Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad

SERVES 16 (1/2 cup serving)  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 15 Min

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant cheesecake pudding, unprepared
1-1/4 cups Simply Pure Vanilla Coffee Creamer

2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 medium bananas, cut into coins
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a medium tall bowl, using an electric mixer, whip cream cheese until it becomes smooth. It may bind up in the beaters, but continue as is and it will loosen up. Add dry pudding mix. Beat until well combined.

With mixer running slowly add creamer to the cream cheese mix. Add it about a tablespoon at a time and then mix until it becomes a smooth mixture and all of the creamer has combined into the cream cheese. Continue until all of the creamer has been added to the cream cheese. Whip until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine sliced strawberries, banana coins and lemon juice. Stir until all the fruit is coated with lemon juice. Add cheesecake mixture to fruit. Gently fold cheesecake mixture into fruit.

Chill until ready to serve or serve immediately.


DONNA'S NOTES: Do not pour all of the creamer into the cream cheese at once. It will get clumpy and no matter how long you beat it, it will stay that way. Trust me on this one. 

If you have to substitute cream for the creamer, powdered sugar and vanilla would be the best swap. 1 cup heavy cream, 4 tablespoons powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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