A Classic Summer Treat Gets a Pretty Plate Makeover: Banana Split Kabob Board
Do you love banana splits, but hate when the ice cream melts and then sooner or later you find yourself in a sticky sweet mess? Me too! My banana split kabob board can solve that problem! I skewered fresh fruit for easy eating, then drizzled them with melted dark chocolate, topped them with soft shredded coconut, salty chopped peanuts and served with creamy whipped cream on the side for fun dipping!
With this board you can have your dessert and be healthy too! It is the best of both worlds. Plus, this easy summer treat can be done in 20 minutes or less. I decided to use melted dark chocolate that hardens as opposed to hot chocolate sauce because I wanted to eliminate the mess. In addition, when you sprinkle the toppings on the chocolate before it hardens, the toppings stay in place better.
I love banana splits, they remind me of my childhood when I used to take trips to Dairy Queen on hot summer days. But, one thing that I don’t love about banana splits is: the mess. Those childhood memories also bring back my ice cream melting, causing my boat to over flow with a cream and chocolate hot sauce mixture... and before I knew it, I found myself cleaning up this mess that was dripping everywhere or I was eating it so fast that I couldn’t enjoy the full experience. SAD.
This board is so fun and can be great for any occasion. It‘s perfect for those family friendly activities, a date night in, girls night or large gatherings. It makes for a pretty display and will definitely be a show stopper! You can truly indulge in this dessert without the guilt.
Serves 4-8 OR Makes 8 skewers. INGREDIENTS:
2-3 Bananas, cut in thicker slices
8 Strawberries, with the top cut off
8 Fresh pineapple chunks (I purchase already cut ones for faster prep and to make things easier)
1 Jar of maraschino cherries
5 Oz. dark chocolate wafers, melted (I used Ghirardelli brand) ** I melted in a pot, then transferred to a squeeze bottle, it was much easier to drizzle over the top this way and also makes for a prettier presentation **
Bamboo skewer sticks
1 Can of whipped cream
Slice bananas and set aside. Wash the strawberries and slice the tops off. Chop your peanuts. Place them in separate bowls.
Take a few cherries out of the jar and carefully pat them down with a paper towel to get rid of some extra juices. I do this step because I do not want red cherry juices dripping all over the board and the other fruits. It makes the process cleaner.
To construct your kabobs, start by skewering one banana slice, then a pineapple, then a strawberry, followed by a cherry and then another banana. Repeat this process until you have your desired amount of kabobs. Set them up on your board or plate as you would like.
In a non-stick pot over medium to low heat, melt your dark chocolate wafers. Once they are all melted, remove pot from heat. Once the chocolate has cooled a bit (stir frequently to ensure that the chocolate is not hardening) transfer to a squeeze bottle, then place the top on.
Drizzle your melted chocolate from the squeeze bottle over your banana split kabobs. Immediately sprinkle your coconut shavings and peanuts over the top of the kabobs and chocolate that is on your board or plate.
Garnish the board with a few extra cherries and whipped cream piles that have some open spots.
Enjoy immediately or place in the fridge for later. If you are consuming later, I would wait to add the whipped cream until right before serving.
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