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Ultimate Banana-Split Dessert

Updated on December 26, 2016

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Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 8
Banana-Split Dessert topped with cherries, walnuts and chocolate syrup
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Banana-Split Dessert

A good friend of mine - who’s very picky about the food she likes and even pickier about the recipes she asks for - brought this dessert over to my house after she got the recipe from a friend of hers. She excitedly walked through my door holding the dessert and exclaimed, “You have to taste this!” The dessert did looked delicious with cherries, walnuts and chocolate syrup on top and even though I was on a strict diet, I couldn’t think of any other good reason not to try it. I brought two dessert dishes, two forks and a serving knife to the table and we sat down while I cut the dessert into pie-shaped slices. I served us both respectable-size servings as my friend told me the details about how she acquired the recipe. She dove shamelessly into her slice and smiled in anticipation as she watched me take the first bite of her version of the Banana-Split Dessert.

Well, to say that this dessert is heavenly is an big understatement. It crossed my mind to ask her exactly how long she had this recipe in her possession before she enlightened me with it, because no matter how long it was, it was way too long. The cream cheese, pineapple, bananas, cherries and chocolate blended perfectly together and gave a taste similar to a banana-split ice-cream, but much better... absolutely delicious. After I ‘Oh my gosh-ed’ and ‘wow-ed’ several times, I got my pen and paper out, copied her simple recipe and served us both embarrassingly huge slices of second helpings.

Since then I’ve had many holidays and family get-togethers and this is the dish everyone asks me to make. I'm always happy to oblige because of the total simplicity in preparing the dessert from start to finish and the joy it brings to everyone who tastes it is my main reason for being completely content with it. My children ask for it and my grandchildren also, proving that it’s a winner and pleases the finickiest eaters.

While it’s not an unheard of dessert, these are the ingredients that nearly all of my fellow banana-split dessert lovers follow with few, if any, variations. I added my own tweak to my friend's original recipe; mixing in approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture, cutting some of the sweetness and giving tangy taste very similar to cream cheesecake. You can also take away any ingredients or add your all of your favorites. Strawberries (sugared or strawberry pie-filling work great), blueberries, peaches and even fried apples can be delicious in this dessert. Coconut flakes, caramel topping, fudge topping and strawberry syrup are options; you can even add marshmallows and pecans and turn it into a turtle-fudge dessert. The options are almost limitless and once you have this basic recipe, you can personalize it to your heart's content.

Mouth-watering Ultimate Banana-Split Dessert

After the first bite, you'll want to keep it all for yourself!
After the first bite, you'll want to keep it all for yourself! | Source

What You Need

From left to right:  9' graham cracker crust, bananas, walnuts, cream cheese, pineapple, cherries, powdered sugar, Cool Whip and chocolate syrup
From left to right: 9' graham cracker crust, bananas, walnuts, cream cheese, pineapple, cherries, powdered sugar, Cool Whip and chocolate syrup | Source

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 9" graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 - 8 Ounce block cream cheese
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 20 Ounce can pineapple - tidbits or crushed, (crushed pineapple needs the juice strained out)
  • 1 to 4 Sliced bananas
  • 1 - 8 Ounce tub whipped topping
  • 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Chocolate syrup, (for topping)
  • Chopped walnuts, pecans or peanuts, (for topping)
  • Marishino cherries, (for topping)

Instructions:

  1. With a blender, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together until creamy.
  2. Add lemon juice and mix thoroughly for 1 minute
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into pie crust
  4. Spread pineapple evenly over cream cheese mixture
  5. Spread sliced bananas over pineapple
  6. Spread whipped topping evenly over sliced bananas
  7. Drizzle with chocolate syrup
  8. Top with Marishino cherries and walnuts
  9. Dessert is ready to eat after assembly, but you can refrigerate overnight and let the ingredients 'marry' for the most delicious results!

