Fried Banana Bites


8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3.4 ounces instant cheesecake pudding mix, unprepared
1/4 cup liquid vanilla coffee creamer
2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 medium bananas, sliced into coins
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice



In a tall, medium bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high speed to whip the cream cheese until it becomes smooth. It may bind up in the beaters, but continue as is – it will loosen up.
Add the dry pudding mix and continue mixing until well combined.
With the mixer running on medium-low speed, add the creamer to the cream cheese mixture, about a tablespoon at a time. When all the creamer is added, turn the mixer speed to high and 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 the cheesecake mixture to the bowl and use a mixing spatula or spoon to gently fold the cheesecake mixture into the fruit.
Chill until ready to serve or serve immediately.

Do not pour all of the creamer into the cream cheese at once to avoid clumping.
If substituting for the creamer, use 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
To make ahead: prepare the cheesecake mixture and refrigerate in a bowl. Mix all of the fruit in a large bowl and refrigerate. Before serving, drain any excess liquid from the fruit and then fold the cheesecake filling into the fruit.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 (1/2 cup servings)

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