Banana Pudding Crunch Cheesecake

Indulge in the irresistible combination of creamy cheesecake, fresh bananas, and a delightful crunch with this Banana Pudding Crunch Cheesecake recipe. Perfect for any occasion, this dessert merges classic flavors with a unique twist for a memorable treat.


for the Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Ingredients for the Cheesecake:

  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup banana pudding mix (dry)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers for crunch

For the Topping

  • Sliced bananas, for garnish
  • Additional crushed graham crackers
  • Chopped peanuts, for garnish


  1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Crust Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix graham cracker crumbs, peanuts, walnuts, sugar, and melted butter until well combined. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
  2. Prepare Cheesecake Filling In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and continue beating. Beat in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Mix in mashed bananas, banana pudding mix, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until smooth. Fold in crushed graham crackers for added texture.
  3. Bake Pour the filling over the prepared crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the center is just set and the top is slightly golden. Turn off the oven, crack the door open, and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 1 hour to prevent cracking.
  4. Chill and Garnish Once cooled, refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Before serving, garnish with sliced bananas, additional crunch from graham crackers, and chopped peanuts.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips

  • Presentation: Serve each slice of Banana Pudding Crunch Cheesecake on a dessert plate garnished with fresh banana slices and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts for an appealing presentation.
  • Accompaniments: Pair with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complement the creamy texture and add a touch of indulgence.
  • Beverage Pairing: Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea, or for a richer experience, pair with a dessert wine like Moscato or a creamy liqueur.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigeration: Store leftover cheesecake covered loosely with foil or plastic wrap in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to 5 days, maintaining its flavor and texture.
  • Freezing: To freeze, wrap the cheesecake (whole or in slices) tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  • Precautions: Avoid storing the cheesecake at room temperature for extended periods to prevent spoilage and maintain freshness.

These tips ensure that your Banana Pudding Crunch Cheesecake remains delicious and enjoyable, whether served fresh or stored for later enjoyment.


  1. Chocolate Banana Delight: Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the cheesecake batter for a decadent chocolate twist. Top with chocolate ganache and banana slices.
  2. Coconut Banana Bliss: Mix 1/2 cup of shredded coconut into the cheesecake batter. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes and sliced bananas.
  3. Peanut Butter Banana: Swirl 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter into the cheesecake batter before baking. Top with chopped peanuts and drizzle with melted peanut butter.
  4. Caramel Banana Crunch: Drizzle caramel sauce over the top of the chilled cheesecake before serving. Sprinkle with additional crushed graham crackers and chopped pecans.
  5. Berry Banana Fusion: Fold 1 cup of fresh berries (such as strawberries or blueberries) into the cheesecake batter for a fruity variation. Serve with a mixed berry compote.
  6. Nutella Banana Indulgence: Swirl Nutella into the cheesecake batter and sprinkle with hazelnuts. Serve with a drizzle of warmed Nutella on top.
  7. Lemon Banana Burst: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest to the cheesecake batter and substitute vanilla extract with lemon extract. Top with lemon curd and lemon zest.
  8. Spiced Banana Treat: Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg into the cheesecake batter. Serve with a dusting of cinnamon-sugar.
  9. Vegan Banana Cheesecake: Use vegan cream cheese and substitute eggs with a flaxseed or chia seed egg replacer. Use plant-based butter for the crust.
  10. Mini Banana Cheesecakes: Make individual cheesecakes using a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners. Adjust baking time accordingly for smaller portions.
  11. Mocha Banana Delight: Add 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder to the cheesecake batter and swirl in chocolate sauce before baking. Garnish with chocolate-covered coffee beans.
  12. Oreo Banana Dream: Replace the graham cracker crumbs in the crust with crushed Oreo cookies. Mix in 1/2 cup of crushed Oreos into the cheesecake batter. Top with whipped cream and more crushed Oreos.
  13. Pumpkin Spice Banana: Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the cheesecake batter. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  14. Matcha Banana Fusion: Mix 1 tablespoon of matcha green tea powder into the cheesecake batter for a unique twist. Top with matcha whipped cream and a dusting of matcha powder.

These variations offer creative ways to customize your Banana Pudding Crunch Cheesecake, catering to different tastes and preferences while maintaining its delicious banana flavor and delightful crunch.

FAQs :

  1. Can I use store-bought banana pudding instead of the dry mix? Yes, you can substitute 1/2 cup of prepared banana pudding for the dry mix. Adjust the sugar in the cheesecake filling accordingly to taste.
  2. How can I prevent my cheesecake from cracking? Gradually cooling the cheesecake after baking by leaving it in the turned-off oven with the door cracked open helps prevent cracking. Also, avoid overmixing the batter and baking at too high a temperature.
  3. Can I omit the nuts in the crust for allergies? Yes, you can omit the peanuts and walnuts from the crust. Replace them with an equal amount of additional graham cracker crumbs or use crushed cookies for a different texture.
  4. Can I use frozen bananas for this recipe? Thaw frozen bananas completely and drain excess liquid before mashing. Frozen bananas may alter the texture slightly but are generally fine for baking.
  5. How do I know when the cheesecake is done baking? The cheesecake should be slightly golden on top and set around the edges with a slightly jiggly center. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out mostly clean.
  6. Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time? Yes, this cheesecake is perfect for making ahead. It can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, making it a convenient dessert for parties and gatherings.
  7. What should I do if my cheesecake is sticking to the pan? Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake before releasing the springform pan. For easier serving, consider using parchment paper to line the bottom of the pan.
  8. How can I make this cheesecake gluten-free? Use gluten-free graham cracker crumbs or a gluten-free cookie crust for the base. Ensure all other ingredients, including the banana pudding mix, are certified gluten-free.
  9. Can I use low-fat cream cheese for this recipe? Yes, you can use low-fat or even fat-free cream cheese, but note that the texture and richness of the cheesecake may be slightly affected.
  10. What can I substitute for vanilla extract? You can use almond extract or rum extract as alternatives to vanilla extract for a different flavor profile in the cheesecake.

These FAQs address common concerns and provide helpful tips to ensure your Banana Pudding Crunch Cheesecake turns out perfectly every time, accommodating various dietary needs and preferences.

Treat yourself and your loved ones to the rich flavors and delightful textures of this Banana Pudding Crunch Cheesecake. Whether for a special celebration or a sweet indulgence, this recipe promises to impress with its creamy filling, crunchy crust, and refreshing banana accents.