Banana Cranberry Dessert Recipe

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This cool, creamy dessert prompts recipe requests whenever I take it to covered-dish. The mellow flavor of bananas complements the texture of cranberries. — Zelda Patterson, Grand Prairie, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 44 wafers), divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 to 2 medium firm bananas, sliced and quartered
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cups: 503 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Sprinkle 1 cup wafer crumbs in an 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour over crumbs and spread to cover. Sprinkle with pecans.
  2. In another bowl, combine the bananas, cranberries and sugar. Spread over pecans. In a large bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over fruit layer. Sprinkle with remaining wafer crumbs. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Banana Cranberry Dessert in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p150

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jttzc User ID: 4542936 142761
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"I use cool whip in place of the heavy whipping cream and I use half can of condensed milk."

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