Paleo banana split? Surely, our ancestors were not eating ice cream with bananas. Of course not. But we can modify the quintessential split to make it more paleo-compatible.
Banana Splits have been in our collective imaginations since our early youth. I personally remember going to Baskins & Robbins and watching in envy when other kids got those 3 scoops of ice cream with a cut banana, nuts, whipped cream and cherries. I was not given that splurge by my mom because I was overweight. She offered one scoop of ice cream and that’s it.
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The beauty of banana splits is that many creative ways exist to make them. If you don’t like or can’t handle dairy, take away that ice cream. If you want to remove the excess the sugar but not the taste, try this paleo banana split.
The beauty of this recipe is that it is loaded with nutrients and polyphenols with the unripened banana, dark chocolate, pumpkin and chia seeds, cinnamon and alike. It’s also completely depleted of any refined sugars. What’s not to like?
- 4 Slightly unripened bananas
- 2 Cups Mixed Berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries ideal)
- 5 ounces 80% or higher dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup toasted nuts (chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds ideal)
- 1/8 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
Split the bananas in halve and place in 4 separate plates.
Top each plate with berries.
Melt the dark chocolate in a small pot over very low heat. Stir often.
Drizzle the dark chocolate over the bananas and berries.
Top with nuts, coconut shavings, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon.
The more unripened the banana the less sugar and the more prebiotic it is. If you are unfamiliar with prebiotics, click Here to read on it or click Here to listen to podcast. Unripened bananas, thought not as palatable, pack way more of a nutritional punch that overly ripened, sugary ones. In fact, the latter have 5 times the sugar.
The thing about this paleo banana split recipe is that you can eat this for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Throw on some granola, oats, a dollop of greek yogurt to “breakfastize” it. Play with the ingredients and adjust to your liking and enjoy!
(Photo courtesy of www.paleo.be.)