Banana Split Bites ~ A classic ice cream dessert gets mini for some bite size fun. And yes, there is actually a tiny scoop of ice cream tucked inside and underneath the whip cream of those little darlings.
For once I made something mini for portion control and not just for the cute factor. My little guy had some friends over the other day and of course with a mom who is a baker, the expectation is dessert will not only be good but it will be fun. And I was asked, by friend Caroline, not to let her boys eat too much dessert.
Keeping all things in mind what I served is what you see here. It was a hit!
Here’s what wasn’t a hit and what I learned.
- Impromptu play dates with four kid’s ages 3-5 year olds after a full work day –not a good idea.
- Know in advance what other kids will and won’t eat. Hungry kids are cranky kids and some cranky kids bite; so no that is not a new tattoo I’m sporting on my arm.
Luckily, dessert made all things right. The banana split mini bites were fun and having two each seemed to be just enough for each kid.
No recipe just a few notes:
- Use firm bananas and cut into 1 inch sections. Leave the peel on for easy handling, and with a melon baller, dig a well in the middle of each banana section.
- Melt chocolate in the microwave and dip the bottom portion of the banana in chocolate and then dip it once again in either non-pareils or chopped peanuts. To quickly harden the chocolate, place dipped bananas in the freezer for five minutes.
- Fill each well with ice cream (I filled mine with vanilla chocolate chip) and top with whip cream and a maraschino cherry.
Most beautiful banana split ever!
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking says
Oh, now this is just TOO cute!!
shelly (cookies and cups) says
These are amazing!!
Beyond cute! I want to make these with my 5-year-old.
Cookbook Queen says
These look so great!!
I LOVE banana splits. I always buy one with good intentions…then I eat about 4 bites and I’m through.
Sigh…I know…I am a banana split loser face.
These, though–I could totally handle.
Kim - Liv Life says
Oh, I love these!!! These will be an absolute hit in our house. We made some frozen, dipped banana pops earlier in the week that were good, but these are even better. Nicely done!
Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says
These are seriously cute. What a great idea for a simple treat made special :).
They look super delish and love that they are so easy to make.
Oh my gosh, did someone really bite you??? No more banana splits for him! LOL Seriously cute dessert. I was totally taken with the first photo, then I’m scrolling down and see you actually hollowed them out to fill with ice cream. You are too much. Just awesome.
Cuteness overload! You’re so good at this whole miniature dessert thing 🙂
Yes, I have a nice multi-color bruise from the bite. He’s going through a biting stage. Luckily, he is an otherwise adorable little boy and his mom and I are good friends, so I quickly forgave the assaulter. 🙂
Cupcake Activist says
Cute idea! I might even freeze the bananas so the chocolate hardens quicker.
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. says
These are the cutest things I have ever seen!
Oh my gosh, these are SO adorable! I don’t think I’d be able to stop eating these, haha.
Rhonda ( The Dainty Baker) says
That’s jst too cute! … love the 100’s & 1000’s!!
Very cute, Naomi! You’re so very creative. 🙂
Kitchen Runway says
These are so adorable!! I’m definitely going to make these soon! Thanks for sharing!
this is genius! who’d think to do banana splits bite sized?! love this. all i need to go with this is a tablespoon of vanilla ice cream. x
I love the peanut suggestion for the bottom, and I think the use of nuts rather than sprinkles would actually make them chic little desserts for a more adult soiree.
Gorgeous, as usual.
Naomi, You are still one of my favorites! You’re so talented and creative. Love this (=
This is such a brilliant idea!!!
Naomi, these are so cute! I have to keep this in mind for my kiddo.
Its looks delicious, i really wanna to taste it ASAP.
AND the best part is this is HEALTHY because it has BANANAS. Haha not sure how well that logic works when it comes to other moms. I personally believe these are the cutest things ever!
This is such a clever idea, Naomi-our creativity floors me every time! 🙂
Gah, sorry I meant your creativity. I certainly need tons of help in that department 😆
Jean at The Delightful Repast says
Almost makes me wish I had young children. Well, not quite, but these ARE adorable!
Adorable! I am going to make these for my daughter using So Delicious coconut milk ice cream and Soyatoo whipped topping!
These look incredible. I’d fill mine with dulce de leche ice cream.
These are beyond adorable! I love love love this idea!
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These are so cute, Naomi.
Laurie@Food is Love says
Absolutely genius idea! I’m sharing it on my Facebook Fan Page… feel free to stop by and say hi! (facebook.com/foodslove)
These are amazing!!
Cat Davis says
That is just plain genius. I can’t wait to try this with my kids.
Wow!! Stunning and simple! Love it!
This is so simple! I love it! I’ve MUST make this soon!
lovely i want to make them form my sons 4th bday party next month.i am only wondering if the banana turns a bit black.how long can they be on the table for?
Mary Hughes says
How long will these stay before the banana starts to turn brown?
Stephanie S says
How do you serve them? Frozen, refrigerated ??
Chris Brown says
Did you try these? Did the bananas turn brown? I want to try for Thanksgiving?
Naomi Robinson says
Stephanie serve them chilled.
I love this idea, with the holidays upon us I have seen several ideas using sliced and peeled bananas. Do they begin turning brown, whats the secret to keeping them looking so fresh??
Okay, this recipe is genius! Great job! Can’t wait to make these in the future. I don’t eat dairy, but I bet it would be easy to sub the dairy with non-dairy chocolate and whipped cream. Yum.
Hi! What a wonderful and great idea. I’m making a blogpost with all kinds of treats for kids and i would love to share your idea and photo. Could you please let me know if you would be fine with that? Thank you so much!
I will of course link to your site for the recipe 🙂
How early can u make these for a party???
Janet Centore says
I want to make these and don’t see any answer on how to stop them from getting brown.?????
Rosanne Robinson says
they look amazing, definitely have to make them for my grandson
These are a great idea!!! I would love to take these for my daughters birthday surprise!! Do you think I can do the bananas, chocolate and sprinkles add the ice cream then out them in the freezer then take them to school add the whip cream and the cherry?? How do I make sure they don’t turn brown?
OMG your a genius, just what I have been craving, very dietary if you use chocolate ice cream made totally out of bananas and cocoa, or yogurt, having this for dessert tonite.
Hi there… I would like to do these for my kids party. I would have to do it in advance but I am worried about the bananas turning brown. Any tips or suggestions?
I LOVE this idea and would like to do it for my kids party. I would have to prepare it in advance. Any tips to stop the banans turning brown? Do you think I should rather not make them for the party (you’ve made them before so you’d know)?
so cute ideas brilliant,iamgoing to try it for a nephew’s party