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A Banana Split with a Healthy Twist

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It’s National Banana Split Day today, August 25th. I like the concept of a banana split. Fresh fruit mixed with ice cream. Better than a hot fudge sundae atop a brownie, surely. However, whenever my small pint-sized children ask for one, all I can think of is how large they are. How unnecessary the three scoops of ice cream. So, rather than rule out the massive banana splits, we opted for a healthier split of sorts. We kept the fresh fruit and ditched the traditional ice cream, turning instead to two-ingredient strawberry banana ice cream that doesn’t require an ice cream machine to make.

Banana Splits with a Healthy Twist

2 bananas
2 tablespoons 100% fruit strawberry preserves
4 round slices fresh pineapple
1 ounce dark chocolate, melted
4 maraschino cherries, optional

In a blender or food processor, mix peeled bananas until smooth and creamy. Pour into a dish and spoon on strawberry preserves. Give a light stir to swirl. Freeze until firm, at least four hours.

When banana “ice cream” is frozen, place pineapple slices on plates or bowls. Top each with a scoop of frozen banana. Drizzle melted chocolate over each scoop and top with a maraschino cherry if desired. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.


  • Whole bananas meet the food processor 1 of 5
    Whole bananas meet the food processor
  • Cream the bananas 2 of 5
    Cream the bananas
  • Put in an airtight container 3 of 5
    Put in an airtight container
  • Swirl with strawberry jam and freeze 4 of 5
    Swirl with strawberry jam and freeze
  • Assemble and you’re ready to eat! 5 of 5
    Assemble and you're ready to eat!

This post is part of a special No-Guilt Banana Split round-up from DOLE Bananas and Tastespotting.

For more kid-friendly banana recipes, click here!

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