Banana Splits with Grilled Fruit and Chocolate Sauce

Banana Splits with Grilled Fruit and Chocolate Sauce

Serves 4

Keep the embers hot and the party aglow with this twist on the classic summertime treat. Kids will enjoy helping with preparation and adults will appreciate the subtle orange-cinnamon flavor of marinated and grilled fruit.

Ingredients: 
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons unbleached cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 bananas (skins left on)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 large strawberries, halved
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons real whipped cream, (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
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Method: 

Combine 1/4 cup of the sugar, cocoa powder and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan and whisk until smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup water, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla; set chocolate sauce aside.

Wash bananas thoroughly, then halve each crosswise, then again lengthwise, so that you have 16 skin-on banana pieces total; set aside.

Whisk together orange juice, remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add bananas and strawberries and toss gently to coat. Set aside to let marinate for 15 minutes, or up to 3 hours.

Grill bananas and strawberries, cut-side down, over medium low heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer strawberries to a plate and set aside. Turn bananas over and continue cooking, skin side down, about 5 more minutes, or until skin pulls away from banana. Transfer bananas to plate with strawberries.

Remove skins from bananas and place 4 pieces into each serving bowl. Top with ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, strawberries and nuts.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:410 calories (140 from fat), 16g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 45mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 50g sugar), 9g protein
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