No Bake Banana Split Dessert Recipe

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If you’re in the mood for something sweet but don’t feel like turning on the oven, look no further than our no-bake banana split dessert recipe! With its layers of vanilla pudding, fresh fruit, and crunchy nuts, this easy recipe delivers all the fabulous flavors of a classic banana split. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or just looking for a fun treat to enjoy at home, this recipe is a crowd pleaser. So grab your ingredients and let’s get started on making this delicious dessert!

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Ingredients

Before starting, head to the grocery store and get all the ingredients you need. You’ll also want a rubber spatula, a wooden spoon, a food processor, and a baking dish! 

Crust

  • graham crackers
  • unsalted butter

Cream Cheese Layer

Fruit and Toppings

  • bananas
  • crushed pineapple
  • strawberries
  • cool whip
  • walnuts
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries

How to make the best No Bake Banana Split Dessert

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the best No Bake Banana Split Dessert:

1. Prepare your ingredients.

banana split dessert ingredients.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted unsalted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated in the butter.

banana split dessert cracker crumbs.

3. Pour the crumb mixture into the bottom of a pan and press it down into an even layer.

banana split dessert cracker layer.

4. In another large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar together until the cream cheese mixture becomes smooth and creamy. You may add a bit of vanilla extract for extra flavor.

banana split dessert cream cheese.

5. Fold in the cool whip using a rubber spatula until the mixture becomes smooth and well combined.

banana split dessert cream cheese mixture.

6. Spread the cool whip mixture on top of the graham cracker pie crust in an even layer. Be sure to spread it out to the edges of the pan.

banana split dessert cream cheese layer.

7. Place the sliced bananas on top of the cool whip mixture in an even layer.

banana split dessert banana layer.

8. Spread the crushed pineapple on top of the banana slices in an even layer.

banana split dessert pineapple layer.

9. Arrange the sliced strawberries in an even layer on top of the pineapple layer.

banana split dessert strawberry layer.

10. Spread the remaining cool whip on top of the strawberries in an even layer.

banana split dessert cool whip layer.

11. Last thing, sprinkle the chopped walnuts, chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries on top of the dessert.

banana split dessert chocolate syrup layer.

And we have our delicious dessert ready!

no bake banana split dessert recipe.

Tips

Here are some tips to help you make the perfect No Bake Banana Split Cake Recipe:

1. Use ripe and fresh bananas for the best flavor and texture.

2. Make sure the cream cheese and Cool Whip are at room temperature for easy mixing.

3. Evenly distribute and gently press sliced bananas into the sweet cream cheese filling to prevent browning.

4. Customize toppings based on preferences or create a topping bar for guests to choose from.

5. Chill the no-bake dessert in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving for optimal texture and taste.

no bake banana split dessert recipe.

What to serve with Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Dessert is our delicious and refreshing family favorite that can be served on its own or with some delicious toppings. Sliced bananas, pineapple, and strawberries are classic toppings that pair perfectly with the dessert’s fruity flavors.

The sweet and creamy Cool Whip adds an extra layer of texture and richness to the dish, while chopped walnuts can add a nice crunch and nuttiness.

For those who love chocolate, chocolate syrup is a delicious addition that can enhance the chocolate flavors in the dessert. And for a fun and colorful touch, you can add Maraschino cherries as a topping too.

no bake banana split dessert recipe.

How to store Banana Split Dessert?

To store your delicious banana split dessert, keep it in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out or absorbing any odors from the fridge. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just make sure to chill it thoroughly before serving it again.

Recipe variations 

With these variations, you can mix things up and create a unique twist on this beloved layered dessert.

1. Chocolate Banana Split Dessert: Add a layer of chocolate pudding to the dessert and top with chocolate shavings for a rich and indulgent variation.

2. Peanut Butter Banana Split Dessert: Add a layer of creamy peanut butter to the dessert for a delicious and satisfying twist.

3. Strawberry Banana Split Dessert: Add sliced fresh strawberries to the layers of banana, pudding, and whipped cream for a fruity twist on the classic recipe.

4. Tropical Banana Split Dessert: Add crushed pineapple, coconut flakes, and chopped macadamia nuts to the layers to give it a tropical flavor. You can also add a bit of pineapple juice or lemon juice. 

5. Mint Chocolate Banana Split Dessert: Add a layer of mint pudding and top with chopped Andes mints for a refreshing and decadent twist on the classic recipe.

no bake banana split dessert recipe.

FAQs

Why is it called a banana split?

It is called a banana split because the banana is split in half lengthwise before being topped with the other ingredients.

Can I freeze Banana Split Dessert? 

Yes, you can freeze a no-bake banana split dessert. However, it’s important to note that the texture may change slightly once it’s thawed, and the toppings may also not hold up.

Can I make Banana Split Dessert Recipe in advance? 

Yes, you can make a no-bake dessert recipe in advance by preparing the individual components separately and storing them in the fridge. Assemble the dessert just before serving to maintain its texture and appearance.

Can I use whipping cream instead of cool whip?

Yes, you can substitute whipping cream for Cool Whip. Just make sure to whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks, then gently fold it into the pudding mixture.

no bake banana split dessert recipe.

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Where did I get my inspiration for this recipe?

As a kid, I usually ate banana splits on a hot summer day. I remember how refreshing and delicious they were, and I wanted to recreate that experience in a simple and easy-to-make dessert.

I decided to put my spin on the classic recipe by using cream cheese instead of ice cream and adding layers of fresh fruit and nuts for added texture and flavor. 

I also wanted to make it a no-bake recipe so that anyone could make it without needing to turn on the oven. After some experimentation, I came up with this delicious recipe that combines all the classic flavors of a banana split in a fun and easy dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. This 

Wrapping up

Our no-bake banana split dessert recipe is a perfect choice for anyone who loves the classic flavors of a banana split but wants a quick and easy alternative. This dessert is perfect for hot summer days or any time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat.

So gather your friends and family, and indulge in this delicious dessert that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Give it a try today and enjoy the taste of a banana split in a whole new way!

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No Bake Banana Split Dessert Recipe

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Ha Truong
An easy to make no bake dessert that's packed with goodness. And thie 13 x 9 pan will feed a crowd!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Easy Desserts
Servings 12
Calories 361 kcal

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 12 ounces cream cheese - room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces cool whip

Fruit and Toppings

  • 3-4 bananas - sliced
  • 20 ounces canned crushed pineapple - drained well
  • 16 ounces strawberries - hulled and sliced
  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • 1/2 cup walnuts - chopped
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Place into the bottom of the pan and press into an even layer. 
  • In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Fold in the cool whip using a rubber spatula. Spread the cool whip on top of the graham cracker crust into an even layer, making sure to spread all the way to the edge of the pan.
  • Place the banana slices on top of the whipped cream mixture in an even layer. I did one layer, but you can do more layers to use up the banana slices.
  • Then, spread the crushed pineapple on top of the banana slices in an even layer.
  • Lay out the sliced strawberries in an even layer – I did several layers to use all of my strawberries.
  • Spread the remaining cool whip on top of the strawberries. 
  • Sprinkle the chopped walnuts, chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries on the top.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours before slicing and serving. 

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Notes

  • Store in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • You can use whipping cream in place of cool whip, but they will only last for up to 2 days before the whipping cream starts to separate and become watery.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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Ha Truong is a lifelong foodie and a passionate baker. She loves writing about delicious dishes and sharing mouth-watering experiences. When not writing or baking, Ha enjoys visiting beautiful places around the world.