Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars

Meet your new favorite banana pudding! Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars feature a vanilla wafer crust, rich dulce de leche, sweet bananas, homemade vanilla pudding, and whipped cream. They're fantastic! - Bake or Break

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.

Meet your new favorite banana pudding! Dulce de Leche Banana Pudding Bars feature a vanilla wafer crust, rich dulce de leche, sweet bananas, homemade vanilla pudding, and whipped cream. They're fantastic! - Bake or Break

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

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!

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)

Directions:

  1. Combine the vanilla wafer crumbs, butter, sugar, and salt. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch square baking 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 adapted from Taste of the South.