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To me, the best desserts are those that are gooey, chocolatey, and amazingly rich. However, my husband likes to switch it up every once in a while and he requested a banana cream pie this past week.
Easy Banana Cream Pie
80 Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed (about one 12 oz box)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (light is fine)
2 cups powdered sugar
2 (8 oz) containers Cool Whip, thawed (light is fine)
1 box (5.1 oz) banana cream instant pudding
2 cups milk (skim is fine)
3 bananas, sliced
Mix together the crushed cookies and melted butter. Press into a 9x13" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 container of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled cookie crust.
Beat together the banana cream pudding with milk. Let stand for about 4-5 minutes until it has thickened. Spread on top of cream cheese layer.
Spread sliced bananas on top of pudding, covering the entire pan.
Spread the last container of Cool Whip on top of the bananas. Let set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
Top with caramel sauce, sliced bananas and crushed cookies as a garnish (totally optional, but it makes it look good).