Cherry Banana Dessert aka “Pink Stuff”
  • 2-3 bananas, more or less depending on size and taste
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice, more or less to taste
  • 1 large can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple, drained (optional)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 container of whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  1. Slice bananas into bite size pieces into large mixing bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice and stir to coat bananas.
  3. Add cans of pie cherries, pineapple (optional), and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Stir to combine all ingredients.
  5. Fold in whipped topping.
  6. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.
This was a recipe I learned as a student at the University of Utah. I wasn’t from Utah and didn’t have family in the area so it was a special occasion when a classmate and friend invited me to have a homecooked meal with his family. It was a very welcome change of pace from the simple meal-for-one college student fare that was my regular routine, and I made sure to learn how to make the dessert we had that night. I don’t remember now if they called the dish “Pink Stuff” or if that was the name my kids gave it years later when I started making it for my own family, but that’s definitely how we know it today. It’s a quick, easy and delicious. --Raymond C. --Detroit, Michigan