These delicious Banana Pudding Brownies are always a surprising delight when brought to events. They're super simple to make and really do have a Banana Pudding flavor! They have a chewy, fudgy texture just like a real brownie, with a crunch on the top from the vanilla wafers - and that classic banana and walnut combo.
When researching this delicious dessert recipe there were a few different styles that I could see out there - some had the classic brownie as a bottom layer with a pudding mixture (pudding layer) on top. There was also some that had fresh ripe bananas swirled into a classic brownie mix with an instant pudding mix up in there.
Prepared in this way, using banana cake mix is one of my family favorites, served up with a nice glass of ice cold milk, everyone's in heaven.
This recipe has really simple ingredients and not many. Disregard the 1 cup milk (or other fluid) that the cake mix calls for on the box. If you add this the cake mix will become more cake-like. Leaving out this fluid actually helps the batter become more brownie-like.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Step 1: In a medium or large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until soft.
- Step 2: Add one egg, the vanilla extract and powdered sugar and beat again for about 2 minutes. Set aside.
- Step 3: In another mixing bowl combine the cake mix, remaining eggs and the oil and mix well on a low speed.
- Step 4: Stir in the chopped walnuts.
- Step 5: In a greased 13x9 baking dish add the brownie batter in dollops - it'll be more like a cookie dough consistency.
- Step 6: Spoon the cream cheese mixture all around the brownie batter.
- Step 7: Shake the baking dish a little to even out.
- Step 8: Top with vanilla wafers and bake in the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.
Hint: After you remove from the oven allow to cool completely on a wire rack and then refrigerate for a few hours to help the banana pudding brownies set well. This is before you cut into them.
Substitutions & Variations
- Nuts - instead of the walnuts, you could try pecans or almonds.
- Vanilla Wafers - Try crushing them to add more of a crumble effect on top.
- Oil - Instead of using oil, try using melted butter instead.
- Bananas - add banana slices on top after the banana brownies have cooled to add even more banana flavor.
- White Chocolate Chips - For even more decadence, add some white chocolate chips to the brownie batter.
- Cool Whip - Add a dollop of cool whip, whipped cream or drizzle with heavy cream.
- Pudding Mixes - I didn't try using pudding mixes in my recipe so I can't give word on how that would turn out.
Another favorite banana recipe my family and friends love is my famous Banana Bread!
I have a nice big stand mixer that I could have used, but then I actually only have one bowl for it. Due to the fact I need two mixing bowls for this recipe I found using my hand mixer the best option. This is my favorite hand mixer.
When I make banana pudding I love to serve it up in a trifle bowl. Of course, that's not really the way you would serve up brownies. They always look nice served up on a cake stand, or a platter!
I use a 13x9 baking dish, but if you want to use a square baking pan that's fine. It will be a much thicker brownie though and you may have to alter the time to add more.
After you have refrigerated your banana pudding brownies they should be nice and set. They'll be fine room temperature covered in plastic wrap for a few hours if needed. It's best to keep them in the refrigerator though, in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
These brownies do freeze well, for up to 3 months.
Don't overcook these brownies, you want them to keep a great chewy texture! When you take them out of the oven there should be a slight jiggle in the middle but that will set once cooled and refrigerated. If you overcook them they'll become too hard.
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- 1 (8oz) Package Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 (16.5oz) Box Banana Cake Mix
- ⅓ Cup Vegetable Oil
- ½ Cup Walnuts, Chopped
- 1 Cup Vanilla Wafers
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Add the Cream Cheese to a medium mixing bowl and beat until soft (about 2 minutes)
- Add 1 egg, the vanilla and powdered sugar and beat again another 2 minutes. Set aside.
- In another medium sized mixing bowl add the cake mix, remaining 2 eggs and the oil. Beat for 1 minute until well mixed.
- Dollop the brownie batter into a greased 13x9 Oven Dish.
- Spoon the cream cheese mix around the brownie batter. Use a skewer to pass through and make swirls.
- Top with the vanilla wafers.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The center will still be a little soft when you take out.
- Place the dish on a cooling rack to cool completely. Then refrigerate before cutting into the brownies.
The cake mix texture will be very thick, but this is ok.
Make sure to set in the refrigerator at least an hour before cutting into it.
If you can't find a Banana cake mix, you could use a traditional brownies mix then use banana pudding mix to add that banana flavor.
You could slice bananas and serve on top of the brownies.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 185Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 54mgSodium 82mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 3g