The Best Banana Split Fluff Salad is an easy ambrosia salad that is loaded with all your favorite banana split toppings. Stir everything into one bowl, and it is ready to go.
Bring a bowl of the best fruit salad and a Banana Split Bundt Cake to your next picnic and watch everyone devour the sweet goodness.
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Now this is how I like to eat my salad. Anything loaded with fruit, nuts, marshmallows, and chocolate has to be a good thing. Yes, you read that right. This ambrosia salad recipe has chocolate in it. Oh, yeah!
By the way, if you love chocolate, you definitely need to check out this Rocky Road Fluff Salad! It’s a dream dessert for chocolate lovers!
Now I know what you are thinking. There is no way a bowl of creamy goodness should be called a salad because it does not have the normal and typical salad ingredients.
Well, technically this is more like a dessert because it has pudding and marshmallows in it. But hey, I like to call it fruit salad because then I can eat a second helping without feeling too much guilt.
My mother-in-law makes a pistachio fluff salad that I absolutely love. You probably have had this same green fluff salad at church potlucks or barbecues because that’s always where I end up eating it too.
Jello salad and ambrosia salad have been staple desserts over the years at the many church functions we have been to. This S’mores Cheesecake Fluff Salad always disappears in a hurry when we bring a big bowl of it to any event!
The other day I was totally craving one of these easy fluff salads! But since this is me we are talking about, you know I got a wild and crazy idea to change it up some!
Ever since I made this Banana Split Brownie Pie, I am always looking for ways to turn things into banana split desserts because that’s a flavor I will never tire of!
I started rummaging in one of my dessert cupboards trying to find some fun ingredients that needed used up. Banana pudding, walnuts, and marshmallows were all shoved in there together, so I pulled those out.
As soon as I saw them, I headed over to cupboard number two for some chocolate chips, cherries, and crushed pineapple. All the classic banana split flavors were about to happen in this easy ambrosia salad.
We won’t talk about how many cupboards my baking stuff has taken over because I’m ignoring that fact right now.
Lucky for me, the bananas on our counter were still bright yellow, so I grabbed a few of those to include in the fluff salad. We go through so many bananas in our house, so it varies what color the bananas are going to be.
Ripe bananas meant this banana split fluff could happen right away.
Some days those bananas are green, some days yellow, and then some days the brown ones sit there until I the urge to make a batch of these yummy Double Chocolate Banana Muffins.
How to make a Banana Split Fluff Salad:
Stir the pudding into the pineapple in a large mixing bowl. Do not drain the can of pineapple because the juice will help the pudding thicken up.
Fold in an entire container of Cool Whip with a spatula. Yes, I said Cool Whip. By now, you know I’m partial to that white stuff. We all like to eat it by the spoonfuls. Try a frozen scoop with peanut butter because it’s an amazing combo.
Gently stir in marshmallows, chopped walnuts, banana slices, mini chocolate chips, and maraschino cherries. Feel free to change up the banana split toppings to include the ones you like or don’t like.
Refrigerate the dessert salad for at least an hour because the flavors need time to thicken and meld together. Plus, this gives the marshmallows time to soften and become soft fluffy bites in your mouth.
Pro Tip: If you are serving this banana split dessert salad later in the day or even the next day, I would recommend stirring in the bananas right before serving it. This just keeps the bananas from getting all brown and mushy.
Creamy pudding, crunchy nuts & chocolate chips, and juicy fruit all in one bowl! Dang it, now I’m craving another bowl of this Banana Split Fluff Salad! Time to whip up another one very soon.
More easy no bake desserts:
These easy No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake Parfaits have layers of cookies and fruit in each cup. Easy little treat to bring to parties!
This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad is a fun and pretty dessert for spring and summer parties or picnics!
I love anything s’mores so this S’mores Eclair Cake is calling my name.
Easy Tiramisu is a fancy no bake dessert that will disappear in a hurry. Layers of creamy cheesecake and coffee soaked cookies will have everyone going back for more.
This No Bake Cherry Swiss Rolls Cake is so fun and easy to put together using snack cakes and cherry cheesecake.
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- 1 - 3.4 ounce box instant banana pudding
- 1 - 20 ounce can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
- 1 - 8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts + 2 Tablespoons for garnish
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips + 1 Tablespoon for garnish
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced
- 2 - 10 ounce jars maraschino cherries, halved and patted dry
- Stir together the dry pudding mix and pineapple until dissolved and thickened.
- Fold in the Cool Whip with a spatula.
- Gently stir in the marshmallows, nuts, chocolate chips, bananas, and cherries.
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour to chill. Makes about 8 cups salad.
*If you are making this fluff salad to serve later, stir the bananas in right before serving to keep them from getting brown and mushy.
**You can also dip the banana slices in lemon juice to keep them from browning too quickly, but it may add a slight lemon flavor to the dessert.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 1g