Banana Cream Pie Bars with Pecans in the Crust

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This recipe for Banana Cream Pie Bars with Pecans in the Crust is a dreamy, creamy dessert that’s perfect for your sweet tooth. This dessert comes well together with decadent layers of crushed Nila wafers as a base, an outrageously delicious banana pudding, sliced bananas, whipped topping that makes these bars so luscious. There is something very pleasurably tasty yet healthy when you combine bananas in dessert recipes. The creamy texture of banana adds thickness and makes for an excellent addition to banana dessert recipes. Also, there are crushed pecans added to the crust that give these bars a very unusual and sublime twist. You can add other assorted nuts like walnuts, cashews and chopped almonds along with pecans or add them as a garnish for a crunchy twist to this recipe. It’s also a fun way to incorporate extra nutrition. This recipe is fuss-free and one of the most easy desserts that are perfect for any occasion including family brunch and get together. Easy dessert recipes always save time especially if you have an event planned at the last minute.

Dessert recipes that have pudding and whipped cream in them taste the best after sitting in the fridge overnight or a minimum of at least 2-5 hours. As an alternate variation to the crust in this recipe, you can also use Graham cracker crust or any of your favorite cracker crust. You can use other types of crusts like wafer crumbs; chocolate flavored graham crackers, ginger snaps, ‘Digestive’ or ‘Rich Tea biscuits,' lady fingers, shortbread, or any cookie with a little bit of cinnamon in it. You could also use Oreos, Sandies cookies, Honey Nut Cheerios, or Sara Lee pound cake, yellow cake mix, Milk Arrowroots, soda crackers, etc. The choice is endless with several excellent options.

Some useful tips to remember while making this recipe is to add a few drops of pure vanilla extract in it, or you could also add banana extract. Make sure to cook the banana pudding until it turns thick before letting it set in the fridge to prevent the pudding from turning runny. You may add cornstarch to pudding to help it thicken and add a creamier texture. It cannot be stressed enough that pudding will always taste better when you prepare it from scratch as opposed to using the store-bought instant pudding. Ninty percent of the times store-bought puddings contain artificial colorings and flavors. It is best only to use instant pudding mix when you're running low on time. In the place of ‘Cool Whip,’ you can use organic heavy whipping cream with cane sugar. To make it extra firm, add a tablespoon of instant vanilla pudding to the whipping cream. Adding instant vanilla pudding prevents the watery texture in the recipe. To avoid the bananas from discoloring or turning brownish, you can sprinkle a bit of lemon juice and give it a good tossing before you incorporate them into the dessert. Bananas are rich in potassium which helps in maintaining blood pressure and heart functioning. Because of the nutritional value of banana in this dessert, it is not only a great way of getting kids to eat healthily but also allows them to enjoy a much deserved sweet treat now and then.

Thank you to Averie at the Averie cooks recipe blog for sharing this easy Banana Cream Pie Bars recipe with us. Do visit Averie’s blog for more quick dessert recipes. This banana cream pie bars recipe will surely make your family go bananas because it is a beautiful little surprise they will surely enjoy. Try making it today!

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