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Blueberry Pretzel Dessert

When you want to make something familiar…but with a twist, then this Blueberry Pretzel Dessert with Bananas is just the ticket!

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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!

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The ingredient list for making blueberry pretzel dessert:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Can this gelatin dessert be frozen?

No!

But it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days if covered well.

How long can this blueberry 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 gelatin 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
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s gelatin dessert with fresh blueberries and bananas.

Slice of blueberry banana pretzel dessert on a blue plate with a fork.

Blueberry Banana Pretzel Dessert

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
When you want to make something familiar…but with a twist, then this Blueberry Banana Pretzel Dessert is just the ticket!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Additional Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 12 servings
Calories 363 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

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.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1servingCalories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 11gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 414mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18g
    Keyword blueberry banana pretzel dessert, cream cheese pretzel dessert, jello pretzel dessert, pretzel dessert
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    Recipe Rating




    Abigail Raines

    Thursday 25th of June 2020

    Wow! This is one show-stopping gorgeous summer dessert! Love the freshness from the berries and the contrast with the creamy cheesy base - perfect!

    Renée

    Thursday 25th of June 2020

    Thank you so much, Abigail!

    Kris Reinhard

    Wednesday 4th of September 2019

    I made the blueberry pretzel dessert, it was really good. I kept the pretzels in bigger chunks and subbed some graham cracker crumbs for them in the crust to help hold it together. Also chopped the bananas instead of sliced. All that kind of made things a little more chunky and messy, but its dessert, it's funner that way.

    Renée

    Wednesday 4th of September 2019

    Love it, Kris! Dessert should always be fun!!

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