Friday, November 18, 2011

Chocolate Banana Gag



For every birthday for many, many years, my daughter, Erin has asked for Chocolate Banana Gag for her birthday cake. She is 25 now (wait, I am sure I am not older than 25...how can this be =)) and is the mother of 2 darling baby boys. Yes, that makes me a grandma. I love it. She came over and I made her this delicious dessert, just like I have for the past many years. At least 15. Maybe more. 

We call it Chocolate Banana Gag because even though she loves it, it makes her gag. I have no explanation for this. It does not make me gag. Not the first bite. Not the middle bites. Not the last bite. I don't get it. But it does make me laugh. 

I'll share the recipe with you. Go ahead and make it. I'm pretty sure it won't make you gag. She's the only one.

Chocolate Banana Gag
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. butter, melted
1 8-oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. milk
1/4 C. sugar
1 8-oz. tub frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed (divided)
2 bananas
2 1/2 C. milk
1 large instant chocolate pudding

Combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press onto bottom of 9 x 13-inch dish. Chill 15 minutes. In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, milk and sugar. Fold in 1 3/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread over crust. Slice bananas and arrange in a single layer over cream cheese layer. In a large bowl, beat pudding mix and milk. Pour over bananas. Chill several hours. Top with remaining Cool Whip and serve. 12 servings.
 Start with a graham cracker crust.
 Next, add the cream cheese mixture. Top this with sliced bananas.
Pour the pudding layer over top. Top this with the remaining whipped cream.
 Cover with many candles for the birthday girl.

Erin says, "This is my very favorite dessert. Every year for my birthday my mom made this dessert for me because I would rather have this than birthday cake. Even now that I am married my mom still makes it for my birthday. I still request it even though the combination of pudding and bananas makes me gag by the end of my piece. My mom renamed the dessert, "Chocolate Banana Gag" just for me. Now that I am a mom, I am looking forward to figuring out my kids' favorite food and making it for them, even if it makes them gag."

This recipe is in the Worldwide Ward Cookbook, Mom's Best Recipes.

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