Graham Cracker Banana Split Dessert Recipe
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Graham Cracker Banana Split Dessert Recipe

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My father-in-law is diabetic, but this creamy pudding dessert is one treat he can eat. It has all the flavors of a true banana split. —Ann Jansen, Depere, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 cups reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs (about 10 whole crackers)
  • 5 tablespoons reduced-fat margarine, melted
  • 1 can (12 ounces) cold reduced-fat evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup cold fat-free milk
  • 2 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 medium firm bananas,sliced
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 5 maraschino cherries, quartered

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 194 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit 1 fat


  1. Combine cracker crumbs and margarine; press into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the evaporated milk, fat-free milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick).
  3. Spread pudding evenly over crust. Layer with bananas, pineapple and whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts; drizzle with chocolate syrup. Top with cherries. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting. Yield: 15 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Parkay Light stick margarine.
Originally published as Banana Split Dessert in Light & Tasty October/November 2002, p57

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Very refreshing for a warm day."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"Made this for my boss who is diabetic, everyone enjoyed this"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"Did I do something wrong? I followed the recipe and the bottom was a thick paste, the pudding was extremely thick. I ended up tossing everything and made my own version. Is the above recipe correct?"

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"We were very pleased with this recipe. Very refreshing!"

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"Do to high cholesterol we use smart balance instead of butter. The dessert was excellent."

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