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Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars

Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars feature layer upon layer of deliciousness, from the vanilla wafer crust to the dulce de leche, bananas, pudding, and all the way to the whipped cream on top!

slice of Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars

I used to be such a picky eater. I’m sure I gave my mother fits over my short list of foods I would eat. I have definitely changed my ways and have even come to like foods that I always thought I hated. Case in point: banana pudding.

I avoided it for years, thinking that I just didn’t care for it. But then I started thinking about all that pudding and bananas and vanilla wafers, and I couldn’t think of a single reason why I shouldn’t like it. Seriously, what’s not to love?

These Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars offer a bit of a twist on traditional banana pudding. First, the vanilla wafers are crushed and made into a crust that serves as the foundation for all the good stuff on top. Having a crust lends a bit more structure versus the traditional presentation of cookies layered among the pudding and bananas.

Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars

On top of that crust is a layer of dulce de leche to add a wonderful richness and flavor. It really matches perfectly with the bananas, pudding, and whipped cream. I know that dulce de leche can be tough to find sometimes. If that’s the case for you, a thick caramel sauce would work, too.

I opted to make my own vanilla pudding for these bars. It tastes so much better than a mix that I try to use it whenever a recipe calls for pudding. It’s easy to make, too. It will need some chilling time, so I do recommend making it a few hours or a day in advance so that it’s ready to go when you assemble all these layers.

No-bake desserts don’t get much better than this. These bars are simple to make and easy to assemble. And the flavor is outstanding! Personally, I now think dulce de leche should be a required addition to all banana puddings!

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Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars

Yield 9 servings
Prep Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Layers of vanilla wafers, dulce de leche, bananas, pudding, and whipped cream make these Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars a can't-miss dessert!

serving of Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 8 ounces) plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 13.4 ounce can dulce de leche
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1 recipe vanilla pudding (about 2 cups)*
  • 1 recipe sweetened whipped cream (about 2 cups)

Instructions

  1. Combine the vanilla wafer crumbs, butter, sugar, and salt. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch square dish. Refrigerate or freeze until firm (about 30 minutes).
  2. Spread the dulce de leche over the crust.
  3. Arrange the banana slices over the dulce de leche.
  4. Spread the pudding over the bananas.
  5. Spread the whipped cream over the pudding.
  6. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes

*You can substitute pudding mix if you like. You'll need a 3.4 ounce box.

Recipe slightly adapted from Taste of the South.


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    8 Comments on “Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars”

  1. My children are SO PICKY. I’m glad to hear that there is hope for them…eventually šŸ™‚ Everything about these bars is PERFECT. And your photos are gorgeous.

  2. I spy Le Creuset! I got the rectangular baking dish in that color. So beautiful. Also, I think I’ve died and gone to Heaven – these look amazing!

  3. Just wanted to how to make a peach cobbler

  4. sounds delicious!!!

  5. Just printed this one. And your vanilla pudding recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. LOVED the synchronicity of seeing your recipe yesterday morning and having every ingredient at hand. But more important than that by far, was the result. The math was simple enough to make 1/4 of the recipe and then create 2 individual desserts, layered in souffle ramekins. Your brain child dessert was outrageous, and so simple to make. That goes for the Vanilla pudding too. Regarding the Dulce de Leche, it was a breeze to make in my pressure cooker. You really upped my Banana Pudding game….Thank you Jennifer for this one!

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