Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Slice was a favorite dessert of ours decades ago.  The original recipe had a layer which was heavy on butter and included raw eggs.  I've switched it up a little and it now has a cream cheese layer.  The maraschino cherry on top has been replaced by strawberries.  Those who sampled my updated version of the old favorite gave it a thumbs up. 

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

  • 12 oz. / 375 g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream 
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 19-20 oz. can crushed pineapple, well drained*
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  •  1 box instant vanilla pudding, 4 serving size
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Hershey's chocolate sauce
  • chopped peanuts
  • strawberries
  1. Combine butter, graham wafer crumbs and sugar.  Press into a 9" x 13" pan.  Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
  2. Whip cream until thick.  Sprinkle with sugar and add vanilla.   Continue to beat until peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Cream together cream cheese and icing sugar.  Mix in half of the whipped cream.  Spread mixture over graham cracker crust.
  4. Spread crushed pineapple over cream cheese layer.  
  5. Arrange banana slices evenly over the pineapple.
  6. Combine pudding mix with milk and mix until blended and beginning to thicken.  Spread over banana layer.
  7. Spread remaining whipped cream over the top.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 
  9. Before serving, drizzle with chocolate sauce, sprinkle on peanuts and  top with sliced strawberries.
* Reserve the pineapple juice and soak the banana slices in it before adding to the dessert to prevent browning.

Serves 15.

Gluten-free version: Use a gluten-free crumb base (such as this) or use the recipe as given substituting 1 1/2 cups crushed almonds for the graham cracker crumbs or buy the commercial gluten free graham wafer crumbs.