Banana Split On a Stick
Ever order a classic Banana Split -- three scoops of ice cream drizzled with a medley of sauces and topped with whipped cream and a cherry -- with the intention of splitting it with a friend...only to devour the whole thing by yourself? It can cost you more than 1,000 calories for a small-sized version. Instead, make this totally satisfying spin (single serving to cut temptation) for just 180 calories. It will save you the guilt...and the brain freeze!
- 4 large bananas, ripe but firm
- 8 wooden popsicle sticks
- 1/4 cup granola cereal OR finely chopped salted peanuts
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Optional: whipped cream and cherries for garnish
- Peel, then cut each banana in half horizontally and insert wooden stick into each half. Place in zip-top bag or cover in plastic wrap and place in freezer until frozen, about 3 hours.
- Spread out granola (or peanuts) on a flat surface, such as shallow dish, cutting board or baking sheet
- Melt chocolate chips using a double boiler or by placing in a glass bowl and microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring, and continuing this same routine for 15-second increments until chocolate is velvety smooth. Pour melted chocolate into a tall glass and carefully dip each frozen banana into the glass, twirling to coat at least the top half. Then immediately roll in the granola or chopped peanuts.
- Serve or place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and stash in the freezer for future treats.
- For a fun serving presentation, lay pops on an individual banana split tray and top each with a squirt of whipped cream and cherry.
- Recipe courtesy of Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N author of From Junk Food To Joy Food: All the Foods You Love to Eat...Only Better
Per serving: 180 kcal cal.. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet