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Healthy Banana Split Recipe: Magic Sprinkle Bliss


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We all know that special flavor combination of a freshly sliced banana topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles and crushed peanuts. Banana splits take us back to fond childhood memories enjoyed with friends on sunny days.


If you've become a bit more health-conscious as you've grown, the thought of all that processed sugar and heavy dairy in a banana split might just send you running in the opposite direction of enjoying some snack nostalgia.


If you're missing the sweet simplicity of this fun treat but you don't want to sacrifice your fit goals, try this Healthy Banana Split Recipe recipe. It's lightly sweet, processed sugar-free and packed with balancing spices to support healthy digestion.


Go ahead, you know you want to...


 

This recipe is divided into a few parts. First, we'll make the granola and bake the bananas. Then we'll make the chocolate sauce. Lastly, we'll put it all together and add our favorite toppings.


Follow along for the Magic Sprinkle Bliss!


Healthy Baked Banana Split Recipe

Serves: 3-4

Time: 20-30 minutes

bananas topped with yogurt, granola, strawberries and chocolate sauce

Granola Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats  

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp ground clove

  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg  

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil  

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup*

  • 3/4 cup coconut flakes

  • optional: 1/2 cup chopped dried figs, dates and/or raisins


Vegan Chocolate Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 14-oz can organic full fat coconut cream

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, I like these stevia-sweetened chocolate chips by Lily's


Other Ingredients
  • 1-2 bananas per serving

  • Optional: toppings of choice such as strawberry slices, chocolate chips, nuts, edible flowers or any other desired additions

  • Optional: Coconut milk-based yogurt or ice cream (according to Ayurveda, dairy and fruit are difficult to digest together so a plant-based yogurt/ice cream is recommended here)

granola with raisins and toasted coconut

Step One: Make the Granola

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir together rolled oats, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg and sea salt

  3. Add the coconut oil and maple syrup and mix until all ingredients are well coated

  4. Scoop out onto a baking sheet and spread out into a thick layer

  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Oats should be starting to slightly brown

  6. Stir in coconut flakes and bake for another 10-15 minutes until coconut is lightly toasted and all ingredients are crisp and golden-brown

  7. Take out of the oven, stir in dried fruit if using and allow to cool completely

  8. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks




two bananas baked golden brown
Step Two: Bake the Bananas

This step can be done while baking the granola


Instructions
  1. Peel bananas and lay out on a baking sheet

  2. Bake for 15-20 minutes until they develop a golden-brown layer and start to smell like banana bread (these are also a delicious healthy snack all on their own!)









Step 3: Make the Vegan Chocolate Sauce
glass jar with chocolate sauce, spoon dripping sauce into jar

Instructions
  1. Place chocolate chips in a medium-sized heat-safe bowl and set aside

  2. Strain liquid from the can of coconut cream so you are left with the creamy coconut fat**

  3. Heat coconut cream to steaming. This can be done in the microwave or on the stovetop

  4. Poor coconut cream over the chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes to allow the chips to start melting

  5. Whisk until well combined and creamy

  6. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Reheat desired amount when ready to use



Step 4: Build your Banana Split Bowl

Instructions
  1. Add your bananas to a serving bowl and lovingly layer with granola, chocolate sauce and any other "magic sprinkle" toppings

  2. Enjoy!

bananas topped with yogurt, granola, strawberries and chocolate sauce

Recipe Notes
  • *Instead of maple syrup, you can also use any unprocessed granulated sugar. To substitute, whisk together a 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup water or juice to create a syrupy consistency before adding to granola

  • **If you'd like a more syrupy chocolate drizzle instead of a fudge-y sauce, skip straining excess liquid from coconut cream



two craft bananas with smiley faces drawn on lookin gat each other, big pink heart between them

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