Banana Split Bites

Who doesn’t like a good banana split? A classic banana split has three scoops of ice cream (one each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) served between a split banana. The ice cream is usually served with pineapple sauce, chocolate sauce, and strawberry sauce drizzled onto the ice cream, then crushed nuts (generally peanuts or walnuts), whipped cream, and topped with a maraschino cherry. Who doesn’t want to end their day with a banana split?

This recipe for banana split bites doesn’t have ice cream, but it does have chocolate. Although, you could dip the fruit in some ice cream or have the banana split bites with a side of ice cream. A banana split bite has one strawberry slice, one banana slice, and one pineapple chunk with the bottoms of each fruit dipped in chocolate, nuts on the chocolate, if desired, and the fruit is placed on a skewer like a kabob. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, then this recipe is perfect for you because it has a mix of fruit with a decent amount of chocolate.

Bananas are good for supplying your body the right amount of potassium, fiber, and magnesium it needs. Just one banana contains 467 mg of potassium, which is important for controlling your heart rate and blood pressure.

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fiber, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavonoids which makes strawberries bright red.                                                      

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Pineapples are good for immune system support because they contain half of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain. Pineapples are also good for bone strength, eye healthy, and digestion.

Chocolate is good for lowering your cholesterol levels, preventing memory decline, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Eating these three types of fruit with a little bit of chocolate can be beneficial towards your body in so many different ways. Why not eat them in a fun way like as banana split bites? Follow the recipe below to making a healthy snack of banana split bites that can be very helpful for your body and to keep it healthy and happy.

INGREDIENTS:

Serves 12; 3 pieces of fruit on 1 skewer, 12 skewers in total.

  • 3 Bananas
  • 1/4 lb Cored Pineapple
  • 6 Strawberries                                                 
  • 1 cup Dipping Chocolate                   
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts (optional)                                
  • 12 Popsicle Sticks (or skewers)

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DIRECTIONS:

  • Cut strawberries in half.
  • For each strawberry half, cut an equal size piece of banana and pineapple.
  • Place pineapple on first, then banana and lastly strawberry.
  • Place in freezer for 10 minutes.     
  • Line a tray with wax paper or parchment paper.
  • Put chopped nuts in small plate to use for dipping.
  • Melt chocolate by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  • Dip cold fruit in chocolate, then into nuts (if desired), then place on prepared tray. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to be served.

Make a healthy version of a banana split to have during parties or to feed to your kids for a fun and healthy snack. What child wouldn’t get excited for banana split bites? Just saying the words banana split will make someone smile. Get your kids excited by giving them banana split bites for a snack and they’ll love to eat fruit when it’s snack time.

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