With its rich flavor and subtle sweetness, this Banana Cream Cheesecake puts a simple, creamy twist on classic banana pudding. A bit of extra crunch from the light and buttery no-bake crust adds a satisfying complexity to the texture, making this treat versatile enough to fit any occasion.
Easy Banana Pudding Cheesecake
This creamy no-bake cheesecake makes the perfect summer dessert! With a buttery Nilla Wafer crumb crust, this recipe takes classic banana pudding and gives it a little more structure, making it an ideal item for bake sales or book clubs. It’s quick to whip up, with no baking required, but still elegant enough to impress your friends when you set the plate out on the table.
The satisfying creaminess and big banana flavor of this cheesecake make it a total crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s super easy to add toppings to, so you can go as simple or as decadent as you want. You can even let people add their own!
What You’ll Need
These simple banana cream cheesecake bars call for only 6 ingredients. Exact measurements for everything can be found in the printable recipe card below.
- Nilla Wafer Cookie Crumbs: Break up any larger pieces, but don’t go too small. You want crumbs, not dust.
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Cream Cheese: Always go for full-fat when you’re making no-bake cheesecake.
- Banana Cream Pudding Mix
Can I Make Another Kind of Crust?
Absolutely! This crust uses crumbled Nilla Wafers, but another classic when it comes to cheesecake is graham cracker crust. Just replace the Nilla Wafer crumbs with graham cracker crumbs and you should be good to go. There are also more creative options, like Oreo cookie crust. Biscoff cookies and gingersnaps also work, and if you want to go really old school, try pure butter shortbread crumbs.
How to Make No-Bake Banana Cheesecake
All you need to make this no-bake cheesecake come together is a stand mixer or electric hand mixer and a fridge! With only 20 minutes of active prep time, getting these bars into the fridge is a breeze.
Crush the Cookies: First, crush the Nilla Wafers, either with a food processor or by placing the cookies in a ziplock bag and grinding them down with a rolling pin.
Make the Crust: Mix the cookie crumbs with melted butter until they form a crumble, then press them into the bottom of an 8×8-inch pan that has been lined with parchment paper. The paper will make it easier for you to lift the whole cheesecake out of the pan after it chills.
Whip the Cream: Beat the whipping cream and sugar together in a large bowl until stiff peaks form, then set the bowl aside.
Mix in the Banana: Beat the cream cheese on medium speed in a large bowl until it’s smooth. Add the instant banana pudding mix a little bit at a time, mixing well between each addition. This mixture will become very thick, so make sure to use a good hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer.
Combine and Assemble: Add the whipped cream into the bowl with the cream cheese and beat it until everything is smooth. Scoop the cheesecake mixture over the Nilla Wafer crust and spread it out evenly using a spoon or rubber spatula.
Chill: Add a secure layer of plastic wrap over the top of the pan and refrigerate the cheesecake for 8 hours, or overnight.
Serve: Lift the chilled cheesecake out of the pan by using the edges of the parchment paper as handles and cut it into 9 even squares. Top the cheesecake bars with the garnish of your choice and serve.
Tips for Success
This cheesecake is so easy to make, and it tastes great too! Here are a few quick tips to follow so it comes out perfect every time.
- Keep the Bowl Cold: Before you whip the cream in it, try placing the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes so that it’s cold. This helps the stiff peaks form quicker.
- Don’t Skimp on the Chill Time: The chill time is what allows the cheesecake flavors to meld together. The Nilla Wafer crust also softens, which adds butteriness to the texture.
- Use a Warm Knife: If you want really clean squares, try running your knife under hot water and then drying it with a paper towel before you cut the cheesecake into bars. This will stop the cheesecake from sticking as much.
- Bigger Handles Are Better: When you line the pan with parchment paper, make sure you leave enough sticking up over the edges so that you can get a good grip when you lift the bars out. Otherwise, your cheesecake might end up on the floor.
What Toppings Go With Banana Cheesecake?
This simple dessert is the perfect place to let your creativity roam free. Try adding some of these toppings, or put a variety out and let people choose for themselves!
- Whipped Cream: Follow this recipe for sweet and fluffy Homemade Whipped Cream.
- Banana Slices: You can also try other fruits, like strawberries or blueberries. Maraschino cherries will give this dessert a fun banana split vibe.
- Cinnamon: Add a sprinkling of cinnamon over the top, or try nutmeg instead.
- Chocolate Ganache: Whip up a quick ganache to add richness and complexity to your cheesecake.
- Caramel Sauce: Drizzle some salted caramel across the top to help bring out the flavors. You can also try this Sweetened Condensed Milk Caramel, also known as dulce de leche.
