Aug 24, 2012

Guiltless Banana Split in a Jar



Perfectly portioned banana splits in a jar that are decadently delicious, but won't hurt your waistline!

National Banana Split Day was tomorrow (Aug 25th) and Dole, the world’s largest banana provider set out to create a "No-guilt National Banana Split Day" to inspire food bloggers to make a healthier alternative, so naturally I was all over this!

The original banana split was created in 1904 by a 23-year-old Latrobe, Pa., pharmacist and is now one of America’s favorite desserts. At an average of 1,000 calories, it’s also one of the country’s biggest nutrition offenders.

Keeping the portions realistic, and using nonfat frozen yogurt in place of ice cream allows you to indulge without the guilt. Topped with whipped dairy topping and a cherry, who can resist this simple treat.

And yes, I went with a whipped topping made with real cream (Reddi Wip) because I feel the fat-free creams are just a whole lot of chemicals. Because it's mostly air, it's still relatively low in fat and calories. I'm really hoping someone out there can figure out how to make a healthier yet light whipped cream, the closest I found is truwhip. Hope you all have a great weekend and Happy Banana Split Day!




Guiltless Banana Split in a Jar
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 2 Size: 1 6-oz jar Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 169 • Fat: 1.3 g • Carb: 36 g • Fiber: 1.8 g • Protein: 3.5 g • Sugar: 27.5 g
Sodium: 62 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Dole banana, sliced
  • 2/3 cup nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt (Stonyfields)
  • 2 tbsp Hershey's Lite chocolate syrup
  • 4 tbsp whipped topping
  • 2 cherries for garnish

Directions:

Place half of the banana slices in the bottom of each jar. Top each with 1/3 cup of frozen yogurt, then 1 tablespoon each of chocolate syrup. Finish with with the whipped cream and top with a cherry and get your spoons ready to dig in!

69 comments :

  1. Great recipe for a Friday! Love it! Thanks!
    Kristina

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  2. I was just recently introduced to this website and I am LOVING it, especially when I see yummy stuff like this! This looks absolutely decadent yet I know It's not gonna blow my points away!

    Deb

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  3. Loving this recipe and it's "guiltless," too! I can hardly wait to try this out this weekend.

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  4. This is adorable Gina, love it!

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  5. banana split in a jar looks great, thanks for this lovely recipe :)

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  6. These look great! Where did you get the adorable jars?

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  7. The jars are from Home Goods, small cups would work great too!

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    1. Great! I have a Home Goods near by. I found your blog about three weeks ago after joining WW online. Thanks to your delicious recipes, my family is happy at meal time, and I'm down 6 pounds :) Thanks for helping me so much on this journey!

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  8. YUMMERS! -- ps THANX for being awesome n sharing all these great dishes!

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  9. Gina I just don't know what I would do without you!

    Thanks for keeping me skinny and not deprived and grumpy while I do it!

    xoxo
    Charity

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  10. Oh my!!! My hubby and I both love banana splits. I usually just watch him eat while I just have a banana! Not anymore! YAY! Gina, your my hero!

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  11. Hi Gina- I'm in Northern California and their is a new product that we just had at our weight watchers meeting this week called FOAM. It is delicious and not full of chemicals. It is made with lf milk and sugar. I know currently it is only available locally.
    http://www.skinnywip.com/facts.html

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  12. Awesome! It's about time I will check it out. Thank u!!

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  13. OMG i am totally making this tonight. You are awesome! Favotite food blogger for sure :)

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  14. What a wonderful presentation!

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  15. I love the idea of using those jars! I have to get me a few, so cute!

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  16. This was absolutly delicious!! Instead of buying whipped cream I made some homemade vanilla whoop cream!! *whipped* and chilled it in the fridge for a bit and it was super good! :-)

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  17. AWESOME! I have some of your vanilla bean frozen yogurt in my freezer and my husband and I both bought bananas at the store on accident.

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  18. Banana splits are my FAVORITE!! Feels so good to eat them at a smaller size and STILL be able to enjoy them in a healthier way!! :D SO much more worth it!!

