Frozen Banana Split Dessert Recipe

This make-ahead Frozen Banana Split Dessert recipe is perfect for springtime or summertime potlucks, parties, showers, or gatherings! WATCH THE VIDEO!

Make-ahead Frozen Banana Split Dessert

For summer or your favorite holiday (Father’s Day this weekend), I love this classic Frozen Banana Split Dessert Recipe!

Frozen dessert recipe

It takes very little work to make ahead, freeze, and then pull from the freezer when you’re ready to serve.

Frozen desserts so easy for company!  You may like my Orange Creamsicle Freezer Dessert Recipe, or 5-ingredient Frozen Strawberry Royale Dessert, or Make-Ahead Frozen Berry Cobbler! YUM!

What kind of person do you want to be?

My goal in life is to be refreshing, a breath of fresh air, a light to those around me. You know those people who are bright and refreshing? You sense a different kind of light inside of them, that permeates the world around them? I want to be that.

You suddenly feel warm inside, you want to hug them, they feel like your new (or old) best friend. There’s a sparkle in their eyes – you just love them. Not in a romantic way, but in a true, heartfelt, longing to be close way, hoping that their warmth and love rubs off on you!

Cherishing friendships

One thing I’ve come to love, and cherish, especially in the last few months, is childhood friendships. The ones that bring the fondest memories, that no one can share with you now, or take away from you. These are the people who know you the best, and they love you anyway.

Banana Split Dessert

This past weekend, as I was cleaning through boxes in the garage, I came across photo albums from the early 1980’s. I quickly scanned a picture and texted it to my girlfriends. We had some fun banter going back and forth, but then it hit me … who can say, 35 years later, that you have all the cell numbers in your “contacts,” to text all the people in the photo? That is a sign of blessed friendships!

Our older friends see where we were, how we’ve grown, how far we’ve come. We open up, share, reminisce, reflect – we have stock. It’s like we bought stock years ago, and now we get to enjoy the dividends! I think of roommates, friendships—my life before my life now.

Do you ever reflect on the chapters of your life? Childhood, teen years, early adult years, married years, years with children … and now we’re moving to the next phase of our life.

Banana Split Dessert

One of my greatest memories, living with 2 special sisters (at different times) as roommates, also in the 80’s, was their mom, Marlys, who was very dear to me. She always stayed in touch, sent me cards, and even hosted a baby shower for me. I’ll never forget this dessert that she made at our son Elliot’s baby shower, Banana Split Dessert.

Banana Split Dessert ingredients

I’m sure you’ve tasted this over the years, though maybe not. It’s a popular “potluck” dish that has been around for years in probably every town! And it’s a good one!

Simple ingredients.

Banana Split Dessert - chocolate sauce

Homemade chocolate sauce.

Make and freeze.

Frozen Banana Split Dessert Recipe

Defrost and enjoy. We indulged, just a little, out by the pool on Mother’s Day, which was a warm day, so we had some melted chocolate.

But, oh, so delicious! Watch the VIDEO!

Banana Split Dessert

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Banana Split Dessert

Make-ahead Frozen Banana Split Dessert. Remove from freezer for 10 minutes; serve!
Prep Time20 mins
Servings: 12 -18


  • 3-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 cup butter melted
  • 4 to 5 medium bananas sliced
  • 1/2 gallon Neapolitan ice cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans  or walnuts
  • 1 cup 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream


  • In a small bowl, combine crumbs and melted butter. Set aside 1/2 cup; press remaining crumbs into a 15x10x 1-in. pan. Slice bananas width-wise, and layer over crust. Cut ice cream width-wise into ten slices; place over bananas. Spread edges of ice cream to cover banana slices, and form a smooth layer. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover and freeze until firm.
  • In a large saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Pour over ice cream; freeze until firm.
  • In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form; spread over chocolate layer. Top with reserved crumbs. Store in freezer (will keep for several weeks).
  • Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving.

More frozen desserts: Frozen Strawberry Squares Recipe [She Wears Many Hats], Frozen Hot Chocolate [Your Homebased Mom], and Frozen Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Dessert [RecipeGirl].

Make-ahead Frozen Banana Split Dessert Recipe

13 comments on “Frozen Banana Split Dessert Recipe”

  1. Oh man –  this looks perfect for all the Summer potluck parties coming up! 

  2. Potluck dishes like this one are my favorite. Saving this for my next family party!

  3. This is such a pretty cake- the perfect cake for summer parties!

  4. What a great summer treat! Love the use of the ice cream!

  5. Childhood friendships really are the most warm – there’s something about those friends you’ve collected over time that will always be just a phone call/text away no matter what. Especially the kind whose moms make desserts like this – YUM!

  6. Well how can I say “no” to something like this!?!

  7. LOVE these layers Sandy!

  8. So easy and i bet the taste is amazing!!!

  9. I know what I’m making this weekend!! Love! 

  10. I love this idea, banana split reimagined in a very fun way!

  11. This looks delicious and decadent!  Can’t wait to try it!

  12. oh yum! What a perfect summer dessert. Just pinned it!!!!

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