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.
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.
And I know. Not having the cherry on top is really my bad.
HEALTHY BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE
- 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
- In a microwave-safe small bowl or glass combine the ingredients for the chocolate syrup. Microwave for 30 seconds.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add in the smoothie blend to the chocolate syrup coated cup. Top with whipped topping, remainder of chocolate syrup and crushed peanuts.
- Add a cherry on top for maximum effect.
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.
- 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.