Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This Banana Pudding Cheesecake is made with a vanilla wafer crust, loads of mashed and sliced bananas, and banana pudding mix! It’s got the best banana pudding flavor you could have in a cheesecake and it’s completely addicting!

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

So this Banana Pudding Cheesecake was only the third baked cheesecake that I ever shared on this site and that was back in 2014. It was the first cheesecake that I spent a bunch of time testing and learned so much about cheesecakes. That’s a big statement considering the number of cheesecake recipes I have now. They are one of my favorite things to make! I guess you could say that this cheesecake was the beginning of my love for making and testing fun new cheesecakes.

Given that it was posted almost 6 years ago exactly, I thought it was time to give it a facelift and a little extra love. If you love banana pudding, you will LOVE this cheesecake! It’s full of legit banana pudding flavor. There’s lots of banana – both in the filling as the “pudding” and as sliced bananas on top, and plenty of vanilla wafers – both in the crust and on top. You’re definitely going to want to try it.

As far as changes to the recipe, I didn’t really change much. It was pretty darn good from the beginning. I did decide to add a little sour cream to the filling. I’m a big fan of some sour cream in cheesecakes. It adds to a more creamy texture and and nice flavor. And then I increased the amount of crust. I love a good, solid crust.

How to make Banana Pudding Cheesecake

To get started with this cheesecake, you’ll make the crust. Since vanilla wafer cookies are key to banana pudding, they make up the crust. Combine some cookie crumbs with a little sugar and melted butter, then press them into your springform pan.

The filling is fairly straightforward. Combine your cream cheese with the sugar, flour and dry banana pudding mix. It will be a sticky mixture that’s a little thick, but that’s ok. It’ll work itself out as you go.

Next, add the sour cream. It starts to break up the sticky filling a little bit. Then add the eggs one at a time.

Keep in mind that when mixing ingredients together for a cheesecake filling, you want to mix on LOW speed. A higher speed will incorporate more air into the mixture and can lead to air bubbles, which can lead to cracks. Be patient and use low speed.

Finally, you’ll add in the vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Pour the filling into your crust and then get your water bath ready.

Banana Pudding Cheesecake slice on white plateDecorated Banana Pudding Cheesecake

How to Use a Cheesecake Water Bath

I know most aren’t big fans of a water bath. They add some extra steps and seem like a pain. But they really do make a difference in how a cheesecake turns out. If you were to bake this one without it, it would brown more around the edges, likely crack and fall a good bit in the center when it cools. You work so hard on a cheesecake, don’t miss out on a beautiful result by not taking the few extra steps. If you need a little help with setting up your water bath, or often have trouble with leaking, check out how I set my springform pans up for a water bath for some tips and tricks.

Baking Method

When baking the cheesecake, you’ll first bake it for about an hour and a half. You’re looking for edges of the cheesecake to be set and the inner couple inches to be somewhat set, but still a little jiggly.

Because of the eggs in a cheesecake filling, it’s similar to a custard. Therefore, you don’t want to over bake it and end up with cracks. So, you bake it until it’s mostly baked, then turn off the oven but keep it closed for another 30 minutes. The residual heat continues to finish cooking the cheesecake while also beginning to slowly cool it. It ends up cooked, but not over baked.

The final step is to continue the slow cooling process by cracking the oven door and letting it cool for another 30 minutes. After that, refrigerate until cool and firm, then add the whipped cream and some fresh bananas and vanilla wafers.

A Must Try Banana Dessert!

The final cheesecake is thick, creamy and full of flavor! I’m a big lover of banana flavored anything and this is definitely a favorite. In fact, my husband’s co-workers got to eat the remainder of this cheesecake and deemed it one of my best!

If you are looking for an awesome banana dessert, this is it! And for more great tips on baking cheesecake, check out my post on how to make a perfect cheesecake.

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More Great Banana Desserts

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Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes
Banana Cream Cheesecake
Mini Banana Pudding Cheesecakes
Overnight Baked Banana French Toast Casserole
Bananas Foster Cheesecake
Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake
Banana Split Layer Cake
Caramel Banana Layer Cake


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Recipe

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Banana Pudding Cheesecake is made with a vanilla wafer crust, loads of mashed and sliced bananas, and banana pudding mix! It’s got the best banana pudding flavor you could have in a cheesecake and it’s completely addicting!


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Ingredients

CRUST

  • 2 ¼ cups (302g) vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 5 tbsp (65g) sugar
  • 10 tbsp (140g) salted butter

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 24 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (24g) all-purpose flour
  • 3.4 oz instant banana cream pudding mix, dry
  • 1/4 cup (58g) sour cream
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (23 bananas)

TOPPING

  • 1 ¼ cups (300ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 6 tbsp (43g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 23 medium sized bananas
  • 11 vanilla wafer cookies, whole

Instructions

CRUST

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
  2. Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
  3. Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  4. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in (see how I prepare my pan for a water bath). Set prepared pan aside.

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  1. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and pudding mix on low speed until well combined and smooth. Mixture will be sticky. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sour cream and mix on low speed until well combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
  5. Add the mashed banana and vanilla extract and mix on low speed until well combined. Mixture will be a little lumpy
  6. Pour the cheesecake batter into the crust.
  7. Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
  8. Bake for 1 hour 30-45 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
  9. Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
  10. Crack the door of the oven for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly.
  11. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and refrigerate until cool and firm, 5-6 hours or overnight.

