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Layered No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

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Layered No-Bake Banana Split Dessert
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Who said the best dessert recipes require an oven? This recipe for Layered No-Bake Banana Split Dessert proves that theory wrong. A quick-to-make treat that will leave you drooling after the first bite, this banana split inspired dessert is the perfect warm-weather indulgence. Start off with a layer of graham cracker crust, then add a layer of cream cheese mousse, then toss on some bananas, pineapple, strawberries, and finally whipped cream, nuts, chocolate, and let's not forget about the cherries on top. This really is the ultimate no bake dessert recipe and one bite will show you why!

Serves: 12

Did You Know?

Who created the banana split? The world may never know.

According to the folks of Wilmington, Ohio, local restaurateur, E.R. Hazard created the iconic American ice cream treat in 1907 as a means of attracting local college students to his eatery. If you travel just 275 miles away to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, however, you'll hear lore of David Strickler, a former local pharmacy clerk who supposedly created the nostalgic, soda fountain confection in 1904.

Both towns stick to their guns on the origin of this American classic, and in Wilmington, they even hold an annual Banana Split Festival to commemorate our favorite treat from the bygone soda fountain era. In Latrobe, a man by the name of Joseph "Ice Cream Joe" Greubel, president of the Valley Dairy restaurant chain, claims that he personally talked with Strickler about his creation, which in his words, "originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of regular sundaes." Ice Cream Joe also says that even the National Ice Cream Retailers Association has declared Latrobe the home of the banana split, which is likely why if you do simple Google search, most of the results will tell you the same.

Early Walgreens drug stores, operated by Charles Rudolph Walgreens in the Chicago area, are often credited with spreading the word nationally about the banana split and bringing about its widespread popularity. The store promoted the sundae as their signature dessert, attracting customers that would have otherwise been in and out after filling their prescriptions.

Though Wilmington and Latrobe are split on the split's origin, they both agree on the classic formula. Three scoops of ice cream, 1 vanilla, 1 chocolate and 1 strawberry. Pineapple, strawberry and chocolate sauces, a whole banana, halved, and whipped cream, cherries and nut garnishes.


Fun Fact

For the banana split to actually be a "split," the banana must be cut "stem to stern": Cut it crosswise, and you've got a banana royale. For mores delicious takes on this iconic recipe, try these other banana split desserts


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I remember what a big deal it was to order a banana split at Dairy Queen when I was a kid. I can't wait to make a whole big pan of banana split to share with my whole family. It probably won't cost much more than what it costs to buy a banana split from a restaurant. YUMMY!

My friends were just talking about this! No bake desserts are my JAM! Plus, banana splits are a classic - I'm so looking forward to making this soon.

This just sounds incredibly yummy, and very easy to assemble to boot. I can easily envision whipping this together for a cookout or picnic. I'm not a big fan of pineapple (though my wife loves it) so I might layer just one half with the pineapple and either double up on the bananas and strawberries for me. Or I might try using blueberries. Thanks for sharing this!

Love these simple desserts!


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