banana split dessert salad

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This banana split dessert salad is one of the most popular recipes on the blog – and it’s easy to make too! I love Ice cream and I love Desserts, so banana split dessert salad is the perfect recipe for me. This dessert is prepared by using the easy steps and with good choice of ingredients to add flavor to it.

BANANA SPLIT FLUFF SALAD

The best Banana Split Fluff Salad is an easy dessert salad that is loaded with all your favorite banana split toppings. Stir everything into one bowl, and it is ready to go.

Bring a bowl of this easy fruit salad and a Banana Split Cake to your next picnic and watch everyone devour the sweet goodness.

DESSERT SALAD

Now this is how I like to eat my salad. Anything loaded with fruit, nuts, marshmallows, and chocolate has to be a good thing.  Yes, you read that right.  This ambrosia salad recipe has chocolate in it. You can totally leave them out if you can’t do a “salad” with chocolate in it.

Now I know what you are thinking.  There is no way this creamy fluff salad recipe should be called a salad because it does not contain green leafy vegetables.

Well, technically this is more like a dessert because it has pudding and marshmallows in it.  But hey, I like to call it fruit salad dessert because then I can eat a second helping without feeling too much guilt.  

My mother-in-law makes a pistachio fluff salad that I absolutely love.  You probably have had this same watergate salad at church potlucks or barbecues because a Jello salad and ambrosia salad have been staples at church functions for years.

Any time anyone shows up with a Cool Whip fruit salad of any kind, it is always one of the first things to disappear.

The other day I was totally craving an easy fluff salad!  Ever since I made this Banana Split Brownie Pie, I am always looking for ways to turn things into banana split desserts because that’s a flavor I will never tire of!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

This fluff salad has all the classic banana split flavors in one bowl. Mix it all in one bowl and serve.

  • Crushed Pineapple – do not drain the liquid
  • Banana Pudding – very important that you get the instant pudding mix
  • Cool Whip – gives it the fluffy texture. You can also use 3 cups of this Homemade Whipped Cream recipe.
  • Toppings – walnuts, mini chocolate chips, cherries, marshmallows, sliced bananas

HOW TO MAKE BANANA SPLIT FLUFF

  1. Stir the pudding into the pineapple in a large mixing bowl.  Do not drain the can of pineapple because the juice will help the pudding thicken up.
  2. Fold in an entire container of thawed Cool Whip into the pudding with a spatula.
  3. Gently stir in marshmallows, chopped walnuts, banana slices, mini chocolate chips, and maraschino cherries. Feel free to change up the banana split toppings to include the ones you like or don’t like.
  4. Refrigerate the dessert salad for at least an hour because the flavors need time to thicken and meld together.  This also gives the marshmallows time to soften and become soft fluffy bites.

BruCrew Tip: If you are serving this banana split fluff later in the day or even the next day, I recommend stirring the bananas into it right before serving.  This just keeps the bananas from getting brown and mushy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN YOU USE A DIFFERENT FLAVOR OF PUDDING?

Yes, you sure can. Vanilla or french vanilla pudding would taste great.

CAN YOU MAKE THIS DESSERT SALAD AHEAD OF TIME?

This fluff salad dessert is best served the day you make it. It can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time, but do not stir the banana slices into it until right before you serve it.

Banana Split Dessert Salad

This delicious dessert salad is so good and simple to make. It has an array of different textures and flavors. You get bursts of fresh fruit with the crunchiness of chocolate chips, and walnuts or pecans. It is packed with flavor and perfect for any occasion.

KEY INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

Instant Pudding: Use banana cream along with fresh bananas to create that smooth and thick texture.

Fruit: To add more flavor and texture, you will need pineapple with the juice, maraschino cherries, and strawberries.

Add-ins: Use marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and either pecans or walnuts to give more texture and flavor.

Whipped Topping: This is great for the consistency of the dessert. It helps make it super creamy and smooth.

HOW TO MAKE BANANA SPLIT FLUFF

Step 1. Put the instant pudding and crushed pineapple into a large bowl and combine. Put in the cherries, strawberries, marshmallows, nuts, chocolate chips, and bananas and combine again until fully incorporated. Add in half of the whipped topping and use a spatula to fold and combine. Put in the rest of the topping and combine again.

Step 2. Allow the mixture to chill for 2 hours in the fridge. Top with your choice of garnishes. I like to add nuts, chocolate chips, and cherries.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH BANANA SPLIT FLUFF?

You can serve this dip on a buffet of dessert dips if you would like. If you want some great choices for dippers, check out this list:

  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Cookies
  • Nilla Wafers

WHAT GIVES BANANA SPLIT FLUFF ITS FLAVOR?

A banana split is a dessert with many different flavors clashing together. This recipe uses fresh fruit like bananas and instant pudding to give it its fruity flavor and uses chocolate chips and other add-ins to make a similar banana split flavor.

Banana Split Fluff Tastes Like The Ice Cream Shop Classic In Every Yummy Spoonful

The two most dreaded words of winter are being thrown around here in the Midwest—Polar Vortex. Looking at our forecast over the next week we are going to be lucky to get out of the teens for highs and our lows are single digits for too many days in a row. Brrrrrrrrrr!!!! Doesn’t really sound like ice cream weather, does it? But what if I told you you can have all the same flavors as a classic banana split in a new fun, delicious sweet treat, no ice cream required? All the same flavors you ask? Yep. Pineapple, cherries, banana, nuts and chocolate syrup in every single bite. My Banana Split Fluff comes together in no time, is a great one for the kids to help with and will make you look like a genius come dessert time!

This super simple fluff “salad” will literally sit in the fridge to set longer than it will take you to mix it up. It’s perfect for those days when you need dessert waiting on you!

What is fluff salad?

Let’s talk too for a minute about the “salad” aspect of these fluff recipes. We have called them salads in our family for years, thanks to my grandma, but I’m not sure what the true reason why they ever got that label is. Maybe because most of them contain fruit? For us, we love calling them a salad because certain ones can be then served as a side dish, and technically you can still have dessert too! However, in the case of this banana split variety, it’s definitely something you want to wait until the end of the meal for.

How to Make Banana Split Fluff

Begin by mixing the pudding mix and crushed pineapple together. Make sure you are using the dry pudding mix, ignoring the directions on the box, and do not drain the pineapple. You want all that juice, for a couple reasons. One, it is the moisture for the pudding mix, and two, the acid in the juice will help keep the bananas from browning too quickly.

Make sure your cherries are drained VERY well. You don’t want any extra moisture in the fluff. You can even dab them dry with a paper towel to help.

Next, fold in the Cool Whip, chopped nuts, marshmallows and halved cherries. Don’t worry if your mixture looks a little “soupy” at this point. It will set up in the fridge as it chills. Wondering where the bananas are? You will add those just before serving so they don’t get too soft. That’s when you will drizzle the chocolate sauce on top too!

  • 20minDURATION
  • 20minCOOK TIME
  • 6-8SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-oz) box instant banana cream pudding
  • 1 (20-oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (8-oz) tub Cool Whip
  • 1 (16-oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved- save a couple whole for garnish
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, reserve a few for garnish
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • chocolate syrup

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine dry pudding mix and undrained pineapple.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Fold in Cool Whip, walnuts, marshmallows and cherries.
  4. Chill for 2 hours.
  5. Fold in bananas.
  6. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with extra walnuts and cherries.

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