At our Easter family potluck gathering, Aunt Lyn brought the most amazing dessert! I swear I ate like 1/4 of the pan and then took another 1/4 home to eat later! Her Banana Split Dessert was simply divine! Who would have thought that pineapples in vanilla pudding would be so amazing?! Trust me when I say this was super yummy. It was cool, sweet, fruity, creamy, nutty & chocolaty! Aunt Lyn made hers with fresh pineapples and a graham cracker bottom. Personally, I think that was the way to go with this dish! Alas, the hubby and our oldest son do not like graham. Yes, it is a crying shame, a complete crime! So when I made the dish at home a few days later, I switched out the graham and used crushed shortbread cookies instead. It was still delicious but the graham cracker bottom was way better. I also used canned pineapple and I don’t think the pineapple made much of a difference. We prefer French vanilla flavored pudding so we used that instead too. I can tell you that this does taste exactly like a banana split! So give this gem of a recipe a try and I’m going to make me another pan with graham crackers. I just will have to eat it all by myself, well, Spencer likes graham crackers too so I guess Spence and I will be enjoying it! Thanks Aunt Lyn! You are always rocking the most awesome dishes!
Printable Recipe: Banana Split Dessert
2 cups graham cracker crumbs or 2 cups crushed shortbread cookies
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 pound butter, melted
2 (small) packages vanilla instant pudding mix
3 1/2 cups of milk
2 bananas, sliced
1 (15 ounce) can crushed or diced pineapple, drained (or 3/4 cup of diced, fresh pineapple)
1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (16 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained & sliced in 1/2
12 ounces crushed walnuts
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Combine the graham cracker crumbs or crushed shortbread cookies, white sugar and melted butter.
Mix together and press into a 9×13 inch cake pan; refrigerate until chilled.
Layer bananas, 3/4 of the sliced cherries and pineapple over crust.
Mix 2 packages of pudding mix with 3-1/2 cups milk and then spread pudding mixture on top of the fruit. Cover pudding with whipped topping.
Drizzle with Hershey’s syrup, top with cherries and chopped nuts; refrigerate and serve chilled. You just have to scoop the goodness out in a pile, it ain’t necessarily pretty served but damn is it tasty! Just make sure your family/guests see the pan before you slop out of it, lol!
Hey, just wanted to add this new trick I learned from somewhere on Pinterest. You know when you buy bananas and they are still firm but ripe enough to eat? You go to tear the stem to peel back the layers. You succeed in peeling back the layers while also crushing 1/4 of the actual banana in the process. It is so annoying! Well, did you know that our “cousins” the monkeys open their bananas at the opposite end? Yep, if you pinch the “bottom” end of the banana using your thumbs and index fingers on both sides of the banana while pulling it apart, the banana layers fold back perfectly leaving you with every inch of banana goodness! No more smashed banana end! This is how I peel Spencer’s bananas everyday now; it’s so much easier!
Thank you monkeys!