Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Frozen Banana Split Dessert

My mother in law had some friends come into town and we had them all over for supper one night. This was the dessert course, a recipe that I have had on the docket to try for a while... My middle son helped me to make it and he was so proud of himself!! It turned out awesome and was definitely a somewhat "lighter" dessert after the steaks we ate that the hubs pulled off the grill!!

Frozen Banana Split Dessert
(recipe found at www.bettycrocker.com)

2/3 cup crushed chocolate graham crackers (I ended up using the cinnamon graham crackers since my store didn't have the chocolate.)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 box (4 serving size) vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 1/4 cups fresh whole strawberries, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 1/4 cups 1/2" pieces fresh pineapple

Spray 8" square pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix crushed crackers and 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir in melted butter until crumbly and well blended. Press mixture into bottom of pan. Freeze about 10 minutes or until set. Feel free to double this part of the recipe - I did!! I mean, who doesn't love the graham cracker crust?? :)

Meanwhile, in 2 quart saucepan, mix pudding mix, 1/2 cup sugar and the milk with wire whisk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil. Cool 10 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Stir bananas into pudding. Fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping. Spread over crust. Freeze at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut into serving pieces; place on dessert plates. Top each piece with hot fudge topping, whipped topping, strawberries and pineapple. Serve immediately.

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