These Banana Split Trifles are made with white cake, vanilla pudding, bananas, strawberries and pineapple. Topped with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry, they are the perfect summer treat!
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Banana Splits are one of the quintessential desserts of summer, and these easy trifles are one of my favorite way to do them up!
True, there’s no ice cream, but without the cream they are perfectly portable and great for picnics and barbecues!
I love making these in mason jars (large or small!) so that individual servings are ready to grab and go.
Ingredients and Substitutions:
- Vanilla cake mix: I’ll admit, I’m not much of a cake mix baker these days, but when I first published these in 2015 with a blog, a full time job, and a toddler, I took shortcuts where needed! Feel free to swap in a homemade vanilla cake that you love (or hey, even store bought!)
- Vanilla pudding: Taking a shortcut on the cake gives us more time to make homemade pudding, and it’s worth it! That being said, a vanilla pudding mix is an easy swap when needed.
- Fruit: there are a few different variations on the Banana Split, but I chose to use bananas, strawberries and pineapple for my added flavors here. Feel free to swap them out with another fruit (try raspberries in place of strawberries!), or add in some chocolate sauce for extra indulgence.
Can I make this in one large bowl?
Simply create your layers in a large glass trifle bowl or any large glass bowl will do.
You can even layer it up in a 9×13″ pan for easy serving if you wish!
Can I make them ahead?
Because the bananas brown quickly (even when brushed with lemon or pineapple juice), I prefer not to make them more than a few hours in advance.
There’s nothing wrong with eating brown bananas, so you can make it earlier, but they just won’t be as pretty.
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Banana Split Trifles
- 1 vanilla cake mix prepared according to package directions cooled and cubed
- 4 cups milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp corn starch
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp butter
- 4 cups fresh strawberries chopped
- 4 cups fresh pineapple chopped
- 4 bananas sliced
- 2-3 cups prepared whipped topping
- 8-10 cherries
To make vanilla pudding:
- In a large pot, bring milk to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring often (you don’t want the milk to scorch).
- In a medium bowl, combine sugar, corn starch, salt, and vanilla. When milk is nearly boiling, whisk in the sugar mixture and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in butter. The pudding will continue to thicken as it cools. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Layer trifle in this order: cake, bananas, pudding (cooled to room temperature), pineapple, strawberries.
- I like to do 2 layers of this, then top with whipped cream and cherries – you can obviously adjust to your tastes!
- Chill until ready to serve. You can store in the refrigerator for a couple days if you need to, but I wouldn’t leave it too long because you want your fruit as fresh as possible.
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So delicious!! I’m buying the ingredients tonight!!
The Recipe Rebel says
Hi Andie! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review!
Tammie Myers says
I need to know if I have to make the cake
Ashley Fehr says
If you don’t have a premade cake, you will have to make the cake 🙂
Norma Rigsby says
Can you use Instant pudding instead of the recipe you gave?
Ashley Fehr says
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Cake for lunch is definitely a fun perk of being a food blogger. Fun but dangerous. LOL! These are absolutely gorgeous!! There is something about that banana split flavor combo that I just adore too!!!
Haha, SO dangerous! Thankfully it doesn’t happen too often 🙂
Brenda Wheeler says
Everything looks so yummy on your page…I find myself drooling every time I visit!
Manali @ CookWithManali says
These are GORGEOUS! I’m drooling over all the yuminess in there!
My Kitchen Craze says
Man am I missing out. I’ve never made trifle before! This looks amazing Ashley!! I need to make these for lunch asap! Pinned!! 🙂
What?! You need to! I hear they are a perfectly balanced meal 😉
Annie @ Annie's Noms says
I LOVE these!!! So cute, colourful and packed with great stuff! I have to make these! 🙂
The Venus Family says
This got me salivating. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for the recipe.
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
These look so good Ash! Headed over to see the recipe now!