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Banana Split on a Stick

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 3g
  • Total Fat: 7g
    • Saturated Fat: 4g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 31g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5g
  • Total Sugar: 21g
    • Natural Sugar: 8.5g
    • Added Sugar: 12.5g
  • Sodium: 0mg

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 (pun intended) with a friend…only to devour the whole thing by yourself? It can cost you more than 1,000 calories. No joke! And that’s 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!

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This recipe makes 8 Servings
Ingredients:
  • 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
Preparation:

Peel, then cut each banana in half horizontally and insert the wooden stick into each half. Place in ziptop 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 the chocolate chips using a double boiler or by placing them 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 the melted chocolate into a tall glass and carefully dip each of the frozen bananas 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, I like to lay the pops on an individual banana split tray and top each with a squirt of whipped cream and cherry.

 

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