When you want to make something familiar…but with a twist, then this Blueberry Banana Pretzel Dessert is just the ticket!
I was looking to update a classic when I developed this recipe for Blueberry Banana Pretzel Dessert.
This easy to make fruit, cream cheese, and pretzel bar treat is my riff on the strawberry pretzel dessert that everyone loves. But, this one has a cool new look, and glorious blue color. It looks like a summer day at the beach!
**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Blueberry Banana Pretzel Dessert is available at the end of this post.
The ingredient list for making blueberry banana pretzel dessert;
- Pretzels, crushed
- Granulated Sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
- Butter, melted
- Cream Cheese softened
- Vanilla Extract (I used Adams Extract)
- Cool Whip
- Blue Gelatin
- Fresh Blueberries
- Lemon Zest
Can this dessert be frozen?
No! But it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days if covered well.
How long can this blueberry banana pretzel dessert sit outside during the summer?
This can sit out for approximately 60 minutes depending on how hot it is outside. After that amount of time, it’s wise to refrigerate it again so it firms up.
If the temperatures exceed 90-degrees, don’t let it sit out for longer than 30 minutes without refrigerating.
Do I have to add bananas to this dessert?
No! By all means, leave them out if you’re not a fan. OR double them if you go ape for bananas. Your dessert. Your call.
What is the best way to make pretzel crumbs for the crust?
- You can pulse the pretzels in a food processor.
- You can smash them in a zip-top bag.
- You can roll over them with your car.
- Just seeing if you’re paying attention. LOL
More summertime desserts are being served…
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Blueberry Banana Pretzel Dessert.
If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!
- FOR THE GELATIN:
- 1 box (6 ounces) blue gelatin, made according to package directions. Chill.
- FOR THE PRETZEL CRUST:
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- FOR THE CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
- 12 ounces (1 and 1/2 blocks) cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup whipped topping
- ADDITIONAL GELATIN ADD-INS
- 4 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 bananas, sliced
PREPARE THE GELATIN AND CHILL FOR 30 MINUTES.
TO MAKE THE PRETZEL CRUST:
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- In a large bowl, stir together the pretzel crumbs, melted butter and sugar.
- Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
TO MAKE THE CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
- In a large bowl, blend together the cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, milk, vanilla, lemon zest and whipped topping.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled pretzel crust.
TO COMPLETE THE GELATIN LAYER:
- Stir the blueberries and sliced bananas into the set gelatin and spoon the mixture evenly over the cream cheese layer in the 9 x 13 dish.
- Return the dessert back to the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Serve chilled.
Serving Size1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 363Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 58mgSodium 414mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 11g
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