Blend cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon juice until creamy

Cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon juice ready to blend
Cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon juice ready to blend | Source

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into pie crust

Graham cracker crust with cream cheese mixture
Graham cracker crust with cream cheese mixture | Source

Spread pineapple evenly over cream cheese mixture

Crushed pineapple spread over cream cheese mixture
Crushed pineapple spread over cream cheese mixture | Source

Place sliced bananas over pineapple

Two medium-sized sliced bananas over pineapple
Two medium-sized sliced bananas over pineapple | Source

Spread Cool Whip evenly over sliced bananas

Cool Whip topping spread over sliced bananas
Cool Whip topping spread over sliced bananas | Source

Drizzle with chocolate syrup and run a toothpick from one side to the other side for a pretty effect

For my pie, I started drizzling syrup in the center of the pie and swirled it until I reached the outer edge.
For my pie, I started drizzling syrup in the center of the pie and swirled it until I reached the outer edge. | Source

Place cherries on top

Cherries on top of Banana-Split Dessert
Cherries on top of Banana-Split Dessert | Source

Sprinkle with walnuts

Banana-Split Dessert with walnuts, cherries and chocolate syrup
Banana-Split Dessert with walnuts, cherries and chocolate syrup | Source

Your Own Version of Banana-Split Dessert

I've included just two bananas in my recipe because that's what my family and I prefer; but if you really love bananas and would like to add five to your dish, then please do so! Anything goes with this dessert and that's what makes it great for any occasion. If it's your coworkers birthday and they love coconut, then add heaps of coconut; if your spouse is a chocoholic, you can use a chocolate pie crust; the more often you make this dessert, the more delicious ideas you'll come up with!

Different Fillings &Toppings You Can Use:

Syrups
Candies
Nuts
Chocolate
Reeses Pieces
Walnuts
Strawberry
Butterfinger
Peanuts
Caramel
Snickers
Pecans
Hard shell
Chocolate kisses
Cashews
Butterscotch
Toffee
Almonds
Fudge
Peppermint Patty
Macadamia
Salted caramel
M & M's
 
Blueberry pancake syrup
Reese Cup
 
 
Chocolate chips
 
 
Butterscotch chips
 
 
Twix
 
 
Heath bar
 
 
Almond Joy
 
 
Marshmallows
 
 
Cookie dough
 
 
Coconut flakes
 
 
Sprinkles
 
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Ingredients for Various Sizes

Amounts for 8 average servings
Amounts for 8 generous servings
Amounts for 16 servings
1 - 8" or 9" Pie crust
1 - 9" Pie crust
Graham cracker crust (pressed into 9x13 baking dish)
1 Block cream cheese
2 Blocks cream cheese
3 Blocks cream cheese (24 ounces)
1 Cup powdered sugar
2 Cups powdered sugar
3 Cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 to 5 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 to 1/2 Cup lemon juice
2 to 4 Bananas
2 to 4 Bananas
2 to 5 Bananas
20 Ounce can pineapple, tidbits or crushed
20 Ounce can pineapple, tidbits or crushed
2 - 20 Ounce can pineapple juice, tidbits or crushed
1 - 8 Ounce container whipped topping
1 - 8 Ounce container whipped topping
2 - 8 Ounce containers whipped topping
Chocolate syrup for topping
Chocolate syrup for topping
Chocolate syrup for topping
Walnuts for topping
Walnuts for topping
Walnuts for topping
Marishino cherries for topping
Marishino cherries for topping
Marishino cherries for topping

Making Your Own Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 24 squares or 1 1/2 cups graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  1. Crumble crackers in a food processor, or use a zip-lock bag and rolling pin
  2. Using a small bowl, mix crumbs and sugar thoroughly.
  3. Add melted butter and blend well.
  4. Press mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9" pie plate
  5. Bake at 350° for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly browned, or refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. Cool on wire rack before assembling dessert

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 416
Calories from Fat153
% Daily Value *
Fat 17 g26%
Carbohydrates 55 g18%
Sugar 41 g
Protein 4 g8%
Sodium 244 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Food: Part of the spiritual expression of the French, and I do not believe that they have ever heard of calories.

— Beverley Baxter

© 2016 Shirley Urso-Farmer

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      Shirley Urso-Farmer 16 months ago from Michigan

      Wow your hubbook is great! The simple potato egg salad looks delicious, I'm making it this week :)

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      Jack Lee 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

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      Shirley Urso-Farmer 16 months ago from Michigan

      Yes please do Jacklee, you'll be happy you did! I also would be interested to see what you used in yours :) I'm not aware of a hubbook, I'll definitely have to look into that. Problem is, there won't be many recipes in it, I only have about 3 or 4 dessert recipes that are 'golden' and this is the best one... I might have to figure out the exact measurements for other foods that I make without a recipe; foods that my family asks for the most :)

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      Jack Lee 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Looks delicious. I will have to try it.

      By the way, if you have more recipes, you can do what I do and create a hubbook of recipes.