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Creating scrumptious new "banana split" desserts is an annual occasion with me - I come up with at least a couple new ones every year! These man-pleasing and kid-pleasing favorites are almost as much fun to prepare as they are to eat. When you're planning a birthday or anniversary party and you want a show-stopping presentation, look no further than this dazzler!
Serves 12
1 (8-serving) package Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls
1 (8-ounce) package Philadelphia fat-free cream cheese
2 teaspoons coconut extract *
1/4 cup Splenda Granular *
2 cups (2 medium) finely chopped bananas
1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
2 (4-serving) packages JELL-O sugar-free instant banana pudding mix
1 2/3 cups Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk Powder *
2 (8-ounce) cans crushed pineapple, packed in fruit juice, undrained
1 cup water
3/4 cup Dannon plain fat-free yogurt
1 1/2 cups Cool Whip Free
3 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) chopped pecans
3 tablespoons flaked coconut
2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) mini chocolate chips
3 maraschino cherries, cut into 4 pieces
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pat rolls into an ungreased 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet. Gently press dough to cover bottom of pan, being sure to seal perforations. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Place baking sheet on a wire rack and allow to cool. In a small bowl, stir cream cheese with a sturdy spoon until soft. Stir in 1 teaspoon coconut extract and 2 tablespoons Splenda. Spread mixture evenly over cooled crust. Evenly sprinkle bananas and strawberries over cream cheese mixture. In a medium bowl, combine dry pudding mixes and 1 1/3 cups dry milk powder. Add undrained pineapple and water. Mix well using a wire whisk. Spread pudding mixture evenly over bananas. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt and remaining 1/3 cup dry milk powder. Add remaining 1 teaspoon coconut extract and remaining 2 tablespoons Splenda. Blend in Cool Whip Free. Spread topping mixture evenly over set pudding layer. Evenly sprinkle pecans, coconut, and chocolate chips over top. Garnish with maraschino cherry pieces. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut into 12 servings.
HINTS: 1. DO NOT use inexpensive rolls as they don't cover the pan properly.
2. To prevent bananas from turning brown, mix with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or sprinkle with Fruit Fresh.

Each serving equals:
HE: 3/4 Fruit, 2/3 Bread, 1/2 Fat Free Milk, 1/3 Protein, 1/4 Fat, 1/4 Slider, 19 Optional Calories
233 Calories, 5 gm Fat, 9 gm Protein, 38 gm Carbohydrate, 565 mg Sodium,
154 mg Calcium, 1 gm Fiber
DIABETIC EXCHANGES: 1 1/2 Starch/Carbohydrate, 1 Fruit, 1/2 Fat

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