Banana Split Dessert

by GettingFreedom on May 15, 2012

Oh Summer and warm weather, how I love thee!

Although summer is very busy for us {with 3 kids in sports and a very busy toddler!}–we still try to make every moment special and create loads of new memories.  We try to get together with friends as much as we can.  There must be some underwritten law that when friends gather–food has to be involved!

I almost always have a tub of COOL WHIP whipped topping in my freezer for this very reason.  There’s no telling when I’ll need it to make an everyday treat more special, to make a dessert for a get together–or  when I decide to sneak a spoonful of frozen goodness, just because. ;)

One of my favorite summer desserts is the old classic Banana Split.  It just wouldn’t be the same without COOL WHIP!  Making {atleast} 6 banana splits for the whole crew can be time consuming.

That’s where Banana Split Dessert comes in!  Not only will you have enough for your family–but for the church {or family!} potluck, too.

 

Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Dessert

Ingredients

    For the Crust::
  • 3 Cups crushed graham crackers
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • For the Layers
  • 8 oz cream cheese; softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup COOL WHIP
  • 3 bananas; sliced
  • 1 {20 oz} can crushed pineapple; drained
  • 1 {21 oz} can of strawberry pie filling
  • Topping
  • 2-3 Cups COOL WHIP
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Chopped nuts {optional}

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix together crushed graham crackers, sugar and butter.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let it cool completely.
  5. Mix together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in the COOL WHIP and until well blended.
  6. Spread cream cheese mixture on cooled crust.
  7. Layer the sliced bananas {I just sliced the bananas directly over the cream cheese layer}, crushed pineapple {make sure you cover the bananas completely so they won't brown}, and strawberry pie filling.
  8. Cover dessert with COOL WHIP and refrigerate.
  9. Just before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup and add on cherries and nuts; if desired.

Notes

Instead of using strawberry pie filling, you can slice strawberries and sprinkle with sugar and let sit to create juices. Once the juices are created--warm on the stove until boiling and thicken with arrowroot powder or cornstarch.

http://www.gettingfreedom.net/banana-split-dessert/

 

What is Your Favorite Summer-Time Dessert?

 

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