Banana Split Dessert WW Style

At a cookout we had at work a few weeks ago, someone brought this dessert and it was amazing.  I decided that I wanted to make it for our Easter dinner tomorrow, but I want to lighten it up a bit since I’m doing WW.  I swapped out the cream cheese for fat free cream cheese, used lite cool whip instead of regular, Truvia instead of sugar, and sugar free chocolate syrup.   I’ll post a picture later, but wanted to go ahead and get the recipe posted to share with friends.

Here’s what I’ve put together:

No Bake Banana Split Dessert

Servings: 12 to 16 servings  Prep: 30 minutes Chilling time:  4 hours

12 servings = 7 points each or 16 servings = 5 points each

For the Crust:

  • 16 low fat graham cracker crumbled
  • ½ cup margarine (melted)

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 12 ounces of fat free cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • ¼ cup Truvia baking blend
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip Lite

For the Fruit & Toppings:

  • 4 bananas (sliced)
  • 20 ounce canned crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 16 ounces strawberries (sliced)
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip Lite
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • Sugar Free Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or butter spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter with a fork, stirring until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Dump the crumbs into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Refrigerate while you prepare the next layer.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the Cool Whip until thoroughly combined.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the graham cracker crust.
  5. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on top of the cream cheese filling, top with an even layer of the crushed pineapple, and then an even layer of the sliced strawberries.
  6. Cover with the Cool Whip, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts, then drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with maraschino cherries. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Leftovers can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Getting Started, For Real This Time

I started this year with my resolution to lose weight and get healthier, specifically to lose 50 pounds and run a 5K sometime this year.   Then I set a couple of daily goals for myself to help me reach those goals.  I wanted to try to walk 7,000 steps a day and drink 64 ounces of water a day.  Well it’s almost February and I hadn’t met either of those goals at all … until today.  Today, I have walked over 9,000 steps and drank lots of water.  Why was today different?  Because I decided to make it different.

Losing weight is hard.  I’m doing WW and I’ve lost 4 lbs already, with 2.4 lbs of that lost this past week.  I talked my husband into joining with me and it’s been really great.  He’s my accountability partner.  I think having him know how many points things are and understand what I’m going through will really help me to stay on track.  I’ve been thinking about it and how I said I wanted to do 7,000 steps a day and how I haven’t achieved that yet (until today).  I decided that I just need to get out and walk.  I can’t go through my normal day and hope that somehow at the end of the day I’ve magically walked enough to have reached 7,000 steps.  That works for some people, but my job is spent mostly at my desk.  While I do need to get up and walk around every now and then, it’s just no substitute for scheduling the time and taking a walk.

Today, I brought my lunch (boiled eggs, cucumbers, string cheese, turkey, and V8) and ate at my desk while watching a training video.  Then I loaded up a few songs on my Amazon Music app, grabbed my jacket and headphones and headed outside.  I walked (swiftly) around the building a few times for the remainder of my lunch hour, which was about 15 minutes of walking.  I finished all of my songs, had a great time, and felt energized by my walk.  Weather permitting, I’m going to do the same thing tomorrow and the next day, and the next.

For me, the key to success is planning and consistency.  I need to plan my meals so that I am eating healthy and plan my exercise so that I can jumpstart this weight loss and help get some of my energy back.  I have my Bellicon and I’m also going to try to consistently do 5 mins of light bouncing every day.  I’ve done my five minutes for tonight.  So, in the spirit of that – here is my PLAN (not my goal… which was apparently not a strong enough word for me to consistently achieve it):

  • 7,000 steps daily
  • 64 ounces of water a day
  • 5 minutes a day on my Bellicon

I’ll check in with y’all tomorrow to let you know how it’s going!