No Bake Banana Split Dessert Recipe

This No Bake Banana Split Dessert captures all the delightful flavors of a classic banana split in an easy, no-bake format that’s perfect for summer. Layered with a crunchy graham cracker crust, a creamy cheese filling, and plenty of fresh fruit, topped with whipped cream and a cherry, it’s a festive, crowd-pleasing dessert that’s ideal for any summer gathering.


For the Crust:

  • 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½-2 cups powdered sugar (adjust to sweetness preference)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream

For the Fruit Filling and Toppings:

  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 20 ounces canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • Extra Cool Whip for topping
  • ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Rainbow sprinkles


  1. Prepare the Crust:
    • Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and salt. Press the mixture firmly into a 9×13-inch pan. Chill in the refrigerator to set.
  2. Make the Cream Cheese Filling:
    • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar to your preferred sweetness.
    • Gently fold in Cool Whip until combined.
    • Spread evenly over the chilled crust.
  3. Layer the Fruit:
    • Arrange the sliced bananas, strawberries, and crushed pineapple over the cream cheese layer.
  4. Top and Garnish:
    • Cover the fruit layer with an additional layer of Cool Whip.
    • Sprinkle chopped peanuts, drizzle with chocolate syrup, and add rainbow sprinkles.
    • Top with maraschino cherries for the classic banana split look.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Refrigerate the dessert for 4-6 hours, or until set, to allow the flavors to meld and the dessert to firm up.


  • Consider pre-baking the graham cracker crust for 8-10 minutes at 350°F (175°C) for a firmer base.
  • Customize the fruit toppings according to your taste or what’s in season.
  • Add the final toppings just before serving to ensure the bananas don’t brown and the dessert looks fresh.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Chill Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-15

Category: Dessert

Method: No-Bake

Cuisine: American

Diet: Vegetarian


The No Bake Banana Split Dessert is a fabulous choice for anyone looking to enjoy the iconic flavors of a banana split without the hassle of baking. It’s a wonderful addition to any summer party, barbecue, or family gathering, providing a cool, creamy, and utterly delicious finale to your meal. Enjoy the ease of preparation and the joy of serving up a slice of summer’s sweetness!

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