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Banana Split Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + freezing


25 servings

Updated: Jun. 04, 2022
Here's a mouthwatering make-ahead dessert that looks scrumptious and tastes as good as it looks! —Elmer Thorsheim, Radcliffe, Iowa
Banana Split Dessert Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. In a small bowl, combine crumbs and melted butter. Set aside 1/2 cup; press remaining crumbs into a 15x10x1-in. pan. Slice bananas widthwise and layer over crust. Cut ice cream widthwise into 10 slices; place over bananas. Spread edges of ice cream slices to cover bananas 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 and nuts; 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.
Editor's Note: Purchase a rectangle-shaped package of ice cream in the flavor of your choice for the easiest cutting.

Nutrition Facts

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

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