Banana Split Ice-cream Cake

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Banana Split Ice-cream Cake
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Turn this ice-cream parlor staple into a make-ahead dessert that can feed (and please) a crowd.

What you'll need

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, plus 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 to 5 medium bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1-1/2 quarts strawberry ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) container nondairy whipped topping

How to make it

  1. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture, then press the remainder into the bottom of a 9- by 13-inch pan.

  2. Place the bananas in a single layer over the crust. Spread the softened ice cream on top and smooth. Sprinkle the nuts on the ice cream, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. In a large saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup butter and stir until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and evaporated milk. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until slightly thickened and smooth, about 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool the mixture, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture over the ice cream and freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.

  4. Spread the whipped topping over the chocolate layer and sprinkle with the reserved crumbs. Freeze for at least 3-1/2 hours. Remove the dish from the freezer 10 to 20 minutes before slicing. Serves 18.


    Nutritional Information
    Per serving (1/18 of recipe): Calories 398 ● Total Fat 22 g (34% DV) ● Saturated Fat 12 g (60% DV) ● Cholesterol 31 mg (10% DV) ● Sodium 193 mg (8% DV) ● Total Carbohydrate 43 g (14% DV) ● Fiber 2 g (9% DV) ● Sugars 29 g ● Protein 5 g (11% DV)


    Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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