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A Banana Split with a Healthy Twist

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

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.

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A Banana Split with a Healthy Twist

Whole bananas meet the food processor

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

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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0 thoughts on “A Banana Split with a Healthy Twist

  1. Stephanie Meyer says:

    YUM! As always :)

  2. DessertForTwo says:

    You deserve a Mom of year award for this one! :)

  3. tandteacake says:

    Sounds tasty and simple yet still not boring. Making banana based ‘ice cream’ is defo something I should try. :)


  4. Prem says:

    I’ve got my spoon ready to join in the rush!This reminds me of when I pan-fried naaanbs in butter and sugar with coconut flakes. It was sooo good. I think it’d be perfect spooned over ice cream. Or perhaps incorporated into an ice cream flavor?

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