Banana Split Dessert

These No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars just might be the best dessert. Delicious rich cheesecake with no oven needed, and topped with all the fruit, chocolate, and whipped cream!

If you love our banana split pie, today’s dessert will be right up your alley! For a unique treat, try our banana split fudge. The flavors will make you feel like you’re on vacation!

Slice of banana split dessert drizzled with chocolate syrup.

A Banana Split Style Dessert

No matter how much you love them, serving real banana splits at a party or gathering isn’t always practical.

These no-bake banana split cheesecake bars have all the decadence of a banana split sundae without the potential sticky mess of melting ice cream.

  • It’s a banana split meets no bake cheesecake bar!
  • Easy no-bake recipe that’s perfect for summer.
  • Perfect cream cheese filling topped with bananas, strawberries, nuts and pineapple.
  • A drizzle of chocolate syrup and cherry on top sends these bars over the top!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients needed to make banana split dessert.

We love the simplicity of the ingredients for today’s no bake banana split bars.

  • Graham cracker crust is homemade with graham cracker crumbs, butter and pecans.
  • Cream cheese forms the base for the cheesecake filling. Use blocks of real, full fat cream cheese for best results.
  • Sweetened condensed milk sweetens the cream cheese and gives the cheesecake center a soft but sliceable consistency.
  • Lemon juice adds a zesty tang to the sweet cheesecake!
  • Cool whip is beaten with the cream cheese and condensed milk to make the cheesecake fluffier and creamier. You can use my homemade stabilized whipped cream if you prefer.
  • Fruit: Sliced banana and strawberries are a must. We also added crushed canned pineapple.
  • Toppings: We topped these banana split bars with chopped pecans (learn how to toast pecans), chocolate syrup and maraschino cherry halves just before serving.

How to Make Banana Cheesecake Bars

Step by step phootos showing how to make graham cracker crust.
  • Make the Crust. Press it in the 13×9 baking dish.
  • We’ve added pecans to give a salty texture to our crust.
Step by step photos showing how to make cheesecake filling.
  • Beat the filling.
  • Pour the cheesecake layer over the crust. Use the back of a spoon to spread the mixture evenly over the whole graham cracker layer.
Step by step photos showing how to top banana split bars.
  • Add fruit and cool whip. Arrange the sliced bananas, drained pineapple and strawberry slices over the cheesecake layer. Now spread cool whip over the fruit.
  • Chill. Refrigerate the cheesecake bars for at least four hours.
  • Add final toppings. Once the cheesecake layer is set, it’s time to add the toppings! Sprinkle chopped nuts, chocolate chips and maraschino cherries over the bars.

Finally, drizzle them with 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup before slicing and serving!

Tips and Tricks

Once you learn how to make no bake banana split cheesecake bars, it’s easy to customize them with different toppings.

  • Swap the pecans for chopped peanuts or almonds.
  • Replace half–or all–of the chocolate syrup with caramel or butterscotch sundae syrup instead.
  • Use fresh pineapple in place of canned.
  • Try chocolate sprinkles on top in place of the chocolate chips!

Whatever toppings you love on your banana split will be delicious on these cheesecake bars!

Banana split bars topped with chocolate and cherries and a bite taken out.

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Banana Split Dessert Recipe

4.80 from 5 votes
By: Aimee
These No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars just might be the best dessert. Delicious rich cheesecake with no oven needed, and topped with all the fruit, chocolate, and whipped cream!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 16 bars


For the crust:

  • 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs about 15 full crackers
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted

For the Filling:

  • 3 packages cream cheese, softened 8 ounce each
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounce
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounce Cool Whip thawed

For the toppings:

  • 1 can Crushed Pineapple, drained 12 ounce
  • 3 large bananas sliced
  • 8 ounce strawberries sliced
  • 8 ounce Cool Whip thawed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • 8 maraschino cherries halved
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
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  • For the crust, combine graham crackers and pecans in food processor. Process until crumbs. Add melted butter. Press into bottom of 13×9 baking dish.
  • For the filling, beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice for 3-5 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Fold in 8oz Cool Whip. Pour over graham crust.
  • Top with drained pineapple, sliced bananas and strawberries. Spread Cool Whip over berries.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Top with cherries and drizzle with chocolate syrup. ENJOY.


  • Swap the pecans for chopped peanuts or almonds.
  • Replace half–or all–of the chocolate syrup with caramel or butterscotch sundae syrup instead.
  • Use fresh pineapple in place of canned.
  • Store banana split bars for 3 days in refrigerator. Or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Make in advance! These banana split dessert bars are perfect to make the day before.
  • Try chocolate sprinkles on top in place of the chocolate chips!


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 316kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 108mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 21g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
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Banana Split Cheesecake Bars are layered with decadent sundae toppings with a nutty graham cracker crust! No one will suspect just how easy it is to make this impressive no-bake dessert.



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Posted on July 3, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. I love the switch up of pecans, sounds divine!! And yes more lettuce for me too… oh the horror!

  2. While I’m not the biggest fan of banana split’s original form, these cheesecake bars look incredible! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many takes on the banana split before, and some of these just look too good to pass up. I’ll have to give these a try!

    1. Thanks Alexis. The cheesecake bars are truly delicious. I guarantee you will love them…if not I will gladly take them off your hands 😉

  3. Haha, I’m with you on the needing to eat more lettuce thing! I love banana splits, too – these look amazing!

  4. I love everything about this recipe, the crust, the cheesecake, the banana. Yum! Pinning to try soon.

  5. I’ve enjoyed your banana split posts! You’ve made me realize I liked them more than I thought I did! Pinned!

  6. There is so much goodness going on here that I am pretty sure my taste buds just fell off my head. And, no bake? I am going to marry you. Pinned!

  7. Oh my goodness this looks so good, and the chocolate and nuts really top it off 🙂 The best part is you don’t have to bake!

  8. Having a new favorite dessert all the time is “side effect” of blogging right?! This looks amazing!

  9. Just a note to say thank you for this recipe. Made it for July 4and it made my husbands number one dessert. He wants it for breakfast and lunch today also. A big hit at our home.

  10. I love banana split desserts, and these are calling my name! Hope you have a wonderful Fourth, Aimee! 🙂

  11. mmmm, this looks SO wonderful! and uhm. I should probably get on that whole “eating lettuce” thing too…

  12. Oooohh, I’m loving banana split week!! This looks insane and deliciuos, and I love that it is NO BAKE!! Pinned 🙂

  13. Hahaha! Sorry to disappoint ya babe…but I win. No bake cheesecake…and OREO! Booyah!!! 😉 I mean I like pineapple and all, but chocolate beats fruit every time! Ha! But seriously, this is one awesome looking no bake. For realsies!

    1. What? This is my blog, you totally don’t win. LOL!!! But yes, OREO is a good thing!

      1. Fine. I’ll call a truce and just say it is a tie. No bake cheesecake vs. no bake cheesecake. Point both teams 😉

  14. I get the competitive thing. You and Jocelyn can duke it out this week for best banana split ideas!
    But I gotta say, cheesecake will always be a favorite! These are beautiful!

    1. Hmmm, I’m going to have to show her this message…basically you’re saying, I win, right? hehe!!

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