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Graham Cracker Banana Split Dessert

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


  • 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


  • Combine cracker crumbs and margarine; press into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the evaporated milk, fat-free milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick).
  • 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.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Parkay Light stick margarine.
Nutrition 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.

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  • darlyn29
    Apr 24, 2019

    Very sweet but extra tasty! Made as directed other than omitted the chocolate- after tasting without it seemed too sweet to add. Possibly would make again with dark chocolate.

  • chagie1
    Jul 23, 2017

    Great recipe! Made it as stated except omitted the walnuts (family preferences). Taste was spot on!

  • 1950twins
    Mar 10, 2012

    Very refreshing for a warm day.

  • deez1101
    Nov 12, 2009

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

  • cyardley
    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
    Aug 29, 2009

    We were very pleased with this recipe. Very refreshing!

  • angelmcnamee
    Aug 28, 2009

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

  • Hackster
    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
    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
    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.