let me know. I'm happily awaiting your response. Enjoy!


footer0 (author)2009-06-02

All your base are belong to us is a WARCRAFT III cheat O.o

Nafeesa (author)2008-11-17

What is Cool whip,we dont have this in South Africa

1thadeaus1 (author)Nafeesa2009-02-03

its just like high-speed blended/whipped milk...air infused milk...i like to say

Lady Firelyght (author)Nafeesa2008-12-11

It's a non-dairy whipped topping.

Wafflicious (author)2008-11-30

u wanna send some of that my way? thanx

ma_pignon (author)2008-10-28

that looks so good. unfortunately, i'm out of bananas right now.

Lady Firelyght (author)ma_pignon2008-10-29

Oh noez! Well, if you like chocolate you could always omit the bananas and vanilla pudding and add chocolate pudding instead. It's quite delicious as well.

FreshPineSent (author)2008-10-27

This isn't my banana fantasy...

Hahahaha. Just try it, I bet it will be ;)

canida (author)2008-10-27

Mmmm. I'm a big fan of pudding-based desserts, but would still recommend using real whipping cream.

Lady Firelyght (author)canida2008-10-27

My mother says the same thing, but I actually prefer cool whip in this particular recipe. It's really a matter of personal preference :)

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