Classic Banana Split


Classic Banana Split – One of my family’s favorite weekend desserts that’s so fun and easy to make! Enjoy this banana split dessert by setting up your own ice cream sundae bar with lots of delicious toppings. So yummy!

banana split

Banana Split

Happy National Ice Cream Day (tomorrow)! One of my family’s favorite weekend desserts is making a banana split (or even going out and buying one), so you better believe we’ll be celebrating. ;) They’re so much cheaper to make at home though, so I usually try and have the ingredients stocked in the kitchen. Now I know you probably don’t need a recipe for a banana split because you can just add your favorite toppings, but I thought I’d share this classic banana split dessert in case you needed a quick dessert to make this weekend that doesn’t involve baking.


We love setting up an ice cream sundae bar and having friends over too. Makes for a fun night!

sundae toppings

David Evans Strickler, a pharmacist in Pennsylvania, invented the first banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904 also known as the ‘banana split.’

What goes into a banana split?

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a banana split, I’m going to show you how. It’s SO simple…maybe a little too simple. ;)

  1. Neapolitan ice cream – the classic split has one scoop of chocolate, one scoop of vanilla, and one scoop of strawberry.
  2. A banana split in half – I like to cut them in half again, so they’re easier to eat.
  3. Sauces on top – I like chocolate and caramel sauce (however chocolate, strawberry and pineapple are the original sauces)
  4. Crushed nuts
  5. Whipped cream
  6. Maraschino cherry on top

That’s the basics of a classic banana split. If you’re looking for more ideas for an ice cream sundae bar, below are some of our favorites.

banana split dessert

Sundae toppings

  • Hot fudge
  • Salted caramel 
  • Butterscotch topping
  • Melted peanut butter
  • Strawberry topping
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Candied nuts  (or regular)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sliced bananas
  • Chopped berries
  • Chocolate chips
  • Brownie pieces
  • Chopped Reese’s
  • M&M’s
  • Candy bar pieces
  • Crushed oreos
  • Waffle cone pieces
  • Coconut
  • Chopped pretzels
  • Sprinkles

I’d love to hear what your favorite toppings are. Comment below!

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banana split

Banana Split

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sundae toppings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 652 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

One of my family's favorite weekend desserts that's so fun and easy to make! Enjoy this dessert by setting up your own ice cream sundae bar with lots of delicious toppings. So yummy! 



  • 2 bananas (peeled & cut in half, then split in half again)
  • 6 scoops neapolitan ice cream (two scoops of chocolate, two scoops of vanilla, and two scoops of strawberry)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 4 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 2 maraschino cherries (with stems)
  • crushed nuts (optional)


  1. Place banana in bowl and put ice cream scoops in between the banana slices. Then assemble with all remaining toppings. Serve immediately and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts
Banana Split
Amount Per Serving
Calories 652 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 244mg 10%
Potassium 861mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 103g 34%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 69g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 19.4%
Vitamin C 13.9%
Calcium 27.9%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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13 comments on “Classic Banana Split”

  1. Looks soooo good! What a yummy dessert

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE banana splits! It’s the perfect summer treat, and it doesn’t have to be summer for me to want one. ;-) Thanks for sharing!

  3. There is nothing better than the classics! And I love that you served it in a bowl!

  4. Perfect way to serve the classic hard to beat dessert!

  5. This is the perfect summer treat! Love all the ideas for the sundae bar too! Load it up!

  6. It’s so fun to have everyone get to customize it to thier liking! I need to set this up for the weekend.

  7. I’ll take one please, that split is gorgeous!

  8. I am so excited that you shared how to make this. Just the other day I was wanting to make one, and realized I couldn’t even remember what goes on one! 
    LOVE a Your topping ideas! Thank you! 

  9. This is making me drool! Can’t wait to add this to my list!

  10. This looks so delicious and your pics are stunning!

  11. This sounds so refreshing for summer!

  12. Oh so yummy! My kids will surely love to try this!

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