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Banana Split Fluff

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This banana split fluff is packed with all the best flavors of the classic treat, such as whipped cream, bananas, and cherries, served in a delightful fluff salad form.
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  1. Banana Split Fluff Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Banana Split Fluff Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
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This recipe for banana split fluff is the perfect way to enjoy all the flavors of a classic banana split without all the fuss. This decadent dish is simple to make, loaded with bananas, pineapple, nuts, banana pudding-flavored whipped cream, and so many ice cream toppings.

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Banana Split Fluff Ingredients

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Banana split fluff is an absolute delight to the taste buds. With a pop of tropical sweetness, it douses your mouth with creamy banana goodness like you wouldn’t believe.

Its luscious texture delicately swirls together pudding, whipped cream, sweet bananas, and a hint of pineapple for a divine indulgent treat that will make your heart sing.

For this delightful concoction, you’ll need:

  • 1 (20-ounce) can of crushed pineapple in 100% juice, undrained
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package of banana cream instant pudding mix
  • 1½ cups mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup mixed nuts dessert topping (plus 3 tablespoons for optional garnish)
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 (8-ounce) container of Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar of maraschino cherries, stems removed, halved, and pat dry (plus extra whole cherries with stems for optional garnish)
  • 2 large (or 3 medium) ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • Canned whipped topping, optional topping
  • Chocolate syrup, optional drizzle garnish

Substitutions And Additions

NUTS: You can substitute chopped walnuts for the pre-chopped mixed nuts dessert topping.

CHERRIES: You can substitute chopped strawberries for the halved maraschino cherries in this delicious dessert.

WHIPPED TOPPING: If you would prefer to use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip in this easy fruit salad, check out our recipe here.

How To Make This Banana Split Fluff Recipe

Making this delicious dessert salad is as easy as combining the ingredients in the order listed below.

The pineapple juice and whipped cream combine with the dry pudding mix to thicken it up, and the rest of the ingredients add so many different textures for an experience that will have you coming back for more.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

To help slow the browning process of the bananas, you can brush or dip the banana slices in lemon juice. Keep in mind that it could throw the taste off slightly due to the sourness of the lemons.

STEP ONE: Add the crushed pineapple with the juice to a large bowl.

PRO TIP:

Don’t drain the pineapple. You’ll want to include the pineapple juice along with the crushed pineapple in this salad.

crushed pineapple juice mixed in a bowl

STEP TWO: Sprinkle the dry pudding mix over the pineapple. Stir until the pudding is dissolved.

instant pudding mix stirred in a bowl

STEP THREE: Fold in the mini marshmallows, mixed nuts, and mini chocolate chips.

mini marshmallows, mixed nuts and mini chocolate folded in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Fold in ½ of the whipped topping.

whipped topping added to the marshmallows mixture in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Add the halved cherries, sliced bananas, and the remaining whipped topping. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Spoon into individual servings and top with canned whipped topping. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, sprinkle with the reserved nuts, and top with the extra whole maraschino cherries.

PRO TIP:

For best results, make sure you give your banana split fluff at least 1 hour of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.

cherries, slice bananas and whipped topping added to the whipped topping mixture in a bowl

How To Serve

This banana split dessert is delicious served with your favorite banana split toppings. Try hot fudge and a maraschino cherry on top. Serve in a large bowl or even in individual bowls like our chocolate chip cookie cups.

Enjoy this dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to bring out the flavor and texture of this dessert. You could also pair it with fresh, juicy strawberries, tart raspberries, crunchy walnuts, or toasted coconut.

For even more fluff recipes, check out our cherry fluff and lemon fluff. Both are great ways to add a light dessert or side dish to your meal.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this fruit salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Keep in mind that bananas tend to brown very quickly.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this salad. The creamy texture would change once thawed.

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You’ll be eager for a second helping of this creamy no-bake banana split fluff dessert. The classic ice cream treat has been reimagined in a new way that will make a sure crowd-pleaser when you serve it at your next potluck.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this banana split fluff dessert recipe ahead of time?

It’s actually best to make this easy banana split fluff salad recipe ahead of time. It gives the salad time to let all the flavors mingle and combine together for an even tastier fluff salad.

Can I use a different flavor of pudding in this easy dessert salad?

This salad would be delicious with vanilla or French vanilla pudding.

How do I store this banana split fluff salad recipe?

This classic salad can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

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This banana split fluff is packed with all the best flavors of the classic treat, such as whipped cream, bananas, and cherries, served in a delightful fluff salad form.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple in 100% juice, undrained
  • 3.4 ounces banana cream instant pudding mix
  • cups mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup mixed nuts dessert topping
  • 3 tablespoons mixed nuts dessert topping, optional garnish
  • cup mini chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • 10 ounces maraschino cherries, (stems removed, halved, and pat dry, plus extra whole cherries with stems for optional garnish)
  • 2 large bananas, or medium peeled and sliced
  • Canned whipped topping, optional topping
  • Chocolate syrup, optional drizzle garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add the crushed pineapple with the juice to a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the instant pudding mix over the pineapple. Stir until the pudding is dissolved.
  • Fold in the mini marshmallows, mixed nuts, and mini chocolate chips.
  • Fold in ½ of the whipped topping.
  • Add the halved cherries, sliced bananas, and the remaining whipped topping. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Spoon into individual servings and top with canned whipped topping. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, sprinkle with the reserved nuts, and top with the extra whole maraschino cherries.

Notes

  • To help slow the browning process of the bananas, you can brush or dip the banana slices in lemon juice. Keep in mind that it could throw the taste off slightly due to the sourness of the lemons.
  • Don’t drain the pineapple. You’ll want to include the pineapple juice along with the crushed pineapple in this salad.
  • For best results, make sure you give your banana split fluff at least 1 hour of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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