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 (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.


  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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1950twins User ID: 3610691 135981
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Very refreshing for a warm day."

deez1101 User ID: 1884134 53789
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

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

cyardley User ID: 4292883 117005
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?"

ccdse User ID: 4095810 114086
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

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

angelmcnamee User ID: 3204640 114085
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

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

Hackster User ID: 1317538 36075
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"True to it's name, it tasted like a banana split and you don't have to feel to guilty about the calorie count!"

Lilacooks User ID: 1763469 131221
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"My husband says this recipe is definately a "Keeper". I can't believe it is for diabetics, but my blood sugar reading says that it is."

uscoutys User ID: 3560608 109735
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"I was out of vanilla pudding so used chocolate fudge sugar free pudding in this and no graham cracker crust. It was delicious and less fattening, I am sure."

kelly1424 User ID: 1002552 109707
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"We had company and I made this for dessert. I made it the day before and it was good but we were expecting alot more flavor. I don't know what it needs but it just seemed like it needed something. I will make it again but I'll try something different with it. I didn't use the sugar-free, fat-free, unsweetened, reduced fat ingredients either."

rambo1cat User ID: 3032108 109700
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"Wonderful and easy. No one knows it is healthy when you take it to a potluck."

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