no-bake banana split cake

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No-Bake Banana Split Cake has all the fabulous flavors you’d expect from a scrumptiously melty banana split sundae, all in an easy to prepare no-bake dessert. Complete with maraschino cherries on top of course, because it wouldn’t be a banana split without a cherry on top!

To people who know me well, this confession will come as no surprise. I am a choco-holic.

Yes, that’s right. I fully admit that I am a 100%-confirmed, no-denying-it choco-holic. I have to have a bit of the stuff every day. Every. single. day. … or I can tell I haven’t. And probably so can the people around me.

So imagine my surprise when I found something that didn’t taste better with chocolate! I mean, all things sweet {and even some savory} taste better with chocolate, right?

Wrong!

Because this No-Bake Banana Split Cake, in my humble opinion, decidedly does not taste better with chocolate. At least not with the kind of chocolate I tried, anyway.

Ingredients
For the crust
2 cups graham cracker, crumbled
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
Filling
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces Cool Whip
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Toppings
3 to 4 bananas, sliced (as many as you need to cover the baking dish)
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well
20 ounces strawberries, sliced
8 ounces Cool Whip
1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
chocolate sauce

Directions
1. The first step is to crush the graham crackers. Mix in butter and a dash of salt with the crushed graham crackers to complete the crust.
2. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and pat the mixture down onto it, letting it cool down in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
3. For the topping, whip together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Once it’s well combined, add the Cool Whip using a rubber spatula. Spread the topping over your crust.
4. Now, layer your dish with banana slices. Spread a can of crushed pineapple over the bananas and, finally, add a layer of sliced strawberries.
5. For the finale, top the dish with Cool Whip and melted chocolate drizzle. You can also add nuts and maraschino cherries if you desire. Chill for at least four hours before serving or leave in the fridge overnight.
Cut a slice and enjoy!
Pro tip: The toppings in this recipe aren’t set in stone. This versatile dessert doesn’t really call for any fruit type in particular, so feel free to substitute for your favorites or be even bolder and add a layer of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips… Whatever floats your boat!
Source : allrecipes.com

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