Banana Split Dessert Recipe
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Banana Split Dessert Recipe

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Here's a mouthwatering make-ahead dessert that looks scrumptious...and tastes as good as it looks!—Mrs. Elmer Thorsheim, Radcliffe, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing
MAKES:25 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing
MAKES: 25 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 to 5 medium bananas
  • 1/2 gallon Neapolitan ice cream (block carton)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 406 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 204mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine crumbs and melted butter. Set aside 1/2 cup; press remaining crumbs into a 15x10x 1-in. pan. Slice bananas widthwise and layer over crust. Cut ice cream widthwise into ten slices; place over bananas. Spread edges of ice cream slices to cover banana and form a smooth layer. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover and freeze until firm.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Pour over ice cream; freeze until firm.
  3. In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form; spread over chocolate layer. Top with reserved crumbs. Store in freezer (will keep for several weeks). Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 25 servings.
Originally published as Banana Split Dessert in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p61

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Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"Many better tasting banana split desserts that don't require all this fuss. Sorry. Not a keeper for me."

Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"I made this years ago when we had large parties. It is absolutely wonderful! I will have to make it again because now I am very hungry for it!! I am so glad to see it again and saved it in my recipe box. I have always treasured this recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"Best desert ever. I have made it with sugar-free ice cream and sugar free fudge topping. It is also excellent. We were making this in the 7-"s in WI. I made it today. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"Although there are several steps to preparing this dessert, it is well worth the effort. I used Cool Whip instead of the heavy whipping cream. It is easy to put together and sooo delicious!!!"

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