Banana Cream Lush: A rum-infused, banana-caramel sauce brings this classic banana cream lush layered dessert to a whole new level.

Bananas Foster Lush

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 20 slices
Calories: 597 kcal
Author: Sara Maniez
This Bananas Foster Lush recipe is 2 lush recipes in one because it is also a Banana Cream Lush. A rum-infused, banana-caramel sauce brings this Classic Banana Cream Lush Layered dessert to a whole new level.


Bottom Graham Cracker Crust Layer (for no bake crust option):

  • 10 ounces regular, honey or vanilla graham crackers, finely ground using a food processor or manually crushing 2 5-ounce packages
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter melted and cooled *I give a range for the amount because I have found that depending on the humidity, you may need more or less butter

Bottom Pecan Crust Layer (for baked crust option)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped or food processor processed pecans great for the mini food processor
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature 2 8-ounce packages
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Banana Cream Pudding Layer

  • 6.8 ounces instant banana cream pudding mix 2 3.4-ounce packages
  • 4 cups milk you can also do 3 1/2, if you want it slightly thicker

Whipped & Toppings Layer

  • 8 ounces Cool Whip you can substitute the same amount whipped cream
  • 3 chopped pecans or walnuts this would go if you chose the bottom pecan crust option too
  • 1 medium banana sliced right before serving

Bananas Foster Sauce for Serving

  • 1 stick salted butter 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 medium bananas sliced in half and then lengthwise in thick slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract optional


  1. Bottom Graham Cracker Crust (for a no bake crust option): In a medium-large bowl, mix melted and cooled unsalted butter with finely ground, processed graham crackers. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Cover and chill until the next layer is ready.
  2. Bottom Pecan Crust Layer (for traditional lush baked crust option): Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, melted and cooled butter, finely ground pecans and 1/4 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes (25 mins works best for me) until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before adding any layers.
  3. Cream Cheese Layer(2nd layer): Using a hand electric mixer, combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, 1-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 tablespoons works best for me). Mixture should be even and smooth. Spread evenly on top of the baked and cooled bottom pecan crust or no bake graham cracker crust.
  4. Banana Cream Pudding Layer: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the milk and instant banana cream pudding mix until set. It may take 4-5 minutes to thicken. Spread evenly on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Whipped & Toppings Layer: Spread thawed whipped topping on top of the banana cream pudding layer. Optionally, you can freeze the Bananas Fosters Lush overnight (without the Bananas Fosters sauce) for more defined slices. Do not freeze if you substitute homemade whipped cream because it might not hold up like frozen whipped topping like Cool Whip.
  6. Bananas Foster Sauce for Serving: In a large, heavy skillet, over medium heat, melt the unsalted butter and add the brown sugar, stir until combined. Add the cream, bananas and nuts. Mixture should bubble but not burn. Pour in dark rum and combine. Using a lighter wand light the mixture and it should go out on it's own. Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon and optional vanilla extract. Ladle over a slice of the lush. You can also keep the sauce in the refrigerator. Please note: Be careful of the open flame! If you don't want to ignite the rum, just cook the sauce for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I suggest using an offset spatula for spreading the layers and make sure it's clean before starting a new layer. After refrigerating, for serving to show more defined layers, you can just take a butter knife and "wipe" along the sides and the layers will show nicely. You can freeze the Bananas Foster Lush overnight (at least 6 hours) to get more defined slices. Make sure you use a sharp knife to cut down into the bottom crust first before removing with the spatula. It will defrost fairly quickly depending on the room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Bananas Foster Lush
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 597 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Potassium 263mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 41g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 21.8%
Vitamin C 2.6%
Calcium 13.1%
Iron 8.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.