How To Make Banana Split


I really love banana split. It’s one of my favorite desserts. I often ask myself, “How to make banana split?” Usually banana split is served in restaurants and cafes. We can also purchase it at grocery stores. Of course, you can cook it by yourselves at home. That’s why I’d like to tell you how to make banana split now.

The Perfect Banana Split

The Perfect Banana Split

Prep:15 minsCook:0 minsTotal:15 minsServing:1 to 2 servingsYield:1 banana split

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)SAVE RECIPE

A classic banana split is a combination of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream served with a banana cut lengthwise and toppings like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. It was named as such because the banana is split in half and then the ice cream is nestled between the two pieces. You can tweak the original formula according to your tastes, using your favorite ice cream flavors (as long as they go nicely together) and switching out the toppings to make the dessert your own

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  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream
  • 1 scoop strawberry ice cream
  • Chocolate syrup, garnish
  • Marshmallow creme, garnish
  • Whipped cream, garnish
  • Chopped lightly toasted nuts, garnish
  • 3 maraschino cherries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.Ingredients for making a banana split
  2. Peel the banana and slice it in half lengthwise. Place the banana slices against the sides of a long, narrow, shallow dish.Banana sliced and placed in a narrow dish
  3. Place the scoops of ice cream in a row between the banana slices.Three scoops of ice cream between banana slices
  4. Squirt the chocolate syrup on the vanilla and strawberry ice cream.Chocolate syrup on vanilla and strawberry ice cream
  5. Spoon the marshmallow creme over the chocolate ice cream.Marshmallow creme drizzled over the chocolate ice cream
  6. Top everything with the whipped cream. Sprinkle it all with nuts and top each mound of ice cream with a cherry.Banana split topped with whipped cream, nuts, and cherries

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Banana Split

Ice Cream Banana Split on a banana boat dish

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Ice Cream Banana Split on a banana boat dish
Ice Cream Banana Split on a banana boat dish, ripe banana and pineapple on background

Nothing beats an old-fashioned banana split when it comes to making ice cream sundaes! This childhood favorite is also loved by many adults and for good reason; traditionally you get three types of ice cream, a banana, maraschino cherries and three different types of topping garnished with nuts!

With all of that deliciousness in one bowl can you blame anybody for eating this for dinner on a hot summer night? (we did!) You can also have chocolate ice cream sandwich cookies or an easy ice cream pie, we won’t tell!

Classic Ice Cream Banana Split

There are many different claims as to who invented the banana split sundae, but it is most popularly thought that it was created in 1904 by David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old pharmacist working at Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. This quintessential American ice cream treat took off instantly with the college crowd in the town – it’s said to have cost 10 cents when it first premiered! – and soon it was a hit nationwide 

Traditionally it was served in a banana boat bowl, and the one I own in these photos is an actual pressed glass vintage banana split bowl that my Grandma gifted me! I have a couple of sundae dishes from her as well. They are quite hard to find nowaways but there are new glass ones on Amazon  or you can buy disposable ones.

Personally I would hit up Ebay and buy myself a set of amazing vintage banana boat dishes to use and treasure over the years! I sadly broke the other one to this set and I’m going to find some more to match it myself.

Traditional Banana Split Ingredients

Banana splits nowadays can be almost any type of ice cream that you want for the three scoops, placed in a banana boat dish as shown in the photos below, with almost any sort of toppings followed by whipped cream, maraschino cherries and peanuts. However that’s not the traditional old-fashioned banana split ice cream sundae, so in order to build a real classic here’s what you need:

  • chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate syrup
  • vanilla ice cream topped with crushed sweetened pineapple
  • strawberry ice cream topped with strawberry compote or strawberry sauce
  • whipped cream
  • one banana
  • maraschino cherries
  • peanuts or walnuts

How to Make a Banana Split

it is really important to have your ingredients together and ready to go when making a banana split. I know this because I had to move like lightning to put this together and then take photos before it melted! To build your banana splits have everything ready to go on your counter and :

  1. Peel then slice a banana in half lengthwise. You don’t want to do this too far ahead of time or they will brown.
  2. Place one piece of the banana on each side of the banana boat dish.
  3. Place a scoop of vanilla, chocolate and then strawberry ice cream between the banana pieces as shown. Alternatively you can place the ice cream right on top of the banana slices, the choice is up to you.
  4. Place the crushed pineapple on top of the vanilla ice cream.
  5. Place the strawberry syrup or strawberry compote on top of the strawberry ice cream.
  6. Place chocolate syrup on top of the chocolate ice cream.
  7. Top each ice cream scoop with whipped cream.
  8. Place three maraschino cherries on top, one in each whipped cream pile.
  9. Sprinkle with peanuts or walnuts.
  10. Serve.

Banana Split

Banana Split-this classic ice cream dessert starts with a fresh banana, three scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), pineapple, chocolate syrup, and strawberries. Oh, and don’t forget the whipped cream, nuts, and maraschino cherries. Grab a spoon and dig in!

banana split

Are you ready for the ULTIMATE ice cream dessert? The king of all ice cream sundaes? I sure hope so because today we are making Banana Splits.

I love ordering a banana split when we go out for ice cream, but banana splits are easy to make at home and SO fun, especially during the summertime! Our boys love banana split nights and so do I!

Grab a spoon and get ready to dig in!

Classic Banana Split

Rumor has it that the banana split was created by David Strickler, who enjoyed inventing sundaes at Tassell Pharmacy’s soda fountain in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1904.

It was obviously a hit because the banana split is still a VERY popular dessert today. It is sold at ice cream shops all over and it is a favorite dessert to make at home.

how to make a banana split

Traditional Banana Split Ingredients

To make a traditional banana split ice cream sundae, you will need the following ingredients.

  • Banana- the star of the show!
  • Ice cream- a scoop of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry
  • Crushed pineapple or chopped fresh pineapple
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Strawberry sauce or chopped fresh strawberries
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries

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