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Banana Cream Brownie Dessert

I always keep the ingredients for this extremely delicious dessert on hand because I make it quite often for potlucks and family gatherings. I'm always asked for the recipe. After one bite, you'll understand why. —Julie Nowakowski, LaSalle , Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch pan size)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped, divided
  • 3 medium firm bananas
  • 1-2/3 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  • Prepare brownie batter according to package directions for fudgelike brownies. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanuts. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 28-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Slice bananas; arrange in a single layer over brownies. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chips and 1/4 cup peanuts.
  • In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over the top. Sprinkle with remaining chips and peanuts. Refrigerate until serving.
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  • luigimon
    Mar 22, 2014

    Ditto, KGosh......needs more banana. First thing my husband said was "Why didn't you use banana pudding?" I will make this again but with banana pudding!

  • KGosh
    Apr 16, 2012

    Very good and very easy! It's always nice to find a delicious recipe that amps up boxed brownie mix. I think next time, though, I'll use banana cream pudding mix instead of vanilla. There wasn't quite enough banana flavor for me!

  • youaregettingonmylastnerve
    Apr 11, 2012

    The recipe sounds wonderful. This note is to the poster from Australia who cannot find Cool Whip. May I suggest Dream Whip mix in a box. We used Dream Whip for years before Cool Whip came on the market. It is simple to make if you can find the product. Good luck.

  • beakiebean
    May 4, 2011

    This is fantastic. The first time we had it I wasn't all the excited as I don't care for bananas or nuts but wow-this is the dessert to change my mind! Delish.

  • Sascha18
    Oct 21, 2010

    Should the packages of instant vanilla pudding mix be 1.5 oz each or is it really 5.1 oz each?

  • michelleashley85
    Aug 12, 2010

    I have made this dessert many times for holidays and just family get-togethers. It is always the first dessert to go.

  • akoehler79
    Dec 27, 2009

    I've made this receipe several times. I have received nothing but kudos. There's usually not much of it left when I've made it for potlucks or family gatherings.

  • CaliJo
    Oct 9, 2008

    You can use Heavy Whipping Cream or Half n Half....just whip it up and add sugar and a lil vanila

  • Buttertart
    Aug 25, 2008

    Try using whipped cream.

  • t-macka
    Aug 25, 2008

    I live in Australia and they don't sell frozen whipped topping here ...what can I use in place of this?? I emailed kraft and asked for them to try and promote cool whip over here but they weren't interested.Cheers,Pam