TOPPING

  1. When cooled and ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and place on a serving plate.
  2. To make the whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Place a layer of sliced bananas on top of the cheesecake, then pipe a layer of whipped cream swirls on top.
  4. Finish off the cheesecake with a few more banana slices and vanilla wafers. The fresh banana slices are best when added just before serving.
  5. Cheesecake is best when stored well covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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98 Comments
  1. Chandana Hathi

    It looks amazing .. I have yet to make it. Just fyi .. the video calls for crushed Graham Crackers for the crust whereas the recipe calls for crushed Vanilla wafers.. I guess both can be interchanged – correct?

    1. Chandana Hathi

      Also could you please update the ingredient list to “Instant” Banana pudding mix? There are so many varieties available, it can get confusing easily,

    2. Lindsay

      You could use them interchangeably, but I really prefer the vanilla wafers for this particular cheesecake. It was an error in the video and it has been corrected. Thanks!

  2. Suzanne Maturin

    I just came across this recipe a few months ago and had to make it. What an amazing recipe. My whole family could not get enough of it! Thank you!!!

  3. Kimberly Badejo

    This looks delicious! A couple of questions from a novice… when you say chill, does that mean room temp, or go ahead and place in the fridge? Also, is the a way to convert using a pie pan? Thanks in advance!

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, refrigerate. I’ve updated the instructions there to make things more clear. And as for a pie pan, I haven’t ever baked a cheesecake in a pie pan. If you try it, you’ll want it to be a fairly deep pan, since the cheesecake is relatively thick.

  4. Savannah

    So, I made this today and my husband and I are OBSESSED. Omg this thing is truly a slice of heaven! I’m a banana freak and I love a good cheesecake, so this is basically my new favorite thing. Once it was a bit cool, I spread on a thin layer of caramel topping. I put some fresh whipped cream, bananas, Nilla wafers, and a caramel topping drizzle on top. It’s pretty and tastes even better.

  5. Agnes

    I made this for a family dinner tonight, and everyone enjoyed it. My foil wasn’t wide enough (even after applying a few layers), so a bit of water got in and the cheesecake got a bit of a soggy bottom, but it still went down well. Thanks for the great recipe ????

      1. CAMEKA

        I know this is a really old post , however I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try!! It is Good GOod GOOD!! 🥳☺

      1. Brooke Wray

        Hi I’m in the process of making this recipe now and was wondering if I just put the pudding powder the way it is in the mixture bowl or do I need to mix the pudding before hand and then add it to the cream cheese mixture? Does that make sense? Lol

  6. Ccat g

    What kind of whipped cream should I use I have to take it to a party and am not sure I don’t want it to get running all over the. Any suggestions are a ppreciated 🙂

  7. Vicky Farr

    I put a large pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven to provide the moisture needed to bake a cheesecake.

  8. christine discenna

    I want to try the banana cheesecake for fathers day. It Looks delist
    Can you give me the cooling instructions..i think I missed something
    Thank you
    Christine discenna

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      The cooling instructions begin with #7 for the filling. There are a few cooling steps before chilling it. Enjoy!

  9. Sharanda

    I made this, and it’s very yummy! Thanks so much for sharing. I found the recipe on Pinterest. I’m curious, though: what kind of whipped cream did you use? (I used the “can kind” and boy does that stuff melt fast!)

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I usually use either Cool Whip or a homemade version in which I’ll use 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and about 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar.

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  11. Marian

    The recipe looks scrumptious! As a good southern girl, I grew up loving banana pudding & I also love cheesecake. Can’t wait to taste the combo. But I really love the cake stand with the slits for ribbons so you can change it to match. I’m sure I’ve seen the stand before, but your beautiful cream colored ribbon with the simple bow, looks so elegant, I just thought wow!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      If you like banana pudding and cheesecake, you’ll love this! The cake stand is from Home Goods. I bought it awhile ago, but I see similar ones pretty regularly.

  12. Angie H.

    OMG!!! This is AMAZING!!! This is the first time I have ever made a baked cheesecake (I even had to order the spring form pans) and it was SO easy and turned out REALLY, REALLY good. I’m going to have to hold back from eating too much of this! LOL Everyone was in love with this! Thanks for the great recipe.

  13. Claire

    Holy moly this was so good! The recipe turned out wonderful- my first time venturing into the cheesecake world and I was worried the center would collapse..it didnt! and it was SO GOOD (I think I already said that but needs to be said again). Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am making it for mother’s day and I have full confidence it will be a crowd pleaser!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Awesome!! Thanks for letting me know how much you liked it, Claire! I love to hear that! 🙂

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Hmm, like pudding make from scratch? I don’t think so. That’d take some work. Part of the reason this recipe works is that the pudding mix is used in it’s dry form, so you get the banana pudding flavor, but not all the liquid (for lack of a better way to describe it) from the pudding. You should definitely give this one a try though. With the real bananas in it, it doesn’t taste artificial.

  14. Lauren A.

    Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely DIVINE! Perfect flavors for the start of Spring, I will definitely be making it very soon. PS. I love the Bachelor reference, I can’t wait for Andi’s season to start!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thank you – I hope you like it! I’m so glad you like my Bachelor reference 🙂 I can’t wait to see Andi – love her!

  15. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    I love banana pudding so I know that I’d love this cheesecake. I think it’s absolutely stunning! It’s got the perfect texture (so rich and dense and creamy) and you decorated it beautifully. I definitely need to try this!

  16. Rachel @ Bakerita

    This looks like a good old slice of heaven! The Nilla wafers really tie it all together 🙂 yum! Pinned!

  17. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Oh wow my former boss was obsessed with banana pudding pie. I bet he’d love this cheesecake too!

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