Layered Strawberry Jell-o Salad with Ripe Bananas

This Strawberry Jell-o Salad uses ripe bananas, crushed pineapple, and strawberries to add sweetness to it. With a layer of sour cream in the middle to offset the sweetness, it's the perfect dish.

When I have leftover ripe bananas, I usually will whip up our favorite Banana Bread or Banana Cookies . . . but then I found this old recipe for ripe banana jello!!!

Apparently this is a very old recipe that has been around for generations. My mom and grandmas make some incredible jell-o salads, but this one is being added to the list of favorites!

The secret to this dish: Sour cream

Now I know what you are thinking . . . sour cream?! YES!! Trust me on this one!

The sweetness from the jell-o (even if you use sugar-free jell-o) and the fruit kind of takes this over the top, but the sour cream is the perfect counter balance!

The slightly sour and super creamy texture perfectly even-out this jell-o salad. If you want, you could cut the amount of sour cream used in half, or even mix a little bit of sugar in with the sour cream, but I promise that you will not need it.

How do you make jello with fruit?

Growing up, my mom was always mixing fruit into our jello – mandarin oranges in orange jello, peaches in peach jello, raspberries in raspberry jello, fruit cocktail in lime jello . . . it’s easy to do!

For this recipe, we will be using crushed pineapple, ripe bananas that have been smashed, and strawberries.

Mix together the jell-o and water as directed in the recipe and once it’s dissolved, slowly mix in the fruit. Make sure that all the fruit is covered by the jell-o and you are good to go!

Can you use frozen fruit?

You bet! Frozen fruit is a great alternative to fresh fruit in jell-o, especially when fresh fruit is not in season.

For this recipe, you will want to be sure that your frozen strawberries are sliced.

Can you substitute cool whip or whipped cream in place of the sour cream?

For this recipe, I would not recommend substituting whipped cream or cool whip in place of the sour cream.

This dish is already so sweet that the sweetness from the whipped cream or cool whip would take it over the top.

However, a great substitute would be plain Greek yogurt or vanilla Greek yogurt.

How to make the layers

Making the layers is pretty simple. You can make this dish in a large bowl, mini trifle bowls (like I used in the picture), or even in a 9×13″ dish.

For the first layer, pour half of the jell-o mixture into the bottom of whatever pan you are using (or, if you are using mini trifle bowls, pour about 1/10 of the mixture into the bottom of the trifle bowl).

Place pan in the freezer for 10 minutes to let it set-up a little bit. Be sure not to put the remaining jell-o that’s in your mixing bowl in the fridge because we don’t want it to set up yet! Just leave it out on the counter until it’s time to use it.

After the jell-o has started to set in the freezer, pull it out and spread a layer of sour cream on top of it. It helps to stir the sour cream before using it. Spread the sour cream layer evenly on the jello, then slowly pour the remaining jello on top of the sour cream.

Cover your jell-o and let it set up in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Serves: 9

Strawberry Jell-o Salad with Ripe Bananas

3 hr, 15 Prep Time

3 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 (6 ounce) box strawberry jell-o
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 2 bananas (ripe and mashed without lumps)
  • 20 strawberries (divided and thinly sliced, fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup sour cream (regular or light)


  1. Pour package of jell-o into a medium bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water over strawberry jello and mix until gelatin is fully dissolved.
  3. Add in crushed pineapple and bananas and stir well.
  4. Add in 12 strawberries and mix until all fruit is covered.
  5. In a small bowl, stir sour cream until it becomes creamy and loosened up a bit.
  6. In a medium-sized bowl or 9x13" baking pan, pour half the gelatin mixture. To help the jello set up a bit quicker, place the pan into the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until the jello has started to set.
  7. Carefully ladle the sour cream over the jello and spread in an even layer.
  8. Carefully pour the other half of the jello mixture over the sour cream.
  9. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  10. Top with a sliced strawberry.


If you are using mini trifle bowls, you should get about 5 trifle bowls out of this recipe.



467 cal


23 g


69 g


4 g
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Recipe slightly adapted from Lick the Bowl Good

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