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Banana Cream Pie Bars #SundaySupper

Hi Everyone,

You are soooooooo going to think I lost my marbles today, but what can I say I probably did!  For today’s #SundaySupper assignment we have to make something that was inspired by a song or music.  After asking my Husband what songs are related to food?  He said Strawberry Fields by the Beetles or Peaches by Presidents of the United States.  I thought nah, but the Peaches song inspired me to go peach picking!  🙂  So on our way home from picking peaches, I asked him, what song has banana’s in it?  He said the Banana Split Song.  OMG!  I knew what he was talking about.  I loved that show as a child.  I used to get up at 5:30am to watch it.  Oh the Banana Splits.  Do you remember them?  Here is a memory refresher.

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Ha ha!  That show seemed kind of silly, don’t you think.  Ahhh, to be young and innocent and watch tv shows like that.  They don’t make them like that anymore!  That’s probably a good thing.  Hope the song doesn’t get stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  It’s kind of hard to write a post when all your thinking is Tra La La.  Anyway, so what recipe did the song inspire me to make?  Not a banana split, but banana cream bars.  Actually the recipe isn’t my idea, it’s my friend Cori at work.  We had a company BBQ and she made the most wonderful Banana Cream Pie Bars, they were so rich, creamy and sweet.  Everyone loved them!   She told me she got the recipe from Paula Deen.  She’s a Food Network freak like me!  🙂  Cori asked me if I could make the recipe healthier or fewer calories.  I took the challenge on and came up with these bars.


At work we decided to have a taste off, ok it wasn’t a competition.  We just wanted to see how a fewer calorie bar would taste against the full fat bar.  So Cori made her banana bars the way we all remember them.  This is what her banana cream bar looked like.  Don’t mind the pictures, I took it with my cell phone.


Cori’s Banana Cream Pie Bars are made the same basic way as mine, which included,  1 1/2 bananas, 8 oz full fat cream cheese, 1 tub regular Cool Whip, one package of Pepperidge Farm Chesseman Cookies and  Jello Banana Cream Pudding.  The calorie per bar came out to:  221,  Fat:  9.9,  Cholesterol:  34,  Sodium:  239,  Carbs:  30.6,  Fiber:  1.1,  Sugar:  14,  Protein:  2.9

I used 1 1/2 banana’s, 8 oz 1/3 fat cream cheese, 1 tub fat free Cool Whip, Trader Joe’s Toasted Coconut Thin Cookies and Jello Sugar Free Fat Free Banana Cream instant pudding.  The calorie per bar for mine are: 123,  Fat:  3.8,  Cholesterol:  11,  Sodium:  197,  Carbs:  17,  Fiber:  .04,  Sugar:  7,  Protein:  3.2


Big difference in calories, mine is almost half.  But what’s the difference in taste?  Actually the bars taste the same.  The flavor is the same, but the difference is the texture.   Cori’s bars came out thicker, creamer and has more of a rich taste.  Mine is more light, airy and whipped.  If you like heavier desserts or a cream base, Cori’s recipe is perfect for you.  If you like things more on the light side, kind of like mousse, then mine is the dessert for you.  My friend, Andrea, said if you ate one, you wouldn’t notice the difference but because we ate a bite of one, then the other, you notice the difference but only in texture, not taste.


No matter what way you make this dessert, the outcome is wonderful.  I am glad I got to make a dessert that tastes wonderful and my husband enjoys and it’s guilt-free.  Speaking of guilt-free.  I did make this dessert last week, using fat-free cream cheese.  The texture was horrible.  The flavor was good but the texture not good.  However my Husband said the first day the pie wasn’t that great, but the second day, he said it tasted wonderful, he ate the whole pan.  As for the recipe I am sharing with you today, my Husband said it tasted great the first day and second day.  It didn’t make it past the second day.  🙂


Banana Cream Pie Bars
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A low calorie, creamy dessert with a coconut cookie crust that is filled with banana flavored cream and sliced bananas.
Serves: 12 Slices
  • 3 cups Cool Whip Fat Free, thawed (one whole container)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, ⅓ fat, room temperature
  • 1 pkg. Jello Instant Banana Pudding, fat free, sugar free (4ozpkg.)
  • 1½ large bananas, sliced
  • 16 Toasted Coconut Thin Cookies from Trader Joe's or vanilla wafers, or Pepperidge Farms Chessman Cookies, divided
  • 12 maraschino cherries (optional)
  1. Line a 8 x 8 pan with 12 cookies; set a side. (If all the cookies don't fit, just break them into large pieces)
  2. In a bowl beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in pudding, until combined. Beat in half the whip cream, until combined. Fold in whip cream.
  3. Add half the cream cheese mixture over cookies in the baking pan. Top with sliced bananas and top with remaining cream cheese mixture.
  4. In a mini food processor, add 4 cookies and process until crumbs. Sprinkle crumbs over cream cheese mixture and top with maraschino cherries if desired (The cherries really give it a nice pop). Refrigerate until ready to eat. The longer it sits in the refrigerator the softer the cookies get.
Calories per slice: 123, Fat: 3.8, Cholesterol: 11, Sodium: 197, Carbs: 17, Fiber: .04, Sugar: 7, Protein: 3.2
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Serving size: 1 Slice


I really had fun with this today.  It’s nice to compare desserts and see what people think.  In all actuality they were both a hit at work and we both came home with empty containers!  🙂  Well I took one home to my Husband, I wanted him to taste Cori’s and taste mine.  He said they tasted the same, except Cori’s had more cookie.  So whether you go full fat or lower calorie, it will be a win, win.

