Banana Split Brownies

Recently a friend posted a picture of a scrumptious looking dessert on Facebook along with the recipe and it made my mouth water. After looking it over I decided that I liked the idea but it needed some alterations. The recipe posted below is the result of my brainstorming.

My husband and I are blessed to be friends with an Army Major and a Navy Commander who have a house full of kids that we love dearly. The Major and a handful of his kids are spending a few days with us this week and I wanted to whip up something special for them so I decided to give this recipe a go… and I’m glad I did.

banana split brownies

Being a good Army wife, I know my way around a 5 point Op Order, but I’m going to switch it up and present my own 3 point Op Order here for logistical purposes. Let’s get started.

I. Mission
We’re making a layered dessert with brownies, creamy fillings, and delicious toppings.

II. Service Support
2 boxes of your favorite brownie mix (and eggs, oil, water, etc. as listed on box)
32 oz heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 banana
6 medium strawberries (approximately)
Caramel or Hot fudge sauce, or both

The oven should be set according to the brownie instructions.
You’ll need a good mixer, two 9×13 pans, baking spray, a whisk, measuring cups, and assorted bowls.

III. Execution
*Coat matching 9×13 baking pans with baking spray and bake brownies as instructed on mix packaging.
*When brownies are almost completely cooled, begin preparing the first layer of filling by mixing the whipping cream and sugar together on high until fluffy, stiff peaks form.
*Remove 3/4 of the whipping cream and set aside in a separate bowl.
*In the bowl with the remaining 1/4 whipping cream, add the softened cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Mix well.
*In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and instant pudding. Add to the cream cheese mixture and continue mixing.
*Spread cream cheese mixture over one layer of cooled brownies.
*Gently remove second pan of brownies to form a layer on top of the cream cheese mixture. (You may have to cut brownies into sections to remove them.)
*On top of the second layer of brownies, spread the remaining whipped cream
*Top with chopped bananas and strawberries and drizzled caramel and/or fudge sauces.
*Refrigerate until serving.

I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as we did!

banana split brownies inside

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