Banana Cream Brownie Squares

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3/4 c Dry roasted peanuts; chopped
15 oz Brownie mix
2 md Banana; sliced
1 1/4 c Milk
5 1/8 oz Instant vanilla pudding & pie filling
8 oz Cool whip(r); thawed
9 Strawberries; optional
1 oz Unsweetened baking chocolate, optional
1 md Banana; optional


Prepare brownie mix according to package directions & stir in 1/2 cup chopped peanuts. Pour into a greased 9 inch square pan. Bake at 350F for 24-27 minutes. Cool completely.

Layer 2 of the sliced bananas over the brownie. Whisk pudding mix & milk together until pudding just begins to thicken. Fold in 2 1/2 cups Cool Whip. Quickly spread pudding mixture over the sliced bananas. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup peanuts over pudding mixture.

To serve: Pipe remaining Cool Whip over the squares. Grate chocolate over the dessert. Top each square with banana & strawberry slices.