Monday, February 1, 2010

Banana Split Dessert

Geeez....what a way to start off the week. I have been so busy today that I didn't even think I was going to get any time to hop on here at all and that would be a real bummer.

I managed though to squeeze in enough time to post this but I'll have to catch up with all my favorite blogs later. I would love to get some extra time to sit down and change my blog's background again too. I'm feeling the need for a spring theme or summer better yet. Bring on the SUMMERTIME!

As for the recipe I'm sharing today, well it was passed on to me from an Aunt a good many years ago. The original calls for eggs and I just can't do the raw egg thing so I have changed it around a bit.

For all of you dieters out there~ I don't see why you couldn't cut some fat and calories out by using some lower fat or fat free ingredients in this and then add a little will-power to the portion end of it. :o)

Banana Split Dessert

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter, melted
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 bananas, sliced in circles
20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained well
8 oz. Cool Whip
6 oz. maraschino cherries, drained
chopped nuts, optional

Heat oven to 350°.
Melt butter and mix it with the 1/2 cup sugar and graham cracker crumbs.
Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 13X9 baking dish.
Bake for 15 minutes at the 350°.
Remove from oven and let cool.
In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.
Spread over top of the crumb layer.
Place the banana slices on top of the cream cheese layer. *see note below*
Put the pineapple on top of the banana layer.
Spread Cool Whip over top.
Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and place cherries on top.
Refrigerate and ENJOY!

**To keep my bananas from turning brown so quickly I placed them in a lemon juice/water mixture for a few minutes and then drained them before placing them in the dessert.**
If you are wondering why one end of this dessert is minus the nuts it's because I have one little guy who doesn't like nuts so to keep him happy I leave one end plain.

Well it's almost dinnertime so I better get to the kitchen. I'm making a few *new* recipes today so if they pass my family's taste test then I'll share them with you later this week.

Till next time,


Carmen C. said...

LOL.....if I leave right now, ya think I could be there by dessert time????? That looks wonderful:)

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

OMG, I am drooling over here!!! That looks and sound delish. And who in their right mind would want to tinker with the ingredients to make it low fat??? They would have to be crazy! LOL! This one is going into my favorites file! Thanks for sharing!

The Old Cupboard Door said...

ohmygoodness, it looks and sounds yummylicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. My Sweetie has a big sweet tooth and I think this would do him in. Thanks for sharing it.


Rina ... also Chester or Daisysmum. said...

Oh that look so nice. Yummmy!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Now that is a truly great idea. That is going to my next potluck!!!

West Side of Straight said...

That looks so yummy, and I bet it could still be very good dieted up!
Would love to have you cooking for me. Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

I remember making this years ago.

(WV) Ohio

Susan Mills said...

I drizzled chocolate sauce on top to include all flavors of a banana split.