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  19. How about frozen banana turned into an "ice cream" and topped with the fudge and cream? :] Even better!

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    1. I just made some this week, sure would be great too. I little too much banana for my taste though.

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  20. Asian Pork on Thursday, Cajun Pasta tonight, Sweet and Firey Pork Tenderloin tomorrow....and now I must add banana splits for dessert. Love, love, love your recipes!!!

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  21. I made this and absolutely loved it! What a treat! I'm thinking of sprinkling some cinnamon over the whipped cream or yogurt next time - I've heard it's healthy and I'm always looking for ways to include it. Gina, truly, thanks for all of these recipes. They inspire me to eat healthy and not feel punished. :)

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  22. no eggs, less fatty and so yummy! loved it.

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  23. YUMMY - so cute in your little mason jars (and no bowl sides for things to slip out of). I got a little nervous that I missed National Banana Split Day: glad I am right on time to celebrate!

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  24. Why no strawberries &/or pineapple like ina 'real' split? And I second the person who suggested banana 'ice cream' - it's delicious !

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    1. Everyone has different taste, top it with whatever you prefer. And yes, banana ice cream would be great.

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  25. The clicks are so good that I feel like eating it right now :)

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  26. Two ideas.
    Whip non fat milk with a little sugar and vanilla using a hand stick
    or
    vegan option using Coconut milk. super delicious and good for you.

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  27. I love the mini mason jars! Yummy!

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  28. Check out the bamix, it's an emersion blender that claims it can whip 1% milk. I've tried with mine and can't get it thick enough but at the local home fair they did it and it was awesome. I think I don't have the technique down pat.

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  29. May I post your recipe on my blog - giving you credit with your blog address? Thanks. sandie

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  30. All I can say is - WOW, Gina. Love the idea of putting these in jars. Can't wait to make this as a dessert.

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  31. Definitely saving this recipe as a special treat for Mr. M (who loooves banana splits) -- Thanks, Gina!

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  32. Oh. I just assumed everyday was National Banana Split Day.

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  33. that looks so delicious I am dying! And...I'm laughing at what Katie above me said lol

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  34. Wow--and it's 2/3 cup vs. the usual 1/2 cup for ice cream

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  35. I love desserts in jar, look so cute :D
    And banana with chocolate taste delicious :)

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  36. So cute and the same points as a glass of white wine...hmmmm.

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  37. Gina, you can make a low cal version of whipped cream with coconut milk. Here's one of many recipes: http://nuttykitchen.com/2010/06/01/coconut-whipped-cream/ And thank you for the banana split recipe!

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    1. Thanks for the whipped cream recipe using coconut milk. I must try it.

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    2. You're so welcome! It was a lucky find for me, as I love, love, love whipped cream/cool whip. I hope you like it :-)

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  38. Looks decadent! I gave you a Liebster Award, check out the details at http://cookingjamie.blogspot.ca/2012/08/3-years-and-award.html.

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  39. Trader Joe's carries a natural Cool Whip knock off now and it's delish!

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  40. It's official: I'm in love.

    http://www.laurenfoode.com

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  41. There is a recipe for whipped cream made with coconut milk! Paleo friendly :)

    http://nuttykitchen.com/2010/06/01/coconut-whipped-cream/

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  42. coconut milk whipped cream would suit this perfectly

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  43. How big are these jars? Sounds wonderful!! Lee

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    1. They don't say but they hold about 1 cup.

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  44. What an absolutely INGENIOUS recipe!! Thank you SO much for sharing this treat! :D

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  45. From the pictures I was looking forward to trying this until I got to the recipe and realised the only ingredients available in Australia are the cherries and bananas. I would love more recipes with 'real' ;) ingredients please. Whipped topping is particularly hard to substitute as it seems to be uniquely American.

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  46. Looks yummy & easy to make! Pinned :)

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  47. Can this be made ahead of time, topped with a lid, frozen, and then taken to a party?

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  48. This would be great with frozen banana "ice cream!"

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  49. Hey, I have absolutely no idea if