Every kid loves banana splits! They’re just one of those desserts that you dream about when you’re little. This Breakfast Banana Split Recipe is a healthy spin on a banana split that can be enjoyed for breakfast.
Hi there! It’s Alyssa again from Simply Quinoa and I’m so excited to be back sharing another healthy recipe with you. Today…it’s all about recreating a classic kid-friendly dessert and turning it into one epic breakfast.
Let me guess…when the word banana split is mentioned in your house, suddenly everyone seems to be jumping off the walls with excitement (kids and adults included!). That’s definitely how it is for me! But banana splits weren’t something we were allowed to have often growing up – my mom knew how unhealthy they were and how sugar-crazy we would get afterwards – and because of that, they’ve always been one of my favorite desserts.
I mean really, who wouldn’t love a giant pile of ice cream, candy and whipped cream in front of them?
So how happy would your kiddos be if you told them that banana splits were for breakfast? If they’re anything like me, they’d be jumping for joy. Especially since it’s a fun, hands-on breakfast too!
This super fun, healthy and delicious spin on a classic banana split is totally breakfast-worthy, since it’s packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, fresh fruit and very little sugar.
These breakfast banana splits start off like a traditional banana split: with sliced bananas as the base. Then instead of the ice cream, we’re adding a generous helping of greek yogurt. (I chose to use coconut milk greek yogurt, but you can use which ever variety of yogurt your family enjoys)
Then it’s time for the fun part: toppings!
This is where it’s super fun to get the kids involved. You can set the whole meal up on the counter or table like an ice cream sundae bar, with bowls of different toppings so they can pick and choose what they like.
Here’s what I used:
As you can see, my banana split was topped with quinoa crispies (essentially the same as rice crispies just made from quinoa!), hemp hearts for some protein, cacao nibs for some chocolate flavor without additional sugar, and fresh berries.
Other toppings you could choose:
- toasted coconut
- sliced almonds
- plain oats or granola
- goji berries or other dried fruit
The possibilities are endless!
Finally, in true banana split fashion, this decadent breakfast needed a sauce.
I was feeling the banana-peanut butter combo, so I whipped up a quick peanut butter sauce. All it is is homemade peanut butter, water and a touch of maple syrup. Just a little drizzle on top and it was time to dig in!
Breakfast Banana Splits
- Peel the two bananas and slice them lengthwise. Arrange them on a plate and top each with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.
- Sprinkle the remaining toppings evenly atop the Greek yogurt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of water and maple syrup. Add additional water (or maple syrup) until sauce reaches a consistency which can easily be drizzled.
- Drizzle sauce over the splits and serve!
Alyssa is the blogger and cook behind Simply Quinoa, a gluten-free website dedicated to healthy food, always with a little quinoa twist.
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie