Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Banana Split Cake

This was one of my favorite desserts my Mom made for us while growing up. It was easily veganized. And includes more sugar and fat than I like to consume on a daily basis. It's sooo good.

Mix 2 cups of finely ground graham crackers and approximately 1/2 cups of melted Earth Balance together. Pat down on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.

In mixer, blend 2 cups powdered sugar and approx. 1 cup (I used more like 3/4.) Earth Balance. Spread this frosting-like mixture evenly over graham cracker layer. Cover with approximately 4 sliced bananas.

Spread evenly 1 can of well-drained pineapple or finely chopped fresh pineapple for next layer. Cover with finely chopped or ground nuts. (I used a mixture of walnuts and pecans.) This is the final product I put in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. It's totally eat-able at this point but will taste much better as the layers form together and chill. (In the olden days, whipped topping would also be added now, but Soyatoo doesn't hold that long.)

When you're ready to eat, spray on your Soyatoo or Rice Whip (or whatever whipped topping you prefer). Don't forget your cherry on top!

We use one of the brands at Whole Foods without red food dye. Since we have this jar now, my 6 year old son comes into the kitchen once or twice a day, smiling sweetly, "Can I have a cherry?"

I think it looks especially cute and festive in individual glasses.

Banana Split Cake
*2 cups finely ground graham crackers
(This time, I just broke up two Wholly Wholesome Graham Cracker Crusts.)
*1/2 cup melted Earth Balance
*2 cups organic powdered sugar
*approx. 1 cup Earth Balance, not melted
(You can play around with using less or also adding a little applesauce, which I've done.)
*4 big bananas, sliced
*1 can of well-drained crushed pineapple
or equivalent amount fresh, chopped
*enough chopped nuts to cover top to your liking
*whipped topping, like Soyatoo/Rice Whip or homemade

1st layer: Pat together graham crackers crumbs
and melted Earth Balance in 9 x 13 pan.
2nd layer: With mixer, blend powdered sugar and Earth Balance.
3rd layer: sliced bananas
4th layer: pineapple
5th layer: chopped nuts
6th layer: whipped topping, upon serving
7th layer: cherry on top!

10 thumbs up from here.


  1. I've never heard of this cake but I am intrigued. If only I could find some graham crackers that were GF, vegan, and soy-free. Guess I might have to make my own. I used to love those cherries too. Good to know there are some without dye.

  2. I've never had a banana split cake - but used to eat my weight in banana splits. I don't share ;-)

  3. Yum! That sounds really yummy and very easy to make. The individual one looks so beautiful! I just found where they keep the soyatoo (and i think they have another brand of vegan whipped topping) in Whole Foods. I'm intrigued but a little afraid, what are your thoughts on the flavor?

  4. Wow, what a treat! I've never seen anything like this. Sounds intense but I do love those cherries too!

  5. omg i am making this... the only thing i have a hard time finding (well i have yet to find some) is vegan gram crackers... i've seen the crusts you mention though.

  6. That looks friggin' delicious!!!!

  7. Looks really yummy! Awesome idea about using the graham cracker crusts! I can never find vegan graham crackers but I've found crusts!

  8. That's one crazy cake! It's the kind of cake that everyone but me would LOVE. But I take total responsibility for my weirdness, your kids are luckier than mine were!

  9. bitt, I would have guessed someone had made a gf graham cracker by now!

    Heather, you might not share this one either.

    Sarah, I definitely wouldn't start raving about Soyatoo/Rice Whip's flavor. It's not a bad taste to me at all; it's just kind of plain. I never encourage non-vegans to try it if I'm eating it around them. However, for me personally I do enjoy pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse, etc. more when I have it. It's the coldness and the texture I like more than the flavor.

  10. foodfeud, there are a couple of different natural maraschino cherry brands.

    amy and Stacey, i can only get graham crackers if i order them online. That's when the crusts come in handy. Thanks!

    Stacy, thanks! I think so!

    Andrea, crazy, huh? :) Is there one part of it that repels you or the combination?

  11. Yum, I'll bring the chocolate sauce!

    I can see how this would be a huge favorite. It's so pretty too!

  12. oh wow yum! This looks so good. Mmmmm- must try!

  13. Ho, I could eat two of these whole cakes. Word with Rose about chocolate sauce. My word, my tomorrow self is very glad this isn't in my kitchen right now. What I need is some kids that would give me an excuse for making stuff like this...

  14. That looks amazing, never seen or heard of banana split cake before buts its such a great idea. Sadly bananas are quite expensive here at the moment due to the floods so I will need to bookmark this for next year!

  15. I meant crazy in a good way. But there's too much margarine and sugar for me. Pretty cool, though.

  16. Add another 2 thumbs for me! This looks way too good--I can actually taste it by just looking at it :)

  17. this is awesome!! I have a recipe for a banana split cake in one of my ebooks but it is all raw....I bet this one is very similar to the original that I remember as a kid!!

  18. Oh how I totally forgot about banana splits!

  19. Rose & Zoa, I sort of forgot that I've made this before with chocolate sauce, too! Thanks for the reminder.

    Claire, thanks!

    K, oh, wow, that's an interesting fact about the bananas. Bananas are one of the cheapest things we eat here, and we go through them like crazy.

    Andrea, I hear what you're saying. :) Definitely not something I need to be eating every week, either. That's why I was trying to experiment with using less margarine and sugar. I'll try for even less next time.

    Cara, I agree; it's one of those desserts you can almost taste by looking.

    colorwheelmeals, ooo, I'd love to try your raw version!

    Get Skinny, Go Vegan, how on earth?!

  20. OMG..this sounds soooo good! A must make for sure!

  21. You are officially a 'Goddess'. No wonder Ryan keep impregnating you.

  22. This is great! My mom is coming this weekend and I am planning to make her something homemade. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  23. I hope it works out well for you!