Banana Split Dessert

The classic Banana Split Dessert recipe with cream cheese filling, pineapple, strawberries, chocolate syrup and nuts.

The banana split is a magical thing. It’s a perfect example of when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Like a cheeseburger.

On their own, the components of a classic cheeseburger are nothing to get too excited about but together? Man, dang! There ain’t nothing better than a cheeseburger! With pickles and mustard and onions and all those other things that you wouldn’t write home about on their own.

The classic Banana Split Dessert recipe with cream cheese filling, pineapple, strawberries, chocolate syrup and nuts.

The same is true with a banana split. A classic banana split is made with:

  • Ice cream
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Nuts
  • Whipped cream
  • Cherries

None of those items by themselves will tilt the earth on its axis but when you put them together? It’s pure dessert GOLD.

The classic Banana Split Dessert recipe with cream cheese filling, pineapple, strawberries, chocolate syrup and nuts.

One day I was seriously craving a banana split. To the point that I wondered if I was pregnant. I’m not, Mama. You can put down the phone.

Then I realized it wasn’t necessarily the ice cream I was craving, but the toppings! So I pulled out this recipe and made it instead!

This recipe has all the classic toppings of a banana split made into a dessert. The base is made from a graham cracker crust and the toppings are layered over an easy no-bake cheesecake layer.

This is a great dessert to make for potlucks, picnics, Sunday dinner, special occasions or just because! If you take this somewhere be prepared to give out the recipe because folks will ask for it!

Banana Split Dessert

Yield: 18-20 Servings
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 25 M
The classic Banana Split Dessert recipe with cream cheese filling, pineapple, strawberries, chocolate syrup and nuts.


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 16-ounce carton cool whip, divided
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple in heavy syrup, drained well
  • 2 pints strawberries, sliced
  • Chopped nuts
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries


How to cook Banana Split Dessert

  1. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, 1/4 cup sugar and salt then press into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  2. Whip cream cheese, vanilla extract and remaining 1 cup of sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Fold in 1 cup of cool whip. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over graham cracker crust. Make sure your cream cheese is good and soft or you'll have a hard time spreading the mixture over the graham cracker crust.
  3. Arrange banana slices in a single layer over cream cheese mixture. Top bananas evenly with crushed pineapple. Arrange strawberry slices in a single layer over pineapple. Spread remaining cool whip over dessert. Make sure to go all the way to the edges with the cool whip – this will seal things up so the bananas don’t brown. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  4. To serve, sprinkle with nuts, drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with cherries.
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  1. OMG! Did I read something about you wanting a banana split on facebook and you got my craving going, or is that craving just going around?? I asked my mom last weekend for the recipe to the banana split pie she used to make! Your dessert sounds delicious, and could cure my craving!!

  2. I love this!! Going to make this for a family reunion this weekend :)
    Just found out recently that you could soak your bananas or apples in lemon/lime soda to keep from turning brown. Try it! It works!!

    1. I made it last weekend and you don't need to do anything to the bananas since the pineapple keeps them from turning brown. I still have 1 slice left in the fridge and the bananas are perfect!

  3. Thank you so much for this! I made it last weekend and it was a huge hit! So yummy and looks amazing! All of the kids asked for a second helping.

  4. This has become my go to dessert! Absolutely scrumptious and on the most requested list from family, friends, and coworkers. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Can I use frozen strawberries or is it better to use fresh strawberries ?


Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy