Friday, May 13, 2016

Foodie Fridays: Strawberry-Banana Cream Pie Bars



This week, I have a dessert recipe from Crissy Page of Dear Crissy that I procured from BlogsRelease. This recipe intrigues me because I am not particularly fond of banana pudding. I find it to be too rich, even though it does taste good. This recipe has something that adds a refreshing, lighter component to cut through the richness. Plus, the smaller size doesn't hurt either.

Prep Time: 25min.
Total Time: 3hr. 25min.
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients


70 vanilla wafers, finely crushed, divided (about 1-3/4 cups)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 cups fresh strawberries
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Banana Cream Flavor Instant Pudding
3 cups milk
2-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
2 bananas sliced (optional)

Preparation


  1. Heat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Mix all but ¼ cup. wafer crumbs and butter in 13×9-inch baking dish; press onto bottom of dish. Bake 8 min. Cool 10 min.
  3. Thinly slice two cups of fresh strawberries. Top crust with sliced strawberries. Beat pudding mixes and milk with whisk 2 min.; spread 2 cups pudding over strawberries.
  4. Stir 1 cup COOL WHIP into remaining pudding; spread over the dessert. Top with remaining whipped topping.
  5. Refrigerate 3 hours. Sprinkle with remaining crushed vanilla wafers when ready to serve.

Optional

If you like a warm component with your cold desserts sauté sliced bananas in butter and sprinkle a little sugar (white or brown) over them to help caramelize and sweeten. Cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on and place a banana slice or two on your bar.



Main Image Credit: Crissy Page