When I used to be a research and development chef, part of my duties was to feed the company. It could be a challenge coming up with a different breakfast, lunch, and dessert every day for 40 employees but I loved it. One of everyone’s favorite dessert was a banana pudding parfait that was as easy to make as it was delicious. It’s been a while since I made the dessert so I decided to revisit this recipe but this time I was making it just for me! To give the classic pudding an update, I added cheesecake to the mix to transform it into a banana cheesecake pudding parfait. Layers of cheesecake pudding, fresh banana, and graham crackers come together to make one delicious treat!

banana cheesecake pudding parfait

banana cheesecake pudding parfait

banana cheesecake pudding parfait


Serves 8


Banana Pudding Cheesecake Parfait

4 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • graham crackers
  • 5-6 bananas, sliced


  1. Whisk together 2 ½ cups whole milk with ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup cornstarch, and ¼ tsp salt. Slowly bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Whisk the egg yolks and slowly pour in the milk mixture, whisking constantly. Make sure not to add the milk too fast or the eggs will scramble. Bring the mixture back to the stove and heat until thickened over medium-low heat, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese and vanilla until cream cheese has melted. Transfer to a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap, letting the plastic wrap directly touch the pudding. Let cool.
  2. Make the banana parfaits. Spread ½ of the pudding in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Lay on the graham crackers followed by the sliced banana. Spread the remaining pudding followed by the graham crackers and bananas. Finish with whipped cream. Let chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

What’s great about this banana cheesecake pudding parfait is that it’s super easy to make but it looks like you spent hours preparing it. This is also a no-bake dessert, which means no need to turn on the oven on a hot day! All you have to do is make the cheesecake pudding and create the layers.

To make the pudding, whisk together the milk with sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium pot. Heat the milk over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Don’t get the milk boil or it can curdle. Once the sugar has dissolved, slowly, and I mean SLOWLY, pour the milk into the whisked eggs. The trick behind this method called “tempering” is to raise the temperature of the eggs slow enough that it doesn’t cook. When everything is well incorporated, bring the pudding back to the stove and heat until it becomes thick. Finish the pudding by stirring in the vanilla and cream cheese and let it cool completely.

cheesecake pudding

Now time to make the parfait! If you don’t want to make individual cups, you can also make one large tray. Start by spreading half of the pudding in the bottom of the vessel followed by the graham crackers. Don’t worry if the crackers break since they will be held together by the pudding.

creating the parfait layers: graham crackers

Next, place the sliced banana in an even layer on top.

3rd layer of the parfait: bananas

Follow the bananas with more pudding, graham crackers, and a final layer of bananas. Top with whipped cream and let the banana cheesecake pudding parfait chill for at least four hours.

4th layer of the parfait: pudding

When you’re ready to serve, top with graham cracker crumbs and get ready to wow your guests. I mean, considering how little work this required, how beautiful are these parfaits? Not to mention the fact that they are so creamy, rich, and just darn addicting. I had to share this dessert with my friends because I couldn’t stop eating the whole pan. One of the best desserts of the summer? Without a doubt!

banana cheesecake pudding parfait



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