Banana Split Layered Dessert

This dessert is so refreshing in the summer. Its cold, creamy, and fruity!

It requires NO baking either, yay for not turning the oven on!

(Adapted from a Kraft recipe)



9 graham crackers, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 cup sugar (divided: 1/4 cup & 3/4 cups)
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 pkgs cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup strawberry jam/preserves
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
4 bananas, sliced (divided: half & half)
(*tip for bananas: spritz some lemon juice over them to keep from browning*)
2 pkgs instant vanilla pudding mix (4 serving size, each)
2 cups cold milk
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Maraschino  Cherries as desired
Mix crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Freeze 10 min.

Blend cream cheese and remaining sugar until well blended. Spread over crust. Spread strawberry jam over the cream cheese mixture, top with pineapple, then spread half of the banana slices over pineapple.

Whisk pudding mixes with milk for 2 min. until well blended. Stir in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spread over banana layer in pan. Top with remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate 5 hours. Slice remaining 2 bananas just before serving; arrange over dessert. Top with nuts and maraschino cherries!

birthday boy!

2 thoughts on “Banana Split Layered Dessert

  1. I made this and took it to work for a luncheon. Needless to say it didn’t last until the end of lunch. Everyone thought it was great and wanted the recipe. Now I need to make it at home and let my family try it. I might use your idea and make it for a birthday cake. I have two kids with August birthdays. This was another good one for the kids to help me with.

    • Yay! I love hearing about your cooking trials – especially since they’ve been so successful. 🙂 Isn’t this great to make in the summer (I need to make it again this year). Its perfect since there’s no oven needed and its so cool and fruity. I’m glad it was a hit for your luncheon! Keep up the culinary experiments and I’m thrilled your kids like cooking with you!

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