This Banana Split Dessert is a no-bake recipe with a graham cracker crust, a cream cheese pineapple layer, strawberries, bananas, and cream with cherries on top!

This Banana Split Dessert is always a crowd favorite!

Banana Split Dessert

BANANA SPLIT DESSERT

Can I tell you that this dessert has been in the making for over two years? I was brainstorming a dessert for our family reunion two years ago and had tried several recipes. None of them ever  tasted like what I imagined a banana split dessert to be.

It’s funny that when you cook enough you can envision what you want to make and make it happen!

It all starts with a graham cracker crust topped with a cream cheese/crushed pineapple mixture. This part I had to test several times to get to the right consistency.

Next, top with sliced bananas. I like to put them on the bottom because the less air contact they have the less they are likely to brown.

If you want to prepare this dessert ahead of time you can make the crust and cream cheese layer in advanced but I wouldn’t recommend doing the fruit more than a couple hours ahead of time.

Banana Split Dessert

Finally, top it with homemade whipped cream (if you use Cool Whip I don’t want to know about it 🙂), chocolate syrup, maraschino cherries, and nuts.

Banana Split Dessert

If you’re going for authenticity, well as authentic as you can get to a banana split without actual ice cream, you’ll be absolutely happy with this dessert.

Banana Split Dessert

To prevent the bananas from browning you can brush them with lemon or pineapple juice. If you are serving soon after making you shouldn’t have to worry about it.

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Banana Split Dessert

This Banana Split Dessert is a no-bake recipe with a graham cracker crust, a cream cheese pineapple layer, strawberries, bananas, and cream with cherries on top! 

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Pineapple Cream Cheese Layer:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple drained
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 3 sliced bananas
  • chocolate syrup
  • nuts
  • maraschino cherries (around a 8 ounce can)
Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

  2. For the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of the pan firmly. Place in the fridge or freezer while preparing the filling to help it set.

  3. For the Pineapple Cream Cheese Layer: With a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, crushed pineapple, and sugar. Spread over graham cracker crust. 

  4. Layer the strawberries and bananas on top. You may need less or more. The quantities are just approximate.

  5. For the Whipped Cream: In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Do not overwhip. Spread over bananas and strawberries.

  6. Chill until serving. Drizzle with nuts and chocolate syrup before serving or on each individual slice.

Recipe Notes

The bananas will begin to discolor once they make contact with the air. For best results, don't add the fruit until a couple of hours before serving.

Banana Split Dessert