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Orange Banana Pretzel Salad

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Yesterday was Memorial Day and we had a lovely family get together at my brother and sister-in-law’s place. I was the designated dessert maker for the day, so I brought this scrumptious Orange Banana Pretzel Salad. The fact that the word “salad” is in the name is a bit humorous but it’s actually a twist on the famous strawberry pretzel salad that everyone loves. This one is made with Sunnyd, orange gelatin and bananas and it is so yummy! It’s also gluten free. The family loved it!


Orange Banana Pretzel Salad is three layers of deliciousness. First there’s a crust of gluten free pretzels, butter and sugar. Next is a luscious layer of cream cheese, sugar and whipped topping. All is topped with a refreshing citrus layer of SunnyD, orange gelatin and fresh banana slices.


I needed SunnyD for this recipe and also because my son loves it. I found a 24-count package of SunnyD on sale at Sam’s Club for just $5.38! This Rollback price is running until the first week in August. My Sam’s Club had them in the Refrigerated Beverages section. You can also find them on a featured end-cap display in Sam’s Club from April – July. Each SunnyD bottle is an individual serving so no one has to share and they are great for kids and adults alike. More fun ideas for SunnyD can be found at WhereFunBegins.net .


Back to the recipe. This dessert is simple to make. The first step is to make the crust. Mix together crushed pretzels, sugar and melted butter.


Press the pretzel mixture into the bottom of a greased 13″ x 9″ glass casserole dish. Bake at 350°F. for 10 minutes. Let cool.


Next, beat cream and sugar together until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Then spread on top of cooled crust.


Meanwhile, prepare your orange gelatin, replacing half the water with SunnyD. Stir in sliced bananas. Let it chill until it gets soupy. Then spoon onto cream cheese layer. Chill for at least 2 hours.


SunnyD makes Orange Banana Pretzel Salad extra tangy and so good. It’s a great dessert for your next party or anytime you’re in the mood to serve up some fun.

Be sure to check out more fun in the sun with SunnyD at sunnyd.com. I’d love to hear how you have fun with SunnyD!

Orange Banana Pretzel Salad

Yield: 12 servings


  • 3 1/2 cups (140g) crushed gluten free pretzels
  • 1 1/4 cup (250g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces (227g) cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces (227g) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 9 ounces (255g) orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups (375mL) boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups (375mL) SunnyD
  • 4 medium (400g) bananas, sliced
  • Whipped cream or whipped topping for garnish


  1. For crust:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup of the sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press into the bottom of a greased 13" x 9" glass casserole dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool.
  3. For filling:
  4. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium high until creamy. Add remaining 1 cup of sugar. Beat on medium speed until smooth. With a spatula, fold in the whipped topping. Spread on top of the cooled crust.
  5. For the topping:
  6. Pour the gelatin into a medium bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Stir in the SunnyD. Add the sliced bananas. Refrigerate mixture until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Pour over cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  7. Garnish with whipped cream or whipped topping, if desired.

13 Responses to Orange Banana Pretzel Salad

  1. This looks so delicious! I need this in my life. #client

  2. Dorothy Floyd says:

    wow look great recipe and like to get the different recipes to share Thanks Dorothy

  3. grace says:

    I do not want to buy sunny d I wold not be able to use it after what can I do to replace ot

  4. LisaMarie says:

    You could buy an individual bottle of Sunny D. You don’t need to buy a multipack or big bottle.

  5. liz says:

    Wow. Entirely too much sugar!
    Need healthier recipe.

  6. Lise Ode says:

    You could substitute sugar free gelatin and sugar free whipped topping.

  7. MILDRED says:

    I used orange juice in place of the sunny D

  8. Bill says:

    So cracks me up that whenever someone posts a recipe….someone always has to complain….too much sugar….don’t like sunny d…that’s not healthy…blah blah blah….I think it sounds delicious the way it is and am gonna make it just as your recipe says….no complaints

  9. Ina Cales says:

    This sounds so yummy, going to try it. I really
    like how you do the directions for each step.

  10. sara says:

    Looks so refreshing!! Can’t wait to make:)

  11. Thanks, Bill! That’s really sweet and I appreciate your comment so much! :-)))

  12. Recipe calls for pretzels for the crust but i am going to use graham crackers for my crust but haven’t made the recipe yet but i will sometime.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Was really looking forward to making this until it ended up all over my kitchen. I think 3 1/2 cups of crushed pretzels is too much. I used a 9×13 glass baking pan and followed the directions to the “t” but thing there was too much fluid and too much crushed pretzels. IF I ever try it again I won’t use as many pretzels and no sunny d and only 2 packs of jello. After having to clean out my entire fridge and wash down my cabinets and floor my stupidity may not allow me to make the recipe again. Sorry.