For some reason, tiramisu kept invading my mind for a few reasons: 1) I have never made tiramisu though I love it and never miss an opportunity to order some whenever I visit an Italian restaurant, 2) The silkiness and richness of it seemed perfect to couple with bananas and rum and finally, 3) I wanted to create a version that wasn’t very intimidating and was quite simple to make for those who might be scared of the term “tiramisu”, namely me!
Well let’s just say I was on to something. Clearly perfection happens when the American South and Italy blend desserts. I kept the lady fingers that are famous for tiramisu but used cream cheese from Aunt Bev’s banana pudding recipe. It also helped to make the recipe a bit more accessible if you don’t have mascarpone cheese on hand. Lastly, I added in some crushed nilla cookies on the top to give that banana pudding flavor. And there you have the creation of banana pudding tiramisu.
Banana Pudding Tiramisu
- 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 2 blocks
- 1 1/4-1/2 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk (I am cutting down my sugar so I used 1/4 extra cup)
- 5 ounces instant banana pudding mix 1 box
- 5 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix 1 box
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounce frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 4-5 large bananas, sliced
- 17.5 ounce package ladyfingers
- 12 vanilla wafers crumbled
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup rum
- In the bowl of a mixer, beat cream cheese until nice and fluffy.
- Slowly add in sweetened condensed milk, banana pudding, vanilla pudding, cold milk and vanilla extract. Beat until well incorporated.
- Slowly fold half of whipped topping into the banana pudding.
- For the Rum Sauce, in a medium sized pan or pot, add butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and rum and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
- To assemble the tiramisu, arrange a full row of ladyfingers at the bottom of a 9x13 sized baking pan. Pour 1/4 of warm rum sauce over ladyfingers to soak them.
- Next add slices of 2 bananas over the ladyfingers and pour another 1/4 of warm rum sauce over bananas.
- Take half of the banana pudding mixture and smooth over the top of the sliced bananas.
- Next create another layer by repeating all steps starting with adding another row of ladyfingers, pour rum sauce on ladyfingers, add sliced bananas, pour remaining rum sauce and finally add the rest of the banana pudding mixture.
- Lastly, take remaining half of whipped topping and spread over the top of the tiramisu.
- Finish the top of the tiramisu with crumbled wafers over whipped topping.
- Place the baking pan in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.
Banana pudding and tiramisu seem made for each other! Smooth, creamy, and delicious. I have never made pudding with sweetened condensed milk before. It sounds wonderfully sweet and rich. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks so much! The sweetened condensed milk is definitely a treat in this recipe!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
Amazing! Can you please ship me a slice?!
Absolutely! Send me your address, and a slice is on the way 😉
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Richelle Lynn Garn says
Oh. My. Goodness! I need to not look at foodie blogs before breakfast. You always have the YUMMIEST looking posts.
Love, Richelle from Lynn + Lou
Thank you so much. I make the same mistake everyday with the blogs in the morning.
Carol | a cup of mascarpone says
Southern food + Italian food…made into one FABULOUS dessert! Jocelyn, this is absolutely, incredibly creative! A definite must try! Now I have to go wipe the drool off my chin! :}
Wow, thank you so much Carol! That is a massive complement coming from someone as amazing as you.
Banana + tiramisu. Oh my goodness! I want this for dessert tonight. It looks insane! The banana pudding looks so thick. I have plates just like those – they look so pretty with the tiramisu. 🙂
Thanks so much Sally! And I adore these plates too. Gotta love Home Goods.
The Duo Dishes says
We made a layered banana pudding cake before, but the pudding wasn’t as thick as your’s, so it didn’t sit up as nicely. Adding the cream cheese is a great idea for texture and tang!
Thanks so much! The cream cheese definitely helps to thicken it and even enhance the flavor!
McKenna Ryan says
Oh my goodness…. pinning this right now. It looks mouth watering. xx. McKenna Lou Ryan
Thank you so much for the pin!!
I just want to dig into the screen with a fork – this looks fabulous! (Oh, how I love all things made with sweet milk!) 😀
Gosh I know! Sweet milk should marry me so we can have a lifetime together.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
This is fantastic! Pinned!
Thank you so much!!! 😉