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Wednesday 28 March 2018

Banana Split Dessert Recipe

Hello dear friends ~ I am sharing my aunt's recipe today. It's easy and delicious for a special occasion, a church supper, or just a special treat at home with your loved ones.

Banana Split Dessert

Spray a 9x13 pan with Pam.

2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter

Cream Cheese Layer
12 oz cream cheese, at room temp
1/4 cup sugar
8 oz Cool Whip

Fruit and Toppings
4 bananas
1- 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained well
20 strawberries, hulled and sliced
8 - 12 oz Cool Whip
1/2 cup crushed peanuts {optional}
Chocolate syrup 
Stemmed maraschino cheeries

 In a medium bowl, combine crumbs and melted butter, stirring till all of the crumbs are moistened. Dump the crumbs into the greased pan and press evenly. Refrigerate.

Mix together the cream cheese and sugar for three minutes until light and fluffy. Fold the Cool Whip into the cheese until combined then spread evenly over the graham crumb base.

Arrange banana slices in a single layer over the cheese filling 

and top with an even layer of drained crushed pineapple. 

Then add an even layer of sliced strawberries over the pineapple.

Cover with Cool Whip. Sprinkle with the crushed peanuts if using them and then drizzle with the chocolate syrup and top with the stemmed cherries. My aunt's original recipe called for cherry pie filling on top instead of the nuts, chocolate, and stemmed cherries. You may see a piece of it in my header above. But I opted to do the chocolate syrup and stemmed cherries. Either way the dessert is wonderful!

Refrigerate for at least five to six hours or overnight. Yield about fourteen servings.

A lovely desert with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!

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