Well time for me to go!  Now be sure to check out what the other members of #SundaySupper made today.  I wonder what songs they chose and what recipe was inspired by it.

Have a great day!




Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.

One banana, two banana, three banana, four.
Four bananas make a bunch and so do many more.
Over hill and highway the banana buggies go
Comin’ on to bring you The Banana Splits Show.

Makin up a mess of fun
Makin up a mess of fun
Lot’s of fun for everyone.

Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.

Four banana, three banana, two banana, one.
All bananas playing in the bright warm sun.
Flippin like a pancake, poppin like a cork
Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork.

Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.
Tra la la, la la la la.

he he he he

Prelude (Beverages):

Calimocho (Red Red Wine Cocktail) from La Cocina de Leslie inspired by Red Red Wine by UB40
Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan inspired by Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
Horchata from Treats & Trinkets inspired by Horchata by Vampire Weekend
Orange Crush from Magnolia Days inspired by Orange Crush by REM
Pineapple Lemonade Slushy with Coconut Water from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz inspired by Lemon Tree by Peter, Paul & Mary
Strawberry Tequila from Shockingly Delicious inspired by Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles

Overture (Appetizers):

Mustard Dill Beer Bread from Curious Cuisiniere inspired by In Heaven There Is No Beer a German Polka

Intermezzo (Entrees & Sides):

Chicken and Bacon Cheddar Waffles from I Run For Wine inspired by Glady’s Knight
Classic Fried Chicken from The Food Army Wife inspired by Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band
Margarita Chicken from In The Kitchen With KP inspired by Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet
Meatball Duet from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Tom Glazer
Pan-Seared Halibut with Corn Hash and Asparagus Puree from Crazy Foodie Stunts inspired by Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork from Neighborfood inspired by Something Like That by Tim McGraw
Spaghetti and Pork Meatballs from Family Foodie inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Kidsongs
Teriyaki Burger from Juanita’s Cocina inspired by Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet

Finale (Desserts):

Banana Cream Pie Bars from Peanut Butter and Peppers inspired by Tra La La Song by The Banana Splits
Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle from Foxes Love Lemons inspired by Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
Cherry Pie from My Cute Bride inspired by Cherry Pie by Warrant
Cherry Marshmallows from Pies and Plots
Chocolate Cappuccino Cream Puffs from Runner’s Tales inspired by Choux Pastry Heart by Corinne Bailey Rae
Chocolate Chip, Walnut and Caramel Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich from Ruffles & Truffles inspired by Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
Chocolate Covered Caramels from Big Bear’s Wife inspired by At Last by Etta James
Coconut Rum Blondies from Gotta Get Baked inspired by I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts by Danny Kaye
Easy Blueberry Recipe: Fruit Tart from Growing Up Gabel inspired by Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
Espresso Nib Ice Cream from Vintage Kitchen Notes inspired by Black Coffee by Ella Fitzgerald
Fancy Watermelon Lime Popsicles from Daily Dish Recipes inspired by Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd
Fresh Peach Pie from Killer Bunnies, Inc. inspired by Sweet Sweet Pie by PWEI
Jammin’ Oatmeal Cookies from What Smells So Good? inspired by Jammin’ by Bob Marley
Many Flavors Whipped Cream from Noshing with the Nolands inspired by Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass
Peach Basil Pie from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen inspired by Peaches by POTUSA
Pina Colada Poke Cake from Cookin’ Mimi inspired by Two Pina Coladas by Garth Brooks
Peach Donuts with Brown Sugar from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks inspired by Peaches by POTUSA
Peach Strudel with Honey Bourbon Frozen Yogurt from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures inspired by My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music & Wild Honey by U2
Rainbow Pops from The Urban Mrs inspired by Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
Salted Ripple Chip No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes & Kale Chips inspired by Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan
Salted Peanut Swirl Peanut Butter Ice Cream from girlichef inspired by Salt Peanuts by The Quintet
Shall We Dance? Fairy Cakes from The Ninja Baker inspired by Shall We Dance from the Japanese Film
Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake inspired by Sugar, Sugar by the Archies
Tangerine Sorbet from Webicurean inspired by Tangerine Speedo by Caviar
Yeasted Banana Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner inspired by I Like Bread and Butter by The New Beats
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