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Grilled Banana Splits for #SundaySupper

Grilled Banana Splits
I love grilled fruit. I eat grilled pineapple slices on turkey burgers, grilled peaches with pork tenderloin, grilled grapes on shrimp kebabs. Now I eat grilled bananas with dark chocolate, crushed pineapple and strawberry yogurt too.

When I found out the theme of today’s #SundaySupper was Labor Day recipes, I knew I wanted to grill something we’d never grilled before. Enter banana splits.

What’s not to love about a good banana split with its creamy bananas, silky hot fudge sauce, cold ice cream and fruity strawberry topping? Maybe the fat, calories and carbs? Let’s try a version that focuses on the fruit, flavors and textures of the original, but eliminates some of the bad stuff.

  • We’ll keep the banana. It has some fiber and decent amounts of potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and magnesium.
  • Dark chocolate chips replace the hot fudge sauce. Dark chocolate has been shown to have health benefits for your heart, your brain and your blood sugar. It’s also loaded with antioxidants plus vitamins and minerals such as copper and iron.
  • We’ll use crushed pineapple (canned in juice, not syrup) instead of sickly sweet pineapple topping to save on carbs.
  • We’ll replace the strawberry sauce and the vanilla ice cream with rich, thick nonfat Greek yogurt with strawberries. (You could also use fresh strawberries and plain or vanilla yogurt if you prefer.)

Here’s how the two versions compare:

Calories Fat (total/ sat) Cholesterol Sodium Total carbs Fiber Sugar Protein
Dairy Queen Banana Split 510 12g / 8g 30mg 180mg 96g 3g 82g 8g
Grilled Banana Split 214 5g / 3g 2mg 28mg 43g 4g 29g 5g

We grilled some steaks and sweet potatoes first, then added the bananas once the grill wasn’t quite so hot. Don’t put the bananas over a hot flame. Instead, move them to a spot where they will get indirect heat.

This is a great dessert for a crowd – just provide the fixings and have everyone stuff and bundle their own.

I ate my banana split by putting the yogurt on one half, leaving the other half plain and taking a bite from one side, then a bite from the other. I couldn’t decide if I liked it better with the yogurt or without, so this was my compromise.

Enjoy!

Recipe

Adapted from Prevention

Grilled Banana Split - cutting banana

Cutting the banana

1 medium banana
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons nonfat strawberry Greek yogurt

Place the banana on a cutting board so that it curves upward. Starting at the stem end, slice the banana lengthwise about 2/3 of the way through (keep the bottom peel intact).

Tear a piece of aluminum foil large enough to completely enclose the banana and place banana on top. Slightly pry the two sides of the banana apart and stuff in the chocolate chips and pineapple. Pull up all sides of the foil to cover the banana.

Place on grill over indirect heat and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes or until chocolate is starting to melt.

Remove from heat, remove foil and cut the rest of the way through so you have two halves. Top with strawberry yogurt.

Makes 1 serving
Per serving: 214 calories, 5g fat (3g sat), 2mg cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 43g carb, 4g fiber, 29g sugar, 5g protein


The #SundaySupper gang will be sharing favorite Labor Day recipes all afternoon on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram on Sunday, September 2, 2012. We will also have a live chat at 7 p.m. EST on Twitter and will be using the hashtag #SundaySupper. We look forward to answering questions, giving tips and inspiring you to spend more time Around the Family Table with those you love! Thanks to Isabel of Family Foodie for hosting this event.

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