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Banana Splits with Grilled Fruit and Chocolate Sauce

Serves 4
Time 45 min
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.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 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
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.

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  • 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