Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Dessert

I have got a treat for you today! It doesn’t get much better than this banana split dessert. Think layers of graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, sliced fruit and whipped cream. And of course peanuts, chocolate sauce and cherries on top!  I made this dessert for our Memorial Day get together and everyone loved it. If you love tried and true desserts, this one is for you. I found the original recipe when I was digging through my mom’s old pile of handwritten recipes and I think it originated from my aunt. That version used raw eggs, however, which didn’t really appeal to me. So I switched out the middle layer, kept the rest, and the end result is the the dessert you see here. This banana split dessert is a great one to feed a lot of people, and a definite crowd-pleaser – I hope you try it!

Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Dessert


  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained and juice saved
  • 16 ounces strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 12 ounces whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium sized bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar, stirring until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press into an even layer in a 9x13 pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread on top of the cooled crust. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on top of the cream cheese filling. (*If you want to be sure your banana doesn't brown, dip the slices in the reserved pineapple juice before layering.)
  3. Top with an even layer of the pineapple, and then an even layer of the sliced strawberries. Cover with the whipped topping. Sprinkle with the chopped peanuts, then drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with maraschino cherries.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
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  1. I’ll be right over! I’ll even bring my own spoon!!!

  2. That banana split looks glorious. All those layers of good stuff are making my eyes hurt in the best way!

  3. What a great idea for a dessert for a crowd. I love anything banana split. Yum!

  4. Megan, this dessert looks great and I’m going to try it this weekend… but it’s hard to see the recipe now with all the ads in the way! I know you need to make some money from the site, but the ads at the top are so detracting!

    • Thanks for the feedback. That extra ad will only be on today’s post and tomorrow’s post, and not anything else. It’s a special one time thing to promote the television show “I’m having their baby”. I actually only agreed to do it because I really like the show and feel like it provides good information about adoption and birthmothers. 🙂

  5. I’m all over this! What a treat!

  6. Oh yummy!! I love banana splits!

  7. this is genius! old family recipes are the best 🙂

  8. Love this to death!

  9. This is fantastic! It was so simple to make, and very tasty. Thanks!! We love it!

  10. Oh how perfect is this! I love this recipe and I know my husband will too 🙂

  11. Can this be frozen?

  12. I with MY megan would make me these!!

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