A delicious no bake banana split cake cheesecake that looks and tastes spectacular! You can make a large pan of this low carb dessert for parties.
Most people have memories associated with certain foods. For as long as I can remember, I have always looked forward to sweet treats in my life.
You have probably noticed that I have a lot of desserts on this blog. As you can see, you don’t have to give up sweets when you move to a low carb way of eating.
However, after years of being away from sugar, I don’t like really sweet foods so my sweet tooth has weakened and the desserts that I make now are much less sweet than what I used to enjoy on a high carb diet.
One dessert that brings back memories for me is a no bake banana split cake cheesecake. I may be dating myself, but I used to be a software engineer in our company’s IT department in the late 1990’s and worked there until the late 2000’s.
It was the job I was doing when I first discovered the benefits of a low carb diet. The secretary of that department, Karon, would bring in her famous no bake cake every month to celebrate all the birthdays of the month. I used to look forward to each month when it was time for her to put out the cake!
The no bake banana split cake cheesecake Karon brought in was more of a no bake cheesecake rather than a traditional birthday cake. Everyone loved it and it was a great way to bring smiles into the work day.
We were just one part of a much larger corporate IT group and one year, an IT Department cookbook was published with all the favorite recipes submitted by employees of the entire department which spanned several states. Karon, of course, submitted her banana split cake.
I’ve modified Karon’s original recipe a bit to bring the carbs down. This is my version of the monthly monthly birthday cake that was shared!
Karon’s cake always had a crumbly graham cracker crust. I modified it to be more of a standard cheesecake crust made with low carb almond flour instead of the crackers.
In her recipe, Karon says that the recipe calls for 8 ounces of cream cheese, but she sometimes doubles that to 16 ounces. Since cream cheese is the best and adds a lot of fat, I used the higher amount.
The original recipe used canned pineapples and canned pie filling. Karon would change up the cake each month with a different fruit filling.
She would typically use either strawberry, raspberry or blueberry pie filling. I prefer fresh fruit so I used strawberries. You could use another fresh low carb berry instead.
Karon’s no bake banana split cake cheesecake was topped with a whole container of Cool Whip. Although low carb, I’m not a fan of the ingredients in Cool Whip, so I used a stabilized whipped cream recipe in place of the non-dairy whipped cream.
Toppings can be whatever you desire. You could sprinkle some berries over the whipped cream, drizzle your favorite sauce, and add some chopped nuts.
I went with chopped walnuts and low carb chocolate syrup. This treat is really filling, so you don’t need a big piece. I provided nutrition values for cutting the cake into 20 pieces, but you can easily get many more slices.
I know bananas aren’t low carb. But, I did use only one small banana cut into small pieces to scatter about.
If you’d like to cut back on the carbs, you can certainly omit the banana and add a banana extract to the cream cheese filling. However, I think the real banana was worth those few extra carbs and I got a little extra potassium.
Low Carb No Bake Banana Split Cake Cheesecake
No Bake Banana Split Cake Cheesecake
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup low carb sweetener add more if needed
- 1 cup butter melted
- 2 pints strawberries sliced
- 1 banana chopped (can be left out and banana extract added to filling)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grass-fed gelatin
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons low carb sweetener
- Nuts optional
- Chocolate Sauce optional
Cover bottom of 9x13-inch pan with crust ingredients and press into crust
Mix cream cheese and confectioner's sweetener and add melted butter until smooth.
Spread on top of crust.
Mix strawberries and banana in medium bowl with lemon juice.
Spread strawberries and banana mixture over cream cheese mixture.
Make stabilized whipped cream softening gelatin in water and then pouring it into the heavy cream along with vanilla extract and sweetener at the end of beating into whipped cream. Cover top with whipped cream mixture.
Top with chopped nuts and chocolate sauce if desired.
Makes 20 servings
Nutrition per servings: 4.9g net carbs, 4.5g erythritol