Dessert for Nine – Banana Split Bites {A Guest Post By @3kidsandus}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 30, 2011

Cat Davis is the professional mom blog author of 3 Kids and Us where she shares her life as a police officer’s wife, mom to three young children, love of traveling Illinois, family recipes and serving as a mom brand ambassador through product reviews. You can find Cat on twitter @3kidsandus

One thing people quickly learn about me is my profound love for cooking, baking and creating desserts. However, my kitchen hobby was born out of necessity. Fresh out of high school, 18 and married with a child, I was forced to go from burning water to creating edible meals to nourish my family. At some point in the past 10 years that necessity became a truly enjoyable skill obtained through lots of practice and guidance from one of the best cooks I know, my mom.

As quickly as my skill set grew, so did the place settings at the family dinner table. Learning how to feed a family of three turned into feeding a family of five which I often find to be rather challenging. It leaves me often wondering how Christine manages meals for her quite large family of nine. Out of that curiosity grew the desire to test my kitchen skills by creating a budget friendly dessert for a large family. Which brings me to the Banana Split Bites.

With this dessert you can satisfy the sweet tooth of any sized family, make it in less than 15 minutes in 5 simple steps and create a nice variety for the picky little people in your life.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 large bananas, slightly under ripened work best
  • 1/2 gallon of ice cream (spumoni or neapolitan for variety)
  • 1/2 cup jimmies, chopped nuts or chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of chocolate morsels, melted
  • whipped cream
  • cherries

STEP ONE

Cut bananas into thirds, without peeling the bananas.

cut bananas

STEP TWO

Using a melon ball scooper, carve a pocket into the center of each banana without scraping the bottom or sides.

Banana Cups

STEP THREE

Fill each cavity with a different flavor of soft ice cream. Carefully use a knife to cut the side of each banana peel, remove and discard.

Banana Ice Cream Cups

STEP FOUR

Dip banana bottoms in melted chocolate and jimmies. Place bananas on wax paper and freeze until ready to serve.

Chocolate dipped bananas

STEP FIVE

Top with whipped cream and cherries before serving.

mini banana split bites

And that my friends is how you create a fabulously semi-healthy dessert for a large family!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Julz Young July 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

That looks good! :)

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Christine - From Dates to Diapers July 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I know… YUM!! We should get all the stuff to make them today!

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Julz Young July 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

yes we should!
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Cat Davis July 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I’ll second that. :)
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Shana D July 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Oh those are so cute. What a neat idea. Going to have to try this with my kids! Thanks for sharing this recipe Cat.
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Annie @ Mama Dweeb July 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Cat – this is why I love your blog! It is full of fabulously easy ideas like this. My kids would love to help make them, almost as much as they would love eating them LOL
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Cat Davis July 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

This is a great dessert for the kids to get in on. My 2 year old helped with the whipped topping and cherries. :)
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Laura @ GotChocolate July 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

FABULOUS!!! I absolutely LOVE these!!!
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Nolie July 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I love banana splits. This is very dangerous for me to have read.
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kristin July 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm

These are fantastic, great for large (or small) families.

Julia should help you make them. ;)

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Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting July 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Adorable!
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Maria July 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm

oh my, that looks so delicious and fun! I’m not even a big ice cream fan, but the fun the kids would have making these together makes it worthwhile!

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Cat Davis July 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

You could always skip the ice cream and fill them with chocolate chips. :)
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Tiff @ Babes and Kids July 31, 2011 at 4:55 am

LOVE this idea. So cute and they look delicious!

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Kim July 31, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Those really look delicious!!
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Sharon July 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Those look really great! Cat always has wonderful recipes and ideas!
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MommaDJane July 31, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Amazing idea! Love it. Can’t wait to try this with my kids next week.
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island girl August 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

These look GREAT and so much fun!! I make something like these with zuccini and feta…but, I think my kids might like this more, LOL Great post @littleislandstu
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Joyce August 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Yummy!
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Cheryl August 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Love it! Thank you for posting this easy and fun recipe! Kids will go bananas over it :) I just posted a monkey-themed birthday party on my blog and linked to this great recipe, http://www.cherylstyle.com/blog/2011/8/8/tweens-and-teens-will-go-ape%E2%80%A8-over-this-birthday-party.aspx

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trina @ best salad recipes August 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

brilliant idea! looks delicious I think I’ll try that for my kids! thank you for sharing :-)

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yaniv August 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

first of all well done its looking graet and its make me want to bite
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Dana August 26, 2011 at 12:40 am

This is genius! :) Thanks so much for the step by step of these cute little bites. Looks yummy!

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bakaneko August 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

if you have someone that doesnt like cherries use the banana that you got with the melon baller. or you can make them into smoothies too.

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Yanna September 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I suggest making these one banana at a time. I made a batch using 4 bananas and I had a difficult time with the melting ice cream.

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Tamlynn October 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

Fun dessert! Having lived in the Eastern US for a while, I know that “jimmies” are “sprinkles” to us in the West, but what is the difference between “chocolate chips” and “chocolate morsels” since the recipe calls for both?

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