This recipe is pure indulgence.
It indulges with a rich and creamy peanut butter cheesecake filling, plus banana pudding, and chocolate.
Sudden random thought: isn’t peanut butter amazing? Filling and full of protein, and you can eat the stuff for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack AND dessert!
Random thought complete.
This dessert also indulges your desire to NOT turn on the oven!
This indulgence is especially appreciated in the midst of the hot and humid summer, but since these flavors are craved year-round you can feel free to roll this recipe out any old time.
Save that oven time for the casserole, the turkey, the meatloaf.
This icebox cake can be assembled quickly, and because it needs to set overnight.
Think how awesome it will be when you’re fixing dinner and know that the dessert is already done, waiting in the icebox!
This is one of several no-bake, icebox recipes on my blog, and the recipe is below. Here are the other icebox cakes, just in case you want to load up your fridge for the week! (Go for it!)
Peanut Butter, Banana & Chocolate Icebox Cake
- 8 soft chocolate old-fashioned cookies, such as Archway brand, 1 package
- 3/4 cup of confectioner's sugar, divided
- 1 cups very cold whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 box instant banana cream pudding & pie filling mix
- 1-1/2 cups cold milk
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
Place the bowl and whisk attachment for your stand mixer in the freezer to chill 30 minutes. Have ready a 9" x 5" loaf pan ready, 1.5 quart size.
Once the bowl is chilled, assemble it and the whisk on your stand mixer. Pour the whipping cream into the bowl and turn the mixer on high. Whip the cream for about 5 minutes, then pause it to add in the vanilla or vanilla bean paste and 1/4 cup of the confectioner's sugar. Continue to beat the cream on high for another 5 minutes or so - watch it carefully it the last few minutes. Beat the cream until it forms and holds stiff peaks, but do not overbeat it. Transfer the cream to a bowl, and wash the mixer bowl. Stash the whipped cream in the fridge until you need it later in the recipe.
Pour the cold milk into a medium-sized bowl. Pour the banana cream pudding mix over the milk. Whisk them together for 1-2 minutes until the pudding is smooth and thickening. Set the bowl aside.
Beat together the peanut butter, the remaining 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar, and the softened cream cheese until the mixture is well-combined.
Assemble the cake: have a ready a 9" x 5" loaf pan (1.5 quart size.) Set one of the cookies aside: this will be crumbled over the top at the end.
Break four of the cookies into pieces and fit them into the bottom of the pan. There will be a few gaps but it does not have to cover the bottom perfectly. Lightly press the pieces into place.
Spoon half of banana pudding over cookies in bottom, and spread it into an even layer.
Spoon half of the peanut butter filling over the pudding and carefully spread it.
Spoon a half-cup of the whipped cream over the peanut butter filling and spread it evenly.
Repeat the layering steps, with another layer of broken cookies, followed by the pudding, then the peanut butter filling, and then the remaining whipped cream. Crumble the reserved cookie over the top of the cream.
Cover the top of the icebox cake loosely with plastic wrap. Very gently press the top of the cake down, just to compress the layers a little. (But don't squish out the fillings!) Place the pan in the fridge, and allow the cake to set overnight.
When you are ready to serve, remove the cake from the fridge. Cut slices of the cake and lift them carefully from the pan - a spatula can be helpful in doing this, especially with the first slice! Serve the cake immediately.
Makes about 8 servings. Leftover cake can be covered tightly with plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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