Healthy Banana Split Smoothie

Healthy Banana Split Smoothie

Healthy Banana Split Smoothie

So. I have actually never ordered a banana split sundae at any establishment ever. I always want to order the damn thing but am constantly confounded by issues like my sisters not liking bananas with ice cream, there being more unique options in the dessert menu, a boyfriend that hates ice cream and being unable to convince anyone to share the banana split sundae with me when there is always the ever-popular-queen-bee-of-sundaes -the brownie sundae – available too. And I suppose brownie >>> bananas a lot of times.

But I really think I would love a banana split sundae.

Which is why when I was craving a variation from my usual Amazing Banana Cashew Coconut Smoothie I decided to go the banana split route.
Healthy Banana Split Sundae

I wanted to do the stereotypical flavors in a banana split sundae so I needed something that was creamy vanilla-y, strawberry, bananas, chocolate, whipped topping and peanuts. So I made a quick and easy chocolate syrup, lined the bottoms of the cups with it (saving some for the top too), poured in a creamy mix of vanilla almond milk, frozen banana, and strawberry kefir then topped everything with some Reddi-whip (it was in the fridge and I am/was lazy), remaining chocolate syrup and crushed peanuts. It was delicious. And if you wanna be 100% healthy you can forsake the Reddi-whip and make some delicious coconut whipped cream for the top.

Healthy Banana Split Smoothie

And I know. Not having the cherry on top is really my bad.

Healthy Banana Split Smoothie
Healthy Banana Split Smoothie

RECIPE:

HEALTHY BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE

Serves 1.

INGREDIENTS:

  • FOR THE EASY CHOCOLATE SYRUP:
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • pinch of salt
  • FOR THE SMOOTHIE:
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup strawberry kefir yogurt (or Greek strawberry yogurt)
  • sweetener to taste (I went with Splenda)
  • FOR THE TOPPINGS:
  • Reddi-whip, coconut whipped cream, or regular whipped cream
  • Salted peanuts, crushed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a microwave-safe small bowl or glass combine the ingredients for the chocolate syrup. Microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Remove from microwave, stir, and return to microwave for 40 seconds. If the mixture still does not look like it has come together return to microwave for 20 second increments until it looks like chocolate syrup. Set aside.
  3. In a blender, combine all the ingredients for the smoothie and blend until smooth. You can use a not frozen banana but smoothie will be less ice cream-like.
  4. In a cup add in half of the chocolate syrup to the bottom of the cup. Swirl chocolate syrup around so it partially coats the sides of the cup.
  5. Add in the smoothie blend to the chocolate syrup coated cup. Top with whipped topping, remainder of chocolate syrup and crushed peanuts.
  6. Add a cherry on top for maximum effect.

Healthy Banana Split Smoothie
Healthy Banana Split Smoothie
Healthy Banana Split Smoothie

The frozen banana and yogurt make this a full-bodied smoothie and with the deep cocoa taste in the chocolate syrup, fluffy sweet whipped topping + salty crunchy peanuts, this was awesome. Definitely tasted far worse for you than it really was.

Healthy Banana Split Sundae

K bai.

TIPS:
- Other tasty additions would be shredded coconut, pistachios, peanut butter (or PB2 which you can see used here and can buy here), chocolate chips or cocoa nibs…pretty much anything you think would go well in a banana split or is an ice cream flavor.

It’s Not Quite Friday Yet

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Links to make Thursday go by faster….

I was looking at the winner of the Saveur Food Blog Awards and found some great new sites to add to my daily rotation:

Loved the witty writing and the simple but gorgeous watercolours (or at least it kind of looks like watercolours right?) on Pen and Plate, especially his post on Vietnamese Coffee Panna Cotta.

As I get more into healthier baking will probably check out My Darling Lemon Thyme more. Starting with this recipe for cute Raw Apricot and Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites.

Same with Oh Lady Cakes, I pinned the recipe for Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse. Hint: The other ingredient is almond milk.

And here in SD:

The Citybeat Festival of Beers is happening on Saturday April 19th in front of the Lafayette Hotel. Its from 1 or 2 pm – 5 pm (depending on whether you want to pay for that extra hour of VIP-ness). They have over 100 craft beers, food and live music, for a beer list click here.

Kirbie’s Cravings has a fantastic post with a bunch of the cookies from the Cravory.

Planning on making Kitchen Konfidence’s pretty beet stained deviled eggs for Easter this Sunday.

This French Vietnamese dessert shop called Blush Desserts is coming to Convoy and they are going to have 41(!) types of macarons AND snow ice. I like the concept.

Ironside Fish & Oyster opens today in Little Italy. They have $1 dollar oyster happy hour from 3-6pm everyday (HAPPINESS) but as they hail from the Craft & Commerce group they also strictly enforce the no-ketchup thing…

Can vouch for the Whisknladle burger but need to try the burgers from Great Maple and Twist in North Park from Thrillist’s list of San Diego’s Best Under the Radar Burgers.

Elsewhere:

Nine Space is having a progressive sale where you save $20 if you spend $50, $40 if you spend $100 and $60 if you spend $120. Also known as why wouldn’t you just spend $120 instead of $100 since they end up being the same price?! I bought these amazing Turkish Fouta Towels which I became obsessed with. They are super lightweight but really absorbent and become softer with each wash.

“Punk” Easter Eggs…..ok.

These fairy tale-esque pictures of snails by Vyacheslav Mischchenko almost make me want one as a pet.

Cool pictures of Hemingway’s home in Cuba.

HuffPost was like “this is the best cake in the world and then later was like “no jk this one is”. My vote goes towards the latter.

And lastly:

Really want to get a pizza stone like this one from Food52 but not sure what the best material is? Will have to do some more research on it.

Found the newest Ommegang Game of Thrones Beer – Fire and Blood Red Ale at the Whole Foods in La Jolla! They had a bunch but I would hurry as those go quick.

Yay happy my submission for The Healthy Cookies and Cream Smoothie got accepted on foodgawker.com. If I got another “white balance off” or “composure – weird angle” rejection comment I was going to scream. Maybe I want to compose my food at weird angles.

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