Individual No-Bake Banana Split “Cakes”

 Individual No Bake Banana Split Cakes perfect for that party
I have been making a version of this cake for the past 20 years. However, I've always made it in a 9 x 13 pan. I finally decided to streamline the recipe and serve it in individual portions. Since this cake was always something I would normally make for a party, it just made more sense to put it together this way. It's so much easier to serve. And cuter too.

Nothing falls apart, it tastes great and believe it or not, it's not overly sweet. The oven also never goes on! 

This cake gets a walnut crust just because it tastes so much better...more complex. The crust does not need baking, chilling it in the refrigerator keeps it all intact. If you have a nut allergy you could make a graham cracker crust using the same method. It works too.

Individual No Bake Banana Split Cakes tapping down the crust
I bought this little wooden tamper originally to make mojitos. However, I rarely make mojitos but find I use this tool for so many baking and cooking projects. It worked especially well flattening the crusts in the bottom of the glasses.

Print Recipe

Individual No-Bake Banana Split

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: 12

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1-3/4 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Fillings:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained but reserve the juice
  • 4-5 bananas sliced into 96 sliced rounds
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 12 whole Maraschino cherries
  • walnut pieces for garnish

Directions

  • In a the bowl of a food processor, add walnuts and sugar. Process into crumbs. Add melted butter and process until smooth (will be wet). Divide walnut mixture evenly among twelve 8 oz plastic cups. Flatten crust on bottom with a tamper or the back of a spoon. Place in the refrigerator while you are making the fillings.
  • Beat together cream cheese and sugar until incorporated. Place mixture in a Ziploc bag and place in refrigerator until ready to use. (I put in a Ziploc bag so that I could just cut off the corner and pipe it in. Much easier this way.)
  • Drain pineapple juice into a bowl and toss juice with banana slices to keep them from browning. Set crushed pineapple aside.
  • Combine instant pudding mix and cold milk. Whisk for two minutes. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes until set.
  • Once everything is made and ready to go, remove cups with crust from the refrigerator. Pipe in cream cheese layer, dividing evenly among the cups. Place pineapple on top of the cream cheese layer, divide evenly. Add four slices of banana on top of the pineapple to each cup. Divide pudding evenly among all cups. Add another 4 slices of banana . Top with Cool Whip, a Maraschino cherry and walnuts.
  • Refrigerate 3-4 hours before serving.

Individual No Bake Banana Split Cakes
Perfect for all your summer entertaining!

One Year Ago: Roast Pork Tenderloin with Thyme Scented Plums
Four Years Ago: Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Five Years Ago: Potty Talk

Post a Comment

41 Comments and 20 Replies

  1. With the current heat wave in New England these no oven banana split cakes sound awesome!! I love that they come in individuals cups.

  2. Karen Burkitt 3

    Looks great, but missing one key ingredient for a banana split – chocolate! You could drizzle some chocolate syrup over the top and then add the nuts.

  3. YUM! I definitely need one of those little wooden tools you have – I can think of a ton of uses for it already! :)

  4. These are so cute and perfect! What a fun idea!

  5. I looooove banana so this is totally happening!!

  6. I love the grab and go dessert idea. Very clever!

  7. I love these. My kids would love these too. And no bake anything works for me in HOT Vegas right now!!

  8. How incredible are these! I tell ya, banana splits bring me back. My Dad used to make them for me after dinner sometimes as a kid… I don’t think I’ve had one since then! Time to change that. Lovely recipe, Cathy!

  9. I love individual cakes like this, it makes it easier for me not to eat 6x of them. These look great!

  10. Jeff Meulemans 19

    Missing chocolate and strawberries. I would definately add some of each. Great inspiration though!

  11. looks like you have a lot of cups of banana split cakes on your hands. I’ll be right over to take most of those home with me haha. YUM!!

  12. NaturesComplete 22

    These look yummy. I also checked out your merchandise. I love the design of your coffee mug. I may have to get one for my desk here at work. :)

  13. this is a fantastic idea! desserts in single sizes like these are always so fun!

  14. I am definitely looking for easy no bake desserts since it is so hot outside right now. And cute individual desserts always catch my attention. Yum!

  15. Yum! My husband is a huge banana fan. He eats one a day. He would be over the moon if I made these!

  16. SInce I’m not much of a baker – I adore no bake desserts and these look amazing. I also like individual servings – they’re cute, elegant, and no mess! Love these, Cathy!

  17. leslie 32

    Oh my these sound sooooo good and soooo easy Cathy!

  18. Laura 34

    This dessert looks so creamy and refreshing and the no bake is a huge plus! Can’t wait to make these with my kids!

  19. Suuuuuch a cute idea, Cathy! Love the fact that they’re mini individual banana split cakes.. which means I can eat more ;)

  20. Pam 36

    What a terrific idea Cathy! My kids would dig into these tasty treats happily.

  21. Okay, I love the individual portions. And that walnut crust? TO DIE FOR. Pinned!

  22. Alisa 38

    This is so cute! I love the idea of individual servings. Maybe not because I’m having a party, but the individual servings will prevent me from eating the whole thing all at once!

    I think that I’d probably forego the Cool Whip due to all of the bad stuff in Cool Whip, but make my own whipped cream, and then top with mascerated strawberries and drizzle with chocolate. Perfect!

    Thanks so much for providing the recipe and inspiration!

  23. Yum! I love no-bake things, especially in this freaking heat wave! These look sooo good :)

  24. How fun! I’m all about no-bake this summer!

  25. Looks like the perfect little dessert for these hot Summer days!

  26. Oh Cathy!! These just look amazing! I want one of those cups right now!!!

  27. Marilyn 44

    Great idea, but I would use peanuts or my favorite cashews instead of walnuts, and add a layer of strawberries to it, and chocolate curls on top. It is too hot in Kentucky to use our ovens. Thank you for the great recipe.

  28. I love this idea. In fact, I’m bookmarking it for Teacher Appreciation Week for next year. I always get asked to do the dessert for their luncheon and wind up searching for individual desserts for a crowd. This is just the thing!

  29. Mary 47

    these look great but, it’s not ‘cake’…..you might want to switch the name to banana split parfait…..

  30. Janice Hill 50

    I love this, it looks so yummy.

  31. Such a sweet idea, Cathy! I love taking nostalgic family favorite recipes and putting a twist on them. This is the perfect way to make this summery (or anytime) dessert more fun for a party for everyone!

  32. katie 52

    These look so good! I love the idea of the no-bake dessert!

  33. Well, I just love an perfectly portioned treat, just for me! These look incredible. :)

  34. Fabulous-ness! Fun for easy summer entertaining, Cathy!

  35. These look so amazing! I can’t stand it!

  36. I’m totally addicted to this flavor combination. We do banana pudding regularly, but the layers of your cake are so beautiful – a great idea for a party.

  37. we are drooling over those amazing cups of our favorite dessert, oh love everything about your banana splits especially the cherries on top :-)

  38. Maegan @ The BakerMama 58

    Super cute! I love how you used plastic cups which makes them even more perfect for a party! No way I could eat just one!

  39. I LOVE this recipe. I grew up on it. And now you’ve made it in individual portions! Hooray!

  40. The serving does look cuter. And I can’t believe it is that easy to make.

  41. Anne from Olympia 61

    These were a BIG hit! Great part: they are made ahead and everyone loves their own presentation (used wine glasses for adult dinner). These are like a banana cream pie only much better and easier to make. When you whip these our of your refrigerator everyone is excited at seeing them. Yum. I’ll bet a variation of adding some crushed pretzels to the crust would be good.

    Thanks, Cathy, for another great recipe!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>