Sunday, March 1, 2009


First of all, let me tell you, this is like no banana pudding dessert you have ever had! This one is, how does my Honey say it, "make your socks roll up and down on your legs good!" haha
I've been making this for years. It was one of my precious Father-in-law's favorites. The only thing about it is, the Chessmen cookies can sometimes be a challenge to find in your store, if you live in a smaller town. But don't substitute - it is worth the hunt for them! You can usually find them at the larger chain grocery stores, like Walmart or Meijer.


2 bags of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 bananas, sliced
3 1/2 cups low fat milk
2 small boxes, Instant, Sugar free, French Vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz) 1/3 less fat, cream cheese
1 (14 oz) can, fat free, sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) Light Cool Whip, thawed

Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with 1 bag of the chessmen cookies (single layer). Top with the sliced bananas (you don't have to lay the bananas neatly, just pile them evenly over the cookies). Blend milk with pudding mix and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the condensed milk and beat with mixer until smooth. Fold in Cool whip. Add pudding to this mixture and fold with rubber spatula until well combined. Pour mixture over the top of the bananas. Cover with remaining bag of Chessmen cookies (single layer). Refrigerate for at least an hour or two, to allow time for the pudding & cream cheese to set up and get thick. Serves anywhere from 12 - 20, depending on the size of your servings. It's a thick dessert, so I cut mine where the cookies separate and get 20 - 24 servings out of a pan.
*NOTE* Don't make this too far in advance, as the cookies will get soggy if left in the fridge too long. It's much better when the cookies still have a bit of a crunch to them.


Nina in Portugal said...

Oh Starr...I can't get half those ingredients here and you know what....I had better be thankful, or else my weight watchers diet would go straight out the window with this recipe.....there's nothing about it that doesn't sound fabulous.....socks rolling up and down with envy!!!

Starr said...

LOL! Sorry Nina! You should see the FULL FAT version of this recipe! It's scary! haha I couldn't in good conscience serve it that way, so I lightened it w/ low fat & sugar free versions of most all the ingredients.
The only thing I couldn't change, was the cookies.

Pastor and Judy Brodie said...

Thank you for this wonderful dessert. I made it with my 11 year old grandaughter today and not only was it delicious but the Lord gave us a precious bonding time. I found your blog by following Portual Bound. I am going to post some pictures of our cooking time on our blog: Judy

Jessica Cusano said...

This recipe is absolutely DREAMY!!! :) We had it a couple weeks ago and my whole family gobbled it right up!!! It's such a pleasant change from the typical banana pudding dessert!! Thanks for yet another wonderful idea Mrs. T!!! :)