How to Store Extras
If you have leftovers or decide to make this cheesecake in advance, cover the bars with plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to three days. Make sure you always serve them chilled, since they’ll get soupy if they’re left out for too long. It’s best if you wait to add any toppings until you’re ready to serve.
Does This Cheesecake Freeze Well?
These bars do great in the freezer. Before you add the toppings, wrap them tightly in plastic and stick them in the freezer for up to 3 months. These cheesecake squares should never be heated, even for defrosting, so thaw them out in the fridge overnight. If you coat them in ganache so that the cream is fully covered, you can even eat them straight out of the freezer for a delicious frozen cheesecake treat!
More Banana Desserts to Try
- 3 cups Nilla Wafer cookie crumbs (approximately one 11-ounce box)
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 24 ounces cream cheese (3 8-ounce packages) softened
- 2 packages instant banana cream pudding mix (3.4 ounces each)
- optional garnish: whipped topping and banana slices
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the Nilla Wafer crumbs and the melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a square 8×8-inch baking pan (a 9×9-inch pan will also work well) lined with a sheet of parchment paper with extra paper sticking up from the edges. Chill the crust in the refrigerator or freezer while you move on to the next steps.
- In a large metal mixing bowl (I like to place the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes so it's cold), with an electric mixer or stand mixer on medium speed, whip the heavy whipping cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer or stand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the dry pudding mixes a little at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the whipped cream and mix until smooth.
- Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the chilled crust. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the cheesecake for 8 hours, or overnight.
- Cut the chilled cheesecake into 9 squares and garnish with whipped topping and banana slices if desired. Serve chilled.
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- To Store: Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to three days. Serve chilled.
- To Freeze: Wrap tightly in plastic and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. OR: Coat completely with chocolate ganache and serve frozen.
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61 comments on “Creamy Banana Cheesecake”
I wonder if a 9″ round spring form pan would work good
this is dreamy, yummy and easy to make. Double it…cause you will want more!
This recipe is delicious! I wish I would have read the reviews before making it because I agree that it should be put in a 9 x 13“ baking dish instead of an 8 x 8 square dish. Will make this with that adjustment next time. Thank you for a new go-to recipe!
Haven’t tried it yet. Was the crust too thick or too much filling?
I want your Recipe please that look so Good.
Could I use any instant pudding for this recipe?
This was by far the very best Banana Cream Cheese cake bars I have ever tasted, I did change it a bit but it was a huge hit. Thank you
Absolutely delicious! Made it for our Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!
8×8 pan is too small. Need to use half sheet pan or 9×13. Good flavor.
Love this recipe
Like to try the banana cream cheese
Is the butter supposed to be salted or unsalted?
Has anyone tried using Graham Crackers instead of Nilla wafers?
I don’t make the pudding mix?Just pour it in dry right?
Has anyone tried doing this using sugar free pudding mix?
I am gg to try doing it no sugar added and the quantity of pudding mix has me wondering if it will set up right. Sugar free mix is only 1 ounce and not 3.4 ounces
I tried with sugar free pudding mix and the consistency became very strange. I should have just stuck with the two .9 oz of pudding (I increased up to four because the banana flavor was almost nonexistent with the two small boxes and I thought maybe it was due to the 3.4 oz size not being met). When I used the extra pudding, the texture became very gummy. I would either accept the limited banana flavor and just use 2 of the .9 oz boxes or make the recipe as stated above.
I wonder if you can use fresh banana’s instead of pudding mix with the cream chz?
This sounds great, but I would just call it cheesecake. Bars makes it sound like you can pick it up and eat it.
You can pick it up and eat it
This recipe is right up my alley. Few ingredients and a delicious flavor. Light dessert to follow a big meal.
I can’t wait to try this!
I am trying.to get the banana. Cheesecske recipe!! I need to taste that right now!!! You have wonderful recipeso uhcsan KITCHEN FUN!!
Im going to mix up that filling and pipe it into strawberries i bet they will be a perfect pair
Made this last night for the family … Woke up to my son eating it for breakfast and his coffee ! This was a hit in the family ! ♥️
it looks so yummy and decadent!
I just made this, and its so yummy. The problem I had was when I mixed the pudding mix in. It caused the mixture to be lumpy. So its not as smooth as a normal cheesecake is. Maybe I did something wrong but I think next time I’ll make the pudding and then add it in. Afterwards when I realized something was wrong, I decided to mix 2 bananas and some more whipping cream to hopefully help the batter and also give more flavor. It helped a lot but still not exact. Still tastes good though 🙂
I made this.. I felt that it needed more whipping cream , as I was almost finished mixing it all together, because it felt a little gummy and concentrated , I added another 3/4 of a pint of cream to the mixture..and it was perfect
Has anyone tried to make this with *lowfat* options. Trying to watch carb, cholesterol, and sodium intake..this looks amazing!
