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Healthy Banana Splits (Vegan + Paleo)

Healthy Banana Split – Turn a banana into a healthy banana split with a few simple toppings. This fun, snack (or breakfast!) feels like such a treat! (Gluten-Free, Vegan, or Paleo)

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Now, THIS fruity snack is a treat that feels extra fancy and fun. Kind of like our apple nachos, a healthy banana split is a way to elevate fruit into a fun snack your kids (and you!) will be extra excited to eat.

We build our banana splits with a few simple ingredients, but you can get as creative with toppings as you like. Depending on what you top them with, you can even serve these for breakfast!

Here’s how you turn a simple banana into a fun, healthy banana split…

Healthy Banana Splits with Yogurt, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and berries on a white plate
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HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A HEALTHY BANANA SPLIT:

  1. Start by slicing a banana lengthwise. 
  2. Add a large dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt. (You can also use flavored yogurt if you prefer!)
  3. Sprinkle with granola, chopped nuts, or other goodies (see the next section for a list of ideas!)
  4. Add a little fun with some chocolate shell if you want! (It’s just 2 Tbsp allergy-friendly chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp coconut oil)
  5. Garnish with allergy-friendly mini chocolate chips or some sprinkles (these are dye-free!)
Overhead view of Healthy Banana Split with coconut yogurt, vegan chocolate shell, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, nuts, and a strawberry on a white plate
Healthy Banana Split with coconut yogurt, vegan chocolate shell, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, nuts, and a strawberry on a white plate

FUN GOODIES TO PUT ON A HEALTHY BANANA SPLIT:

You can build these banana splits as healthy or as much of a treat as you like. Besides a big scoop of yogurt and a banana, you can mix and match from some of these toppings…

  • SPRINKLESThese ones are dye-free
  • MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS – We love these allergy-friendly ones
  • GRANOLA – We’ve been into this brand lately. Get 20% off your first order with this link!
  • CHOPPED NUTS – Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts…the sky’s the limit!
  • SHREDDED COCONUT. Coconut is so yummy with bananas!
  • PEANUT BUTTER OR ALMOND BUTTER. I love a little peanut butter with chocolate and banana!
  • STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, OR CHERRIES. Add something pretty and colorful on top!
  • TOFFEE BITS – Not vegan or paleo, but really yummy if you eat dairy!
Healthy Banana Split with Coconut Yogurt, Vegan Chocolate Shell, Peanuts, Chocolate Chips, and a strawberry on a white plate
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FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST HEALTHY BANANA SPLIT:

GO FOR THE RIGHT RIPENESS. This is a bit of a personal preference thing, but you’ll want to use bananas that match your favorite ripeness. I love my bananas *just* barely ripe when they’re still a touch firm. My daughter prefers hers on the spotty and soft side.

OUR FAVORITE DAIRY-FREE YOGURT BRANDS. If like us, you’re dairy-free, you’ll want to go for a dairy-free yogurt. We like CoYo (not CoCoYo), So Delicious, and Culina lately, but you can also get good ones from Chobani and Yoplait!

MAKE THESE AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE OF A TREAT AS YOU LIKE. If you’re eating these as breakfast banana splits, you’ll probably want to keep them pretty healthy, with options like yogurt, nut butter, granola, and fruit. If you’re eating it as a treat or snack, feel free to make it more treat-like with chocolate, sprinkles, etc.

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Healthy Banana Splits (Vegan + Paleo)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Healthy Banana Split – Turn a banana into a healthy banana split with a few simple toppings. This fun, snack feels like such a treat! (Gluten-Free, Vegan, or Paleo)


Ingredients

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FOR HEALTHY BANANA SPLITS:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop (about 1/41/2 cup) vanilla yogurt
  • chocolate drizzle (optional)
  • Toppings (see list below)

CHOCOLATE SHELL (OPTIONAL):

  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil.

TOPPING IDEAS:

  • sprinkles, granola, chopped nuts, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, toffee bits, shredded coconut, raisins, mini chocolate chips.

Instructions

TO MAKE A HEALTHY BANANA SPLIT:

  1. Start by slicing a banana lengthwise.
  2. Add a large dollop of vanilla yogurt to the center. (You could also use plain or flavored if you prefer!)
  3. Sprinkle with granola, chopped nuts, or other goodies (see the list above for ideas)
  4. Add a little fun with some chocolate shell.

TO MAKE CHOCOLATE SHELL: 

  1. In a small bowl, combine chocolate chips + coconut oil. Gently melt in the microwave a few seconds at a time until the mixture is completely smooth and drippy. Drizzle over banana split. (You’ll only need a little for each banana split)
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Amer

Keywords: healthy banana split, healthy banana splits, breakfast banana split,

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Healthy Banana Split with Yogurt, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and berries on a white plate with text that reads "One Lovely Life. Healthy Banana Splits--a fun snack or treat! Paleo + vegan-friendly"
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Healthy Banana Split with Yogurt, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and berries on a white plate with text overlay that reads "Paleo + Vegan-Friendly Healthy Banana Splits. Such a fun snack or treat!"
Healthy Banana Split with Yogurt, Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and berries on a white plate with text that reads "One Lovely Life. Healthy Banana Splits--a fun snack or treat! Paleo + vegan-friendly"
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2 Comments

  1. We would make something similar as kids: “banana boats.” It was a favorite after school snack. Your kids may enjoy. As long as you have a toaster oven, it’s easy! Make a boat or bowl shape out of foil for your banana. Fold the sides up and over. Add your split banana, PB or AB, and some chocolate chips! Toast or broil until melty. Watch to ensure it doesn’t burn, and remove your hot banana boat carefully. Mmm!

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