CEimB Banana Splits with Pineapple Topping

by Joanne on March 3, 2011

This week’s pick is by Shandy of Pastry Heaven.  What a treat!  We love bananas in this house and ice cream never lasts too long.  This was a great reward for working hard all week.

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I bought a fresh pineapple from the store last weekend but it didn’t last long enough to be used in this terrific dessert. Luckily, crushed pineapple is one of my cupboard staples and readily on hand.

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The Banana Split Shared by Two (although this recipe will serve 6)

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  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed pineapple, in natural juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Demerara Sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon *cinnamon is my favorite spice
  • 3 ripe, firm bananas
  • 6 scoops Starbucks Mocha Peppermint Chip Ice cream

Ellie used Brown sugar, not Demerara but I had the Demerara on hand so went with it.

Ellie used 1/8 tsp cinnamon, but I just love cinnamon so used a full teaspoon.

The ice cream was suppose to be a light vanilla or frozen yogurt with a mint leaf garnish. The mint leaves in the store looked AWFUL! Those brown, dried up leaves weren’t going to top my food. So I opted for a mint flavored, FULL FLAVORED, NO LIGHT, ice cream and what’s better than Starbucks?!!!

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Mix pineapple (do not drain),lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan. Cook over a medium heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves, about 3 – 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

Cut the bananas in half crosswise, then half lengthwise. Place banana sections on small dessert plates. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, then 2 1/2 tablespoons of the warm pineapple mixture. Now enjoy with your honey or honeys or family, maybe even a sweet indulgence with friends. Any which way – ENJOY!

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8 Comments

  • At 2011.03.03 07:36, Heather said:

    OMG, you totally had me at “banana split” in the title!!

    • At 2011.03.03 08:18, Lori said:

      Yum! I bet with fresh pineapple it would be nirvana!
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      • At 2011.03.03 11:39, Judy said:

        Fantastic dessert. It just needs some chocolate drizzled over top to make it perfect!
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        • At 2011.03.03 14:45, Mary said:

          your looks so pretty. we loved it too and will definitely make it again.

          • At 2011.03.04 07:08, chaya said:

            Spectacular. Who thought banana splits would be an Ellie choice?
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            • At 2011.03.04 23:34, Shandy said:

              WoW! Gorgeous! Love your choice of Starbuck’s Mint ice cream too. I always have issues with recipes that ask the cook to strain the juice or open a full can but only use so many tablespoons.

              Thank you for cooking along with me this week!
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              • At 2011.03.05 15:13, Liz said:

                This looks so good! I didn’t get a chance to make it yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it tonight 🙂 Peppermint Mocha ice cream sounds dreamy!!
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                • At 2011.03.06 19:39, Kayte said:

                  Love that with the extra fruit in it, too! So cute with the two spoons in one dish…how romantic! We loved this and I was surprised how easy it is…can do it easily while washing up the dishes from dinner!

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