Banana Split Dessert

“Stop!  I need to take photos of that!” was my first reaction when my mom set this dessert on the table last weekend.  Never mind that we had two different kinds of birthday cupcakes, an angel food cake, and two kinds of homemade ice cream to nosh on. Banana Split Dessert quickly stole the show.

Apparently mom got the recipe from my sister, who got the recipe from a cousin, who… who knows?!  All I know was that I had two (large) pieces on Saturday and don’t regret a bite of it!

Banana Split Dessert


  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter

Mix together.  Press into 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.  Cool completely.


  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together.  Spread over cooled crust.

Layers – (on top of cream cheese filling)

  1. Three sliced bananas.
  2. 12 oz. can crushed pineapple, well drained
  3. 12 oz. whipped topping
  4. 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
  5. Chocolate syrup (drizzle over all)
  6. 4 oz. maraschino cherries, halved

Refrigerate several hours, until served.

*** Make sure the pineapple covers the bananas well.  They’ll keep the bananas from getting brown too fast.

*** This is a good one to make for a crowd, because it needs to be eaten about 24-hours after being made… again, because of the bananas.

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  1. If it tastes half as good as it looks, oh my! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. This recipe looks like it could be trouble (for my thighs)! Wow! Can’t wait to make it:)

  3. Oh this looks delicious, I have just the party to take it too, thanks for ending my recipe search!

  4. Oh my goodness! That looks wonderful. I have heard about this desert before, but never had it or made it. Thanks!

  5. Wow! That looks delicious. I am definitely going to need to make that for Jeremy’s birthday party next month. He’s been spending a lot of time with my mom and step-dad lately and his specialty is banana splits. Jeremy loves them!

  6. Oh this looks wonderful! I might make it this week for our small group!

  7. I have a recipe like this. But somehow this looks so much better. I think mine is frozen…and I think I will have to try this. Thanks!

  8. Yummy! I stumbled across a recipe similar to this a few weeks back, but it called for raw eggs (blech!). I was going to remake the recipe, but you’ve done the hard work for me. 😉

  9. OH, this looks like something I would eat until I was sick! Yum, so fluffy and “light”, I would have two pieces too.

  10. I LOVE this dessert, but haven’t had it in ages. I have tons of bananas, so may have to make this soon, you food photographer, you. 🙂

  11. Oh my that looks scrumptious!! And hey, it has to be good for me too with all that fruit 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe.

  12. I’m so glad you posted this! One of my childhood favorites and one of the first “adult” desserts I learned to make by myself. Lost the recipie, but now it is found! Will be making this for my family soon.

  13. Marianne G says:

    Almost forgot I had this recipe from years ago, Will make it again soon as it’s a good summer dessert.

    TIP: After you drain the pineapple, dip the banana slices in the pineapple juice, it keeps them from turning brown.

  14. What an amazing looking dessert!! I would definitely have to have more than one piece. Yum! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful dessert!

  15. Wow…sounds rich and delicious!

  16. Oh my!!! YUMMY!!! Cannot wait to try! I am totally loving all the “summer” recipes you have shared lately! 🙂

  17. I just have one word for that dessert; not wait, make that two-Yummy and beautiful!

  18. *drool* Now I will be craving sweets all day. Thanks!

  19. I made a version of this several weeks ago and posted it on my blog. It was so good!

  20. So I wouldn’t be able to eat this, but whoa! I’m just happy that I was able to see the pictures. YUM! 🙂

    ~Aubree Cherie

  21. Alisa Wheeler says:

    I just made this for our Labor Day get together. It is setting up now.I’m sure it will be awesome. I can hardly wait to eat some!!! Thanks for sharing.

  22. HalfDozenMomma says:

    Ooooh…thanks for posting this! Now I know what I’m fixing for dessert Monday! 🙂

  23. Beth Sharp says:

    I love this recipe. I cheated and went with the premade graham cracker crust, and although homemade is best, I was short on time and it turned out great and was so easy. I will make this again. Thank you.

  24. Does anyone know if you can make this dessert ahead and freeze it. I was wondering about if the Bananas would turn brown. I would like to Make it for Thanksgiving. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank YOu!!!

    • This is not a good one to make ahead. At least not completely. You absolutely could make the crust and filling and freeze that, then do the fruit layers before serving.

  25. Tanisha says:

    This taste amazing, a big hit at my party!!!!

  26. I’ve got a similar recipe, but it calls for 2 cups of sugar to be mixed in the cream cheese. I’ll have to try it with just 1 cup. For a little addition, I usually spread a jar of strawberry ice-cream topping on top of the cream-cheese and then the banana layer. 🙂

  27. Made this dessert,was very good .I have a question? the gramham crust stuck
    to my pan. Was the pan supose to be greased? Hope to get a replay.


  28. I’m making this for Bunco this week! I sure hope it tastes as good as it looks!!!

  29. wow! its amazing , thank you ..

  30. I have been searching for this recipe for a long time. A family member makes this, but they won’t share the recipe. Whew…am I glad I found this pinned on Pinterest. Great recipe. Highly recommend!

  31. Marcella says:

    What size pan did you use?

  32. Marsha Sharp says:

    I have made this twice and will be one of my GO-TO desserts for anytime, anywhere! It’s easy and delishious! And looks pretty enough to take to a party. I recommend it highly!!

  33. Patsy C says:

    I got this recipe about 40 plus years ago and have made it every holiday and get together that I can remember. My filling does use 1 raw egg, 1 stick of butter ( not margarine) and 1 cup of powdered sugar. No cream cheese in my recipe. Rario of 1:1:1- you can do 2:2:2 if you want a thicker layer. I drain my crushed pineapple overnight and press out as much juice as I can. If you don’t and you have leftovers, ( hardly ever), the pineapple continues to release its juice and can get the crust soggy. If you are short on time, you can use the store bought graham cracker crust but it will be such a hit that I buy the XL crust and use the 2:2:2 measurement for the filling. This will be a go to dessert and family will beg you to bring it every time!! Enjoy.

  34. Linda Barnes says:

    this is so good . My mother fix this years ago . everytime she had to carry a dessert she would make this . great


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