no-bake banana pudding slush cake

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when you have leftover homemade vanilla wafers, there really is only one thing to do…

make no-bake banana pudding slush cake

no-bake banana pudding slush cake

My mom made the BEST chocolate slush cake.

It was one of my favorite desserts growing up, and my kids don’t really care for it. It’s the nuts. They don’t like nuts. Well, let me clarify that, they think they don’t like nuts. I try to tell them that there are nuts in nutella and peanut butter but they’re not buying it. If they even think nuts are in it, they’re out.

no-bake banana pudding slush cake

I made slush cake in jars hoping to trick them into trying it. Didn’t work but that’s okay I ate them all by myself.

So, I ‘m trying to find a dessert that I can make in a hurry while I pack for #bloggerrefresh

Three days in Carmel at Holman Ranch with some of my bestest blogging friends. I am beyond excited, but feeling mom guilt at the same time. It’s the last week of school and it’s going to be a busy one, tests, book return, year books…of course a proper dessert to enjoy while I’m gone pretty much fixes everything.

no-bake banana pudding slush cake

In between major loads of laundry, stocking the fridge and pantry, and getting backpacks organized, I got a craving for banana pudding, must have been theย vanilla wafersย from last week. THEN, I remembered seeing this no-bake strawberry dessertย .

Dessert Problem Solved

no-bake banana pudding slush cake

no-bake banana slush cake


  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 - 8 ounce containers of cool whip
  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 45 vanilla wafers - divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted


  • in a food processor pulse 40 cookies into crumbs
  • add melted butter, mix and press into a baking dish - this is a no-bake dessert so the crust will remain crumbly
  • whisk together the pudding mix and the milk, allow to thicken for 5 minutes
  • once thickened, fold in one container of cool whip
  • spread half of the pudding mixture on the crust
  • add the banana slices, and then the remaining pudding mixture
  • top with cool whip
  • roughly crumble the last 5 vanilla wafers, and sprinkle on the whipped topping
  • chill dessert for at least 4 hours before serving

this no-bake dessert is banana pudding meets slush cake, and with no nuts in the crust is kid approved

and it couldn’t be easier to make; the hard part is waiting for it to chill before digging in


no-bake banana pudding slush cake

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