Banana Splits with Grilled Fruit and Chocolate Sauce

Banana Splits with Grilled Fruit and Chocolate Sauce

Recipe Rating: 3.5707
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. A grill basket is useful for griling the strawberries.
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 bananas, unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 large strawberries, halved
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream, (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
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 carbohydrates, (6 g dietary fiber, 50g sugar), 9g protein.
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