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I have been making these for our family for almost 14 years and they're always a hit! My husband loves them, especially, and even cheered when I told him the other day that I was making them for this post. My family regularly thanks me for being a foodie blogger, since that means they always get to try out delicious recipes!
When I was in grade school, my mom liked to make my brother and I after school snacks. Often times, there would be brownies waiting for us. Other times, there was Jell-O with Cool Whip. Since my kids stay home for school, I don't always have an after school snack for them---but we often have evening desserts with Daddy.
These Banana Split Brownies are a fun choice for either after school or evening dessert time, as they can be made ahead and refrigerated until time to serve. With just a couple seconds of prep before serving, they're a pretty treat to serve any time! They incorporate two of my favorite after school dessert ingredients: Jell-O and Cool Whip, and they're easy to prepare.
I bought my ingredients at Walmart last Sunday afternoon. The Cool Whip was easy to find here in the freezer aisle marked, "Desserts & Toppings".
The dessert starts with a brownie base. I just use whatever boxed brownie mix is on sale. Make sure to get the 13x9 pan size.
Then you add sliced bananas. I like to use an egg slicer to quickly and evenly slice them. Then add the Cool Whip/pudding mix. I love to mix Cool Whip with pudding for several kinds of desserts. It creates a nice mousse when mixed with chocolate.
With a spoonful of Cool Whip and a strawberry on top, you've got a pretty and fun treat for your family--even on the busiest of days.
Banana Split Brownies
1 pkg. brownie mix (plus ingredients to make them)
1 1/4 c. milk
3.4 oz. pkg. vanilla instant pudding
16 oz. Cool Whip
strawberries to garnish
Bake brownies according to package instructions. Cool completely. Slice bananas and spread out in one layer over the brownie. Whisk pudding mix and milk together in a bowl, just until mixture begins to thicken. Fold in 2 1/2 c. of the Cool Whip and spread over the bananas. Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve with more Cool Whip and sliced strawberries.