This was a huge hit with my fam!!! I did substitute with lower fat cream cheese. Also used 9×13 glass baking dish. Added additional whipped cream to cream cheese pudding mixture as it seemed really thick. We liked it so much that we started brainstorming other flavors to try haha. I think you could substitute sugar free pudding mix too. I may try that next with a nut crust to lower the sugar content instead of Nilla wafers.
I just made this and the texture is a bit grainy. Any ideas?
I WAS LOOKING AT THE COMMENTS TO SEE IF ANYONE ASKED IF YOU USE GRANULATED OR POWDERED SUGAR, IN MY OPINION, I THINK THAT USING GRANULATED SUGAR IS WHAT MAKES IT GRAINY, WHEN I MAKE THIS,I’M GOING TO USE POWDERED SUGAR AS THAT IS WHAT MOST OF THESE TYPES OF RECIPES CALL FOR,I HOPE THIS HELPED.
I used powdered sugar, it incorporates a lot better
I used powdered as well
do you use the same amount of sugar when using powdered sugar?
This was easy enough to make ! Made this on the weekend. It was a hit!
Like the receipts that I see
Looks so good !! Thank you for sharing !! Do you have any diabetic dessert recipes ??
You could use sugar free pudding, & sugar substitute, & I would use Graham crackers(they don’t seem as sweet as vanilla wafers)
I substituted Splenda for sugar, only using 1/2 cup, and sugar free banana cream pudding. I also used Graham crackers instead of Nilla Wafers. It’s in fridge now.
Hi, I made in 9×13 pan and cut sugar back to 1/2 cup. I think that two/8 ounces of cream cheese would have been enough. I put banana slices on top of crust after baking it for 10 minutes and cooling the crust in the fridge. It is chilling in fridge until tomorrow afternoon
I just made this and WOW! I don’t like sweets very much at all, but this one takes the cheesecake! ;p YUM! Easy, quick and delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Can’t find instant. Have you done this with the regular box?
Never mind. I actually do have instant. It just was in really small letters and the package looks different.
Sounds Alta yummy. When I was a kid my mother made a cake called “Banana Delight Cake” it had a graham cracker crust, sliced bananas some rich filling more sliced bananas whipped cream topped with chopped nuts. It didn’t require baking. She has passed and I can’t find the receipt anywhere. This sounds almost as good. I’m definitely going to try this.
That’s a wonderful memory.
Looks like something I might try.
Easy to make and DELICIOUS! A Crowd Pleaser!
I don’t see aprint option
Hi Ruth, there is a Print Button at the top of the Recipe Box.
Just finished making, definitely put in a 9 x13 pan. Couldn’t find instant banana cream pudding in instant or regular. Opted out for instant coconut cream, very good. Will toast coconut and sprinkle on top. Will make again
I made this, but used a 9×13 pan instead because the crust filled the whole 8×8 pan. 9×13 pan worked way better. It tasted really good aswell. I did doctor it up a bit. I used honey gram cracker crust instead of vanilla wafers and one 5 oz box of banana cream pudding and one 3.4 oz box of vanilla pudding. Yummy yummy
Yes… As well I used a 9 by 13. Way too much for the smaller pan. Next time I will try your idea of half and half of the pudding flavors :).
I also used 9X13 pan perfect fit !
I wish I had read these comments before trying the recipe. It’s WAY too much for an 8×8 pan. I actually filled two 8×8 pans, and still have crumbs left over (I used graham crackers instead of Nilla wagers, because cheesecake isn’t cheesecake without graham cracker crust).
I still haven’t eaten any of it. Both pans are chilling in the fridge. But I know I’ll like it because I licked the utensils after I finished mixing it and putting it in the pans. 🙂
I will make them next weekend, however, I was disappointed that the only option was INSTANT pudding. We don’t care for the instant, it has a different flavor than the superior cooked pudding. I will prepare the cooked pudding first and chill until it is set. I will add it to the other ingredients and hopefully, it will turn out just fine. When there are options and suggestions for the option (such as cooked pudding) it is helpful to those of us who don’t do everything instant.
You add the dry pudding mix to the cream cheese. You don’t make the instant pudding.
Just wondering how this turned out as I only have regular on hand
You don’t cook it! It is dry mix.