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Banana Split Dessert

Teresa Ambra
Banana Split Dessert is an outstanding vintage recipe. This festive, gorgeous dessert is like eating a banana split with a cheesecake layer instead of ice cream. It's filled with bananas, pineapple, toasted coconut, maraschino cherries and walnuts or pecans. Delightful for holidays and special occasions.
4 from 18 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 488 kcal


  • 1 9x13" glass baking dish
  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 electric mixer
  • 1 small cookie sheet to toast coconut
  • 1 toaster oven or regular oven to toast coconut
  • 1 nut chopper if nuts are not previously chopped


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened (1 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 7-8 large ripe bananas sliced and dipped in lemon juice to prevent discoloration; I used 8 bananas
  • 16 oz. can crushed pineapple drained
  • 12 oz. container TruWhip or other non-dairy whipped topping
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts or pecans
  • 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup coconut toasted


  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a small mixing bowl.
  • Press into 9x13” pan.
  • Combine powdered sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla and mix well with an electric mixer.
  • Pour over graham cracker crust.
  • Layer bananas, (8 bananas make about 2 layers of the bananas), then add drained, crushed pineapple over top.
  • Spread non-dairy whipped topping over top.
  • Sprinkle with walnuts or pecans and toasted coconut.
  • Rinse, drain and pat dry the cherries. (The cherries must be dry or they will leak into the whipped topping.)
  • Place maraschino cherries on top.
  • Refrigerate a few hours before serving.


NOTE: I recommend serving this dessert the same day you make it rather than the following day so the bananas stay fresh.
NOTE: Preparation time does not include time necessary to refrigerate dessert before serving.
NOTE: The original recipe called for mixing the powdered sugar layer for 20 minutes. I didn’t feel like this accomplished anything for the consistency of the layer, so I usually only mix for 5 minutes.
NOTE: This vintage recipe does use uncooked eggs in the layers.
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Calories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 4gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 643IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bananas, cherries, cherry dessert, coconut, cream cheese, dessert, pineapple, pineapple dessert
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