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The Ultimate No-Cook Banana-Split Dessert

Shirley is a freelance writer who loves making desserts. She lives in Michigan with her family and her black German Shepherd, Tess.

Banana-Split Dessert Topped With Cherries, Walnuts and Chocolate Syrup

Banana-Split Dessert Topped With Cherries, Walnuts and Chocolate Syrup

A good friend of mine—who’s very picky about the food she likes and even pickier about the recipes she uses—brought this dessert over to my house after she got the recipe from a friend of hers. She excitedly walked through my door and exclaimed, “You have to taste this!” The dessert did look 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 split 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.

No Cook Time!

Prep timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

Serves 8

To say that this dessert is heavenly is a 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 second helpings.

Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table.

— William Powell

After the first bite of this mouth-watering ultimate banana-split dessert, you'll want to keep it all for yourself!

After the first bite of this mouth-watering ultimate banana-split dessert, you'll want to keep it all for yourself!

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 a tangy taste very similar to cream cheesecake.

You can also take away any ingredients or add 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.

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

Ingredients:

  • 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
  • 8-ounce block cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 20-ounce can pineapple, tidbits or crushed, (crushed pineapple needs the juice strained out)
  • 1 to 4 sliced bananas
  • 8-ounce tub whipped topping
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Chocolate syrup, (for topping)
  • Chopped walnuts, pecans or peanuts, (for topping)
  • Maraschino 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 Maraschino 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.

Blend cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon juice until creamy.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into pie crust.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into pie crust.

Spread crushed pineapple evenly over cream cheese mixture.

Spread crushed pineapple evenly over cream cheese mixture.

Place sliced bananas over pineapple.

Place sliced bananas over pineapple.

Spread Cool Whip evenly over sliced bananas.

Spread Cool Whip evenly over sliced bananas.

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.

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.

Place cherries on top!

Place cherries on top!

Sprinkle with walnuts.

Sprinkle with walnuts.

I get way too much happiness from good food.

— Elizabeth Olsen

Create 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 coworker's 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 and Toppings You Can Use:

SyrupsCandiesNuts

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

Finished Banana-Split Dessert

Finished Banana-Split Dessert

Ingredients for Different Sizes

Amounts for 8 Average ServingsAmounts for 8 Generous ServingsAmounts for 16 Servings

8" or 9" pie crust

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

Two 20-ounce can pineapple juice, tidbits or crushed

8-ounce container whipped topping

8-ounce container whipped topping

Two 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

Maraschino cherries for topping

Maraschino cherries for topping

Maraschino 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°F for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly browned, or refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Cool on wire rack before assembling dessert.

If I'm going to have something rich and yummy, I'm not reaching for prepackaged brownies. I'm going to make a pie from scratch.

— Marisa Miller

Give your opinion of this Banana-Split Dessert!

© 2016 Shirley Urso-Farmer

Tell me what ingredients you used in your Banana-Split Dessert!

Shirley Urso-Farmer (author) from Michigan on February 21, 2018:

You're very welcome Sherry Haynes! Please let me know how you liked it, and what ingredients you used in yours :)

Sherry Haynes on February 20, 2018:

It looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

Shirley Urso-Farmer (author) from Michigan on February 11, 2018:

You're welcome Margie, and, thank you for commenting!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on February 11, 2018:

Yum, I love dessert! This make a beautiful display for any meal. Thanks for sharing.