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Banana Split No-Bake Cheesecake

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WW Freestyle: 7
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time8 hrs
Graham Cracker Crust topped with a creamy cheesecake mixture, vanilla pudding, pineapples, bananas and whipped cream. Also known as the Cheesecake that feeds an army. Or a crowd of 20-some.
Servings: 34 s
Calories: 105

Ingredients

For the Cheesecake

  • 2 cups finely ground graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8-ounces each) Neufchatel Cheese (French Cream Cheese), softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks (you can also use 1 (20-oz) can of pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 batch Vanilla Pudding (recipe to follow)
  • 1 batch Vanilla Whipped Cream (recipe to follow)
  • 3 fresh bananas , sliced into thin rounds
  • chocolate shavings

Vanilla Pudding

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks , lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter , cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions 

Make the Vanilla Pudding

  • (*Skip this step if using instant pudding - See my Notes at the bottom*)
  • Place a mesh strainer over a mixing bowl, preferably a bowl with a spout; set aside.
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt; whisk until combined.
  • While whisking, slowly add in 1/4 cup of the milk; continue to whisk until smooth.
  • Whisk in the egg yolks and the rest of the milk.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and, using a rubber spatula, stir constantly, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan, until the pudding thickens and makes ribbons when drizzled over the surface; about 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla extract.
  • Continue to stir until the butter is melted and well incorporated.
  • Pour the pudding through the previously prepared strainer.
  • Transfer to a container and cover with plastic wrap, lightly pressing the plastic wrap over the pudding so to prevent skin from forming.
  • Place in fridge and chill for 2 hours, or until set.

In the meantime, prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • (*Skip this step if using Cool Whip - see my Notes at the bottom.*)
  • In a mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Make Cheesecake

  • In a mixing bowl, combine ground crackers, sugar and melted butter; mix until well combined.
  • Press mixture onto the bottom of a 13x9-inch glass dish.
  • Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • In your mixer's bowl, combine Neufchatel Cheese, honey and vanilla; beat until blended and smooth.
  • Remove crust from the freezer.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust.
  • Arrange pineapple chunks over cream cheese mixture.
  • Remove pudding from fridge.
  • Add half of the Vanilla Whipped Cream to the chilled pudding; fold until combined.
  • Using an offset spatula, carefully spread the pudding over the pineapples.
  • Spread the rest of the Vanilla Whipped Cream over the pudding.
  • Refrigerate for 5 hours.
  • Arrange banana slices over dessert and top with chocolate shavings.
  • Cut and Serve.
  • Keep refrigerated.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD If you don't want to make pudding from scratch, you can also use 2 packages (3.4-ounces each) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix - make it according to the directions on the package. If you don't want to make Vanilla Whipped Cream from scratch, you can also use 2 cups Cool Whip, divided) Inspired by Kraft Vanilla Pudding adapted from Chow
 
Nutrition Facts
Banana Split No-Bake Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.