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Delight in a Classic Treat: Banana Split Lush Dessert

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy cool, creamy desserts that bring back memories of fun-filled days and delicious treats. Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that combines all the flavors of a classic banana split into a layered, no-bake dessert: Banana Split Lush Dessert.

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This delightful treat features a graham cracker crust, a banana cream pudding cheesecake layer with real banana slices, and a strawberry pudding layer, all topped with fluffy Cool Whip and drizzled with chocolate sauce. It’s a showstopper dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Banana Split Lush Dessert is not only incredibly delicious but also easy to make. With layers of creamy, fruity goodness and a crunchy graham cracker crust, it’s a treat that’s sure to impress both kids and adults alike. The best part? No baking is required, making it a perfect dessert for hot summer days.

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The Layers of Deliciousness

Graham Cracker Crust:
The foundation of this dessert is a simple yet flavorful graham cracker crust, providing a perfect crunchy contrast to the creamy layers.

Banana Cream Pudding Cheesecake Layer:
This layer combines the tangy richness of cream cheese with the sweet, smooth taste of banana cream pudding, plus fresh banana slices for added texture and flavor.

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Strawberry Pudding Layer:
A layer of strawberry pudding adds a fruity, refreshing note that complements the banana layer perfectly.

Cool Whip and Toppings:
A generous layer of Cool Whip makes this dessert light and fluffy, while a drizzle of chocolate sauce and optional maraschino cherries and chopped nuts add the perfect finishing touches.

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  • For the Crust:
    • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Banana Cream Pudding Cheesecake Layer:
    • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant banana cream pudding mix
    • 1 3/4 cups cold milk
    • 2 cups sliced bananas
  • For the Strawberry Pudding Layer:
    • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant strawberry pudding mix
    • 1 3/4 cups cold milk
  • For the Topping:
    • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
    • Chocolate sauce (for drizzling)
    • Maraschino cherries and chopped nuts (optional, for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Crust:
    • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
    • Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
    • Refrigerate while preparing the layers.
  2. Prepare the Banana Cream Pudding Cheesecake Layer:
    • In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
    • In another bowl, whisk together the banana cream pudding mix and cold milk until thickened, about 2 minutes.
    • Fold the pudding mixture into the cream cheese mixture until well combined.
    • Gently fold in the sliced bananas.
    • Spread the banana cream pudding cheesecake layer evenly over the graham cracker crust.
  3. Prepare the Strawberry Pudding Layer:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the strawberry pudding mix and cold milk until thickened, about 2 minutes.
    • Spread the strawberry pudding layer evenly over the banana cream pudding cheesecake layer.
  4. Add the Topping:
    • Spread the Cool Whip evenly over the strawberry pudding layer.
    • Drizzle with chocolate sauce.
    • If desired, garnish with maraschino cherries and chopped nuts.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Refrigerate the dessert for at least 4 hours, or until set.
    • Slice and serve chilled.

Experience the joy of a classic banana split in a new, delightful way with this Banana Split Lush Dessert. With its creamy layers and refreshing flavors, it’s a dessert that’s sure to become a favorite. Enjoy every luscious bite!

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