Banana Split Dessert is one of the most wonderful desserts you will ever taste. It is so yummy and delicious! What’s not to like about banana splits? If you like ice cream-style Banana splits, you will love this dessert. It has a graham cracker layer, then a frosting/pudding/cheesecake layer, followed by a banana layer, a pineapple layer, then a cool whip layer. Finally, it’s topped with walnuts and maraschino cherries. Wonderful!
This is an amazingly spectacular dessert. It’s creamy texture is so luscious, but then it has just enough crunch from the crust, walnuts and the maraschino cherries to make it really scrumptious and mouth watering. This is a great dessert for any time of the year but it is really extra special during the holidays or Valentine’s Day. With the beautiful red cherries on top this dessert looks so elegant and presents really nicely for company.
I have no idea where this recipe originated. I’ve seen it all over the Internet and in several of my cookbooks. This recipe was given to me by Beth Stanley when we living in Florida in the 1980s. Beth and Ted were friends of ours from our Sunday school class. I’ve changed the recipe up a bit. Originally, you are supposed to cream a powdered sugar mixture for 20 minutes! Yes, that’s right, 20 minutes! After doing this once, with no difference between the texture from what it was after about a minute of mixing, I stopped mixing that part more than just what it takes to be creamy. (This did not expand like beating egg whites).
Our family loves this delicious dessert. We think you will enjoy it to. For a spectacular holiday dessert you need to try this out some time.
When I initially posted this recipe in July 2012, and then updated again in January 2013, I was using an iPhone 3 for a camera. My pictures were not as sharp as I would have liked and they had a few too many props. I recently remade this recipe (December 2016) for a Christmas party for our Sunday school class. Banana Split Dessert was a winner! Everyone wanted a piece and even the kids were eating multiple slices of this delectable dessert. I recommend making dessert this the day you plan to serve it, otherwise the bananas will start darkening. If you are looking for a wonderful company dessert look no farther. You won’t be able to stop drooling over this one!
Banana Split Dessert is festive, beautiful and an excellent choice for special occasions.
This side view shows the layers.
Banana Split Dessert is elegant enough for holiday entertaining like Christmas, New Years or Valentine’s Day.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Melt butter in bowl. Add graham cracker crumbs. Stir all ingredients together.
Press crumbs down into a 9×13″ glass baking dish.
Soften butter in mixing bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar.
Cream all ingredients together with an electric mixer.
Spread the mixture over top of the graham cracker crust.
The next layer is bananas. While the recipe doesn’t call for you to soak the bananas in lemon juice, I swirl the sliced bananas in a little juice and then pat dry with paper towels before layering the bananas on top of the dish. This way the bananas won’t discolor as quickly.
Place two layers of bananas on top of previous layer. This is about 8 bananas.
Drain crushed pineapple. Press all the pineapple juice out through the holes in a colander. Sprinkle pineapple over top of bananas.
Spread Cool Whip over top of pineapple layer. Add toasted coconut and finely diced pecans or walnuts.
Add maraschino cherries. Rinse maraschino cherries and pat dry so the cherry juice doesn’t stain the cool whip. Add maraschino cherries on top. Refrigerate a few hours before serving.
Now Banana Split Dessert is ready to serve!
Each bite of Banana Split Dessert is filled with pineapple, cherries and bananas. Wow!
Everyone loves Banana Split Dessert. It’s like eating Banana Splits without the ice cream! It’s time to eat a slab of this delicious dessert!
Here’s the recipe.
BANANA SPLIT DESSERT
(Recipe adapted from Beth Stanley, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tbsp. melted butter or margarine
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 7 bananas, sliced and dipped in lemon juice to prevent discoloration (I used 8 bananas)
- 1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
- 12-oz. container cool whip (I used a 16-oz. container)
- 1 cup crushed walnuts
- 1 small jar maraschino cherries
- Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
- Press into 9×13” pan.
- Combine powdered sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Pour over graham cracker crust.
- Layer bananas, (8 bananas make about 2 layers of the bananas), then drained crushed pineapple over top.
- Spread cool whip over top.
- Then sprinkle with walnuts and place cherries on top.
- Refrigerate a few hours before serving.
Try Banana Split Dessert the next time you need to make a special occasion dessert.
Doesn’t Banana Split Dessert look terrific?
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