Can a banana split recipe be considered healthy? It does have fruit, after all! Since 1904 when banana splits were first made popular in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, there have been many banana split recipes claiming to be the best. But I don’t think any of them could possibly be better than my favorite banana split recipe, which I’d like to share with you today.
Matt’s Favorite Banana Split Recipe
Start with one banana and slice it hot dog style down the middle. To make things interesting, sprinkle a little sugar on the inside of the banana. Use a torch to brulee the sugar, giving the banana a nice crunch and texture.
The main ingredient in my banana split recipe is, of course, good ice cream… Tillamook! I use a scoop each of three different types: Tillamook Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream, Tillamook Oregon Strawberry Ice Cream, and Tillamook Mudslide Ice Cream. Now lay your beautiful, bruleed bananas alongside the ice cream scoops.
In my banana split recipe, I use the following toppings, but you can choose whatever you like for your personal taste: crushed pineapple on the Tillamook Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream, chocolate sauce on the Tillamook Mudslide Ice Cream, and fresh sliced strawberries (substitute a thick puree when fresh strawberries are not available) on the Tillamook Oregon Strawberry Ice Cream. You could also add caramel sauce if you’d like!
Next, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of walnuts, and maybe some sprinkles (although I don’t usually add them). Finally, I finish this banana split recipe with a maraschino cherry on top!
This banana split recipe has it all – taste, texture, “healthiness” (the fruit!), and tradition. Try it out! Or make up your own banana split recipe with Tillamook Ice Cream and show us how it turned out on our Facebook page.
Happy National Banana Split Day, everyone!
Image: Flickr/Stevendepolo (please note, it’s not a photo of Matt’s recipe above!)