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No Cook Banana Split Cake

I can’t believe we’re already well into September! I’ve been saying my final goodbyes to peaches and tomatoes and am anxiously awaiting my formal introduction to apples and pumpkin. It’s so close I can already taste it.

But today, all I’m tasting is banana and pineapple. That’s right, people. Get excited. We’re talking banana split. This month’s recipe redux theme is no cook desserts in light of the raw food trend that’s sweetening up all kinds of treats.

This recipe was adapted by my Grandmother’s original recipe which used mucho butter and eggs. With all due respect to Grandma’s fine baking (love you Gram), I decided to lighten it up by substituting with Greek Yogurt.


No Cook Banana Split Cake


  • 2c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2c melted unsalted butter
  • 8oz Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2c confectioners sugar
  • 6 bananas, sliced, dipped in lemon juice
  • 20oz can crushed pineapple, drained (I used chopped pineapple and finely chopped via blender)
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 6oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4c finely chopped walnuts
  • 5 or so maraschino cherries, halved


  1. To make the crust, combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter so it crumbles easily. Press firmly into a 13x9in pan.
  2. Then combine the Plain Greek Yogurt and confectioners sugar for the filling that will go on top of the crust. Then top filling with bananas and pineapple.
  3. For the whipped cream, beat heavy cream until peaks. Then fold in the Vanilla Greek Yogurt.
  4. Top the cake with whipped cream, crushed walnuts and maraschino cherries.


I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. Kathy Trella-Newland

    I love your site! Congratulations on starting your own business & deciding who you want to be! I LOVE it!! Great service to people and helping us live healthier lives. This recepie caught my eye because my Mom (your great-Aunt MaryAnn) was a legendary baker and made bananna split cake. I think Aunt Lou got the original recepie from my Mom. I am going to try your version because the original recepie is waaaayyy too rich. Thank you for reminding me of her this morning. Love you, Kathy.

  2. what a great blast from the past! My grandma used to make this dessert too! Love that you gave it a healthy spin…now I can make it for my kids!

  3. A delicious sounding banana split, Kara!

  4. Nikki @ The kids menu

    Can’t go past a good banana split! yum

  5. Kara this cake looks delicious and a little decadent! Thanks for sharing!

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