Grilled Banana Splits for #SundaySupper

I love grilled fruit. I eat grilled pineapple slices on turkey burgers, grilled peaches with pork tenderloin, grilled grapes on shrimp kebabs, and I put grilled watermelon in my gazpacho. Now I eat grilled banana splits 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 a new fruit. Enter banana splits.

Grilled Banana Splits

Traditional vs. Grilled 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.)

Nutritional Comparison

Here’s how the grilled banana splits stack up to Dairy Queen banana splits nutritionally:

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

Grilled Banana Splits

How to Grill and Serve

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 these grilled banana splits!

Grilled Banana Splits
Healthier take on a banana split that's great for a crowd
Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 1
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon crushed pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat strawberry Greek yogurt
  1. Place the banana on a cutting board so that it curves upward. Starting at the stem end, slice the banana lengthwise about ⅔ of the way through (keep the bottom peel intact).
  2. 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.
  3. Place on grill over indirect heat and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes or until chocolate is starting to melt.
  4. Remove from heat, remove foil and cut the rest of the way through so you have two halves. Top with strawberry yogurt.
Using fresh strawberries and plain Greek yogurt will save you some carbs.

If cooking for a crowd, put out several different fixings and have everyone stuff and bundle their own banana.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 214 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 43g Sugar: 29g Sodium: 28mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 2mg

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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Wine Pairings

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  1. says

    I love grilled plantains, so I know this recipe is going to be DELICIOUS!

    I’m so glad to have found your blog. My mother-in-law is a diabetic and is always complaining about how much she misses dessert. I will be trying many of your recipes. :)

  2. says

    I need this. Like today. I’ve always “meant” to grill bananas, but never seem to remember when the grill is actually fired up. Thanks so much for the inspiration…I see some in my near future (as in, tomorrow)!

  3. says

    This is so yumm & healthy ! Never grilled bananas before and love the idea of using dark chocolate chips & greek yogurt. Have lotsa bananas and all the other ingredients so will make this tomorrow :) Thanks for sharing ! Love the comparison chart !

  4. says

    Love your nutrition break down. I have never grilled fruit and I think I may be grilling up some bananas very soon. Especially since I don’t have to feel guilty about eating them!

  5. Carissa says

    I absolutely love the carb difference between the store bought and the grilled. Absolutely lovely for fruit lovers as well as a perfect quick snack for any sweet tooth with a health conscious.

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