Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Icebox Cake
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 1/2 cups cold heavy cream, divided
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 bananas, sliced, plus additional for garnish
2 (9-ounce) packages chocolate wafer cookies
In a large bowl using a handheld mixer, whisk together the peanut
butter and 1/2 cup heavy cream until light and fluffy and set aside.
Make sure the whipping attachments are clean and then whip the
remaining 2 cups cream with the sugar and vanilla until slightly stiff peaks form. Gently fold some of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture to lighten it up. Then add the peanut butter mixture back into the whipped cream in 3 parts, gently folding until combined, trying to keep it light and fluffy, and then set aside.
In a 9-inch springform pan, arrange a layer of cookies (about 16)
overlapping in a circle, covering the entire surface. Spread a layer
of whipped cream over the cookies, making sure all the cookies are
covered, and top with banana slices. Repeat with the remaining
cookies, whipped cream and banana slices, making 5 layers total and
finishing with a layer of whipped cream on top. Cover with plastic
wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.