Nightfood is great straight out of the pint, but when you have a few minutes to spare try this new delicious recipe!
Banana splits are a classic dessert, but not all support your health. This version includes all the health benefits from Nightfood ice cream combined with healthy fats from shredded coconut and walnuts, antioxidants from fresh berries and dark chocolate, and a touch of natural sweetness from simple homemade date caramel. It’s also loaded with fiber and magnesium which support healthy digestion and stable blood sugar. You won’t be able to resist it!
Time: 5 mins Serves: 1
Tags: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
For the banana split-
- 1 small banana
- 2/3 cup Nightfood bed ‘n breakfast ice cream
- 1 Tbsp date caramel (recipe below)
- 1 Tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- 1 Tbsp crushed walnuts
- 1-2 fresh strawberries, sliced
- Other optional toppings as desired, such as:
- Fresh mint
- Hemp seeds
For the date caramel-
- ½ cup pitted dates
- Pinch sea salt
- ~¼ cup hot water, or unsweetened almond milk to thin
Directions for date caramel:
- Place dates, salt, and water into a high speed blender or food processor. Process until smooth and no chunks of dates remain, about ~1-2 minutes total. You will need to intermittently pause the processing and scrape the sides to get the mixture well incorporated. Use slightly more or less water depending on the size of your dates to achieve proper consistency. The end result should be thick, like honey.
- Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for longer.
Directions for the banana split:
- Peel banana, then cut in half lengthwise and place on a plate.
- Add scoops of night food ice cream to fill the length of the banana
- Top with 3 small dollops of date caramel, then the shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, crushed walnuts, and sliced berries.
- Add additional toppings if desired, then enjoy immediately.
**Variations/notes: Many ingredients can be substituted in this recipe. Use any alternative flavor of Nightfood as desired, or substitute the nuts, berries, and coconut according to what you have on hand and what you like best.
Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 415;Total Fat: 16g; Protein: 12g; Carbohydrates: 66g; Sugars: 37g; Fiber: 11g; Sodium: 146mg
Joanna is a Registered Dietitian, health coach and freelance writer. She is also author of 2 cookbooks, The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook and Meal Plan and The Quick and Easy Gestational Diabetes Cookbook. She also operates a private practice at https://www.joannafoleynutrition.com/ where she focuses on nutrition and lifestyle counseling, helping clients find food freedom, and developing a healthier relationship with food.