This No Bake Banana Split Cake is filled with layers of pineapple, banana and cheesecake for an easy and delicious dessert!
Last week my sister in law brought this No Bake Banana Split Cake to a family gathering and I instantly fell in love. Between the graham cracker pie crust, cheesecake filling and all the way to the cherry on top, I was hooked.
I had to hurry and grab a second slice before it was all gone, cause it went fast!
I asked my sister in law for the recipe and she told me it was one that the restaurant she works at uses, but it was originally from a magazine and sent me a picture of the recipe. I’m not sure what magazine it’s originally out of, but this recipe is GOLD!
I tweaked it slightly based on her recommendation and I can’t get enough of it.
How To Make Banana Split Cake:
- Start with a simple graham cracker crust and press into a 9×13″ cake pan. Freeze for 10 minutes.
- Mix up an easy cheesecake layer (just cream cheese and sugar), then carefully spread over the graham cracker crust.
- Top with a layer of crushed pineapple and sliced bananas.
- Followed by a layer of cheesecake pudding mixture and a layer of whipped cream.
- Top with your favorite banana split toppings!
This cake takes only a few minutes to pull together, but can be made up to 2 days in advance. I wouldn’t make it too much earlier than that because the bananas will start to brown.
The layer of pudding that goes on top of the bananas was originally vanilla pudding mix, but my sister in law suggested I use the cheesecake pudding mix and I agree. It’s a delicious switch, but if you’re wanting a little more vanilla flavor to the cake, you can definitely stick with the vanilla.
Finish the top with a layer of cool whip or whipped cream and sprinkle with chopped pecans. If you’re more of a chopped peanut fan on top of your banana split then by all means, go for it!
The recipe also stated to place a layer of sliced bananas on top of the cake, but I didn’t want the bananas to brown, so I decided to just have sliced bananas, cherries and chocolate syrup as an optional topping for my family. They got to dress their cake slices however they wanted.
If you find that you have extra bananas leftover, try making my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!
This is definitely one cake I can see myself making over and over again all Summer long!
It’s cool, refreshing and doesn’t require any baking at all!
You’re going to LOVE this easy dessert recipe!
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No Bake Banana Split Cake
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened
- 20 oz crushed pineapple, drained
- 5 medium bananas, divided
- 2 cups cold milk
- 2 4 serving size packages Jello instant cheesecake pudding mixes
- 2 cups thawed whipped topping, such as cool whip, divided
- 1 cup chopped pecans or preferred nut
- maraschino cherries
- chocolate syrup
- Combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar and the melted butter in a bowl and mix to combine. Press the crumbs evenly into a 9x13" cake pan and freeze for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth and creamy. Carefully spread over the graham cracker crust into an even layer. Top with a layer of the crushed pineapple (make sure to drain very well). Slice 4 of the bananas into discs and layer on top of the pineapple.
- Combine the cold milk and 2 pudding mixes in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add 1/2 cup of the thawed whipped topping and fold in until combined. Spread over the bananas into an even layer. Top with the remaining whipped topping. Cover and chill until ready to serve (best if chilled at least 2 to 5 hours).
- Serve with optional toppings and additional sliced bananas on top if desired. Enjoy!
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Does it freeze well?
Due to the bananas, I’m going to say no, it won’t freeze super well. But if you don’t mind brown bananas, then it should be just fine.
I would add a layer of strawberry ice cream topping in the middle.
Have not made it rotated it but my mouth is watering!! Sounds deliscious-5 kids – bless you! You go girl!
Made this for my 84 year old mothers Birthday.,we all loved it.!!!
Fantastic! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Delicious but the graham cracker crust stuck to the pan and wouldn’t come out with the rest of it.
What a bummer! Next time try lining the bottom of your pan with some parchment paper. That will help to get it out with ease.
Spray the bottom of you pan with cooking spray and crust will not stick.
Hteat dessert. If you want the bananas to stay fresh and not turn brown or release a brown syrup, use green bananas. Believe this works.
Great tip! Thanks Mari!
We didn’t have any leftovers. The whole family loved it, even my picky eaters.
So awesome! I love it when that happens. So glad you enjoyed it!
Made this today. So good! Just a couple servings left.
Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it, Myrna!
En spañish la receta por favor
Jose, abra Google Translate y copie toda la receta en inglés de aquí y ahi se lo traducirán. Aquí están los ingredients e instruciones:
1 1/2 tazas de migas de galletas Graham
1 1/4 taza de azúcar, dividida
1/2 taza de mantequilla derretida
16 oz de queso crema, ablandado
20 oz de piña triturada, escurrida
5 plátanos medianos, divididos
2 tazas de leche fría
2 paquetes de 4 porciones Jello mezclas instantáneas de pudín de tarta de queso
2 tazas de cobertura batida descongelada, como látigo frío, dividida
1 taza de nueces picadas o nuez preferida
sirope de chocolate
. Combine las migajas de galletas Graham, 1/4 taza de azúcar y la mantequilla derretida en un tazón y mezcle para combinar.
. Presione, bata el queso crema y 1 taza de azúcar hasta que esté suave y cremoso.
. Con cuidado, extiéndelo sobre la corteza de la galleta Graham en una capa uniforme.
. Cubra con una capa de la piña triturada (asegúrese de escurrir muy bien). .
Corta 4 de los plátanos en discos y colócalos encima de la piña.
. Combina la leche fría y las 2 mezclas de pudín en un tazón y bate hasta que quede suave.
Agregue 1/2 taza de la cobertura batida descongelada y doble hasta combinar. . . Extender sobre los plátanos en una capa uniforme. Cubra con la cobertura batida restante.
. Cubra y enfríe hasta que esté listo para servir (mejor si se enfría al menos de 2 a 5 horas).
. Sirva con ingredientes opcionales y plátanos en rodajas adicionales en la parte superior si lo desea.
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it looks so yummy cant to put my teeth into this
That’s awesome! It’s a great springtime cake.
Just wondering, do the bananas turn brown @ all?
They can turn brown after a few days. It’s best to eat within a day or two.
We added strawberries. Was a great easy dessert.
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks for the recipe. I have never added the pudding mixes to it before. I usually did it with strawberries, bananas and pineapple. Had this over 40 years ago and lost the recipe. Most recipes you find use raw egg whites that are never cooked so being immune compromised, that’s not an option for me. Really appreciate having the recipe again and can’t wait to ty it again!
Great! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
My family liked different puddings, so i would make one end chocolate and the other pistachio or lemon. I didn’t use the fruit. One time I made one with strawberries and bananas. Just use what you or your family likes. You can’t go wrong with this dessert.
Love the different flavor ideas! So glad you’re enjoying it!
Looks interesting – personally id not have access to Grahams crackers so will aim to try using McVities Digestives
Also, don’t use pre-made mixes so much work out what to use (gelatine I suppose ?) and use real cream
My mom used to make this. I’ve always loved it! She would dip the banana slices in lemon juice and they didn’t brown.
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If you make this ahead of time dont the bananas go brown?
I’d say it could last at least two days covered in the fridge before you’d notice the bananas browning too much.
I’ve made it with instant pistachio pudding, and I’ve tried other puddings as well. My daughter asks for it every holiday.
I’ve known it as Stripe Delight
Oh fun! I’ll have to try it with the pistachio pudding too!
Is there another option besides pineapple? I like it but the rest of the family does not.
Sure! You could either leave it out or try another chopped fruit. I would just make sure it’s not too watery. Maybe a finely chopped strawberry?