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No Bake Banana Split Dessert

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This banana split dessert is a no bake banana split layered dessert that is a must make. You have a crunchy graham cracker crust that is then topped with a rich and creamy cream cheese layer and topped with fresh sliced bananas, strawberries, pineapple, whipped cream, and peanuts.

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All your favorite flavors of a banana split but in a layered dessert. The ultimate summer dessert for you summer pool parties, cookout events, or parties you plan on attending or hosting this year.

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Why this recipe works!

  • Serves a crowd! You use a 9×13 casserole dish so it makes quite a bit.
  • No baking needed for this banana dessert recipe.
  • All the flavors and more of a classic banana split recipe.
  • Make ahead of time and have the dessert in the fridge ready to slice and serve.

Banana Split Dessert Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for no bake banana split dessert including: Graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese, unsalted butter, greek yogurt, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
  • Graham Crackers – Crumbs that are crushed.
  • Butter – Salted, melted.
  • Salt
  • Cream Cheese – Full fat, softened.
  • Sour Cream – Full fat, can swap with Greek yogurt.
  • Powdered Sugar – Confectioner’s sugar, sift if clumps.
  • Lemon – Lemon juice, freshly squeezed.
  • Vanilla – Extract works great.
  • Whipped Cream – Cool Whip or homemade.
  • Bananas – Fresh, sliced.
  • Strawberries – Fresh and sliced thin.
  • Pineapple – Canned, crushed and drained.
  • Peanuts – Optional topping
  • Chocolate – Chocolate syrup or hot fudge.
  • Maraschino cherries – canned, drained from juice.
  • Rainbow sprinkles – optional.

What to serve with Banana Dessert

This is the perfect summertime dessert. You can pair with any main dish or serve with your favorite drink for a mid-day snack.

Here are dinner ideas to serve up

How To Make

Collage of adding graham cracker crumbs in a casserole dish and creating cream cheese filling.
  1. Grease your pan, and you will prepare your graham cracker crumb crust. In a bowl, add the crumbs, butter, and salt. Mix well and then press firmly into the prepared pan. Place in the fridge to chill. (Photo 1)
  2. Next, you will grab a large bowl and cream the cream cheese, butter, sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix until night and creamy. (Photo 2)
  3. Add in the powdered sugar, mixing slowly. Make sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl. (Photo 3)
  4. Fold in the cool whip and make sure to mix until combined. (Photo 4)
Collage of creating Banana Split.
  1. Pour the mixture into the dish, and then spread evenly. (Photo 5)
  2. Top with sliced bananas, berries, and then pineapple. Add on extra Cool Whip. (Photos 6, 7 & 8)
  3. Refrigerate to allow the banana split dessert to set up.
Collage of assembling Banana Split.
  1. When ready to serve, drizzle with chocolate, sprinkles, and peanuts if you want. Top with cherries. (Photos 9 & 10)
  2. Devour!
Partially-eaten slice of banana split dessert.

How to Store This Banana Split Dessert

You will want to store your banana split dessert in an airtight container in the fridge. It will store for 4-5 days. You will find the fruit is going to break down and become soggy as it sits on the top. So discard if you need.

Since this is a no bake dessert with fresh fruit, it is recommended not to freeze any leftovers. Just eat and serve what you make before it spoil.

Tips from our Recipe Developer

  • You could use a Golden Oreo crust or even vanilla wafer crust.
  • Use Greek yogurt instead of Sour Cream.
  • You can swap lemon with lime for a twist in flavor.
  • The toppings are up to you what you would like to add on top of the no bake dessert.
  • Use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool whip if you would like.
  • Change up the fruit you place on top to fit what you and your family prefer.
  • You need to allow your dessert set up; otherwise when you slice and serve, it will not hold shape.
  • Don’t place the bananas on the dessert till right before you serve. Otherwise, they will turn brown.
Banana split dessert in a casserole dish.

Recipe FAQs

Can I leave off the bananas?

Yes, go right ahead and leave the bananas off if you want. I get it; they turn brown pretty quickly, so removing them from the topping will work. Or you can add them on top of the cream cheese layer to protect them from getting air to them.

Can I half the recipe?

Go ahead and split the recipe in half if you do not want to eat all the 9×13. Just half the recipe and then use an 8×8 or 9×9 size pan.

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5 from 2 votes

No Bake Banana Split Dessert


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerate 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Try out my no bake banana split dessert! This recipe is made with a golden graham crust, cream cheese base, banana, chocolate, strawberries and more. The perfect summer no bake dessert.

Ingredients 

Crust

  • 2 ½ cups (210 g) graham cracker crumbs about 3 sleeves
  • ¾ cup (170 ¼ g) Unsalted Butter melted
  • teaspoon Salt

For the cream cheese filling:

  • 16 ounces (453 ⅗ g) 2 blocks full fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup (50 g) sour cream OR greek yogurt
  • 1 ½-2 cups (180 g) powdered sugar adjust to sweetness preference
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces (226 ⅘ g) Cool Whip OR homemade whipped topping

For the fruit filling and additional toppings:

  • 4 bananas sliced
  • 16 ounce (453 ⅗ g) container fresh strawberries sliced
  • 1 (20 oz) (567 g) can crushed pineapple drained
  • 8 ounces (226 ⅘ g) Cool Whip OR homemade whipped topping
  • ¼ cup (36 ½ g) peanuts chopped
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

  • Lightly grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside,
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and the salt using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Then add the melted butter and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Pour the graham cracker crust mixture into the prepared baking pan and press firmly to form an even layer of crust. You can use your fingers or the back of a measuring cup to get it nice and even. Place in the refrigerator to chill as you prepare the cream cheese layer.
  • In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream the cream cheese, butter, sour cream, lemon juice, and pure vanilla extract until smooth and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and make sure to incorporate any chunks in as well.
  • Add the Cool Whip and fold it into the mixture using a rubber spatula until it is well incorporated. Pour it over the prepared graham cracker crust and evenly spread it on top.
  • Place the sliced bananas evenly over the cream cheese layer. Add the sliced strawberries evenly over the bananas and then add an even layer of the crushed and drained pineapples.
  • Spread the additional Cool Whip evenly on top. Place the dessert into the refrigerator to set for 4-6 hours, or overnight.
  • When ready to serve, drizzle it all over with chocolate syrup. You can pipe some extra whipped cream on top if you desire. Then sprinkled everything with chopped peanuts and rainbow sprinkles. Top it all off with maraschino cherries. Enjoy!

Notes

Refrigerate – Make sure to allow your dessert to set up fully. Otherwise when you go to slice it, it will fall apart. 
Toppings – Feel free to top your dessert anyway you want. You are more than welcome to change up how you decorate your dessert. 
Half Recipe – Feel free to reduce the recipe by half if you do not want to make a larger pan. Use an 8×8 or 9×9 size pan. 
Crust – Instead of using graham crackers for the crust swap with Golden Oreos or even regular Oreos for a twist on the flavor. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 601kcal (30%) Carbohydrates: 60g (20%) Protein: 7g (14%) Fat: 39g (60%) Saturated Fat: 23g (144%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 93mg (31%) Sodium: 352mg (15%) Potassium: 413mg (12%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 41g (46%) Vitamin A: 1199IU (24%) Vitamin C: 30mg (36%) Vitamin D: 0.2µg (1%) Calcium: 114mg (11%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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