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Banana Cream Pie Bars

5 from 4 reviews

A fun twist on traditional, these Banana Cream Pie Bars are made with homemade vanilla pudding and whipped cream, plus fresh bananas and lots of pecans, peanut butter and chocolate for a delicious dessert.

Ingredients

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  • ¾ cup half and half
  • 1.5 cups 2% milk
  • c sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped medjool dates
  • 2 cups pecans
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream, cold
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter, optional

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the half and half and milk and bring to a simmer.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, cornstarch and sugar and stir to combine. It will be lumpy.
  3. Add ½ cup of the warm milk to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.
  4. Add egg mixture to the milk, whisking constantly.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil and whisk constantly for about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter.
  7. Transfer to a container and refrigerate for at least an hour to let thicken.
  8. Combine dates, pecans and peanut butter in a food process and process until smooth.
  9. Dump into a 9×9 pan and press to flatten and cover the bottom of the pan.
  10. Combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat with a mixer until desired consistency is reached and set aside.
  11. Slice 1½ bananas and place a layer of banana slices on top of the crust.
  12. Top with pudding.
  13. Melt 3 Tbsp chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp peanut butter (if desired) and drizzle over pudding layer.
  14. Top with whipped cream.
  15. Slice remaining bananas and place on top of whipped cream layer.
  16. Melt 3 Tbsp chocolate chips and drizzle over the bananas.
  17. Top with remaining chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
  18. Cut into bars and serve or store in the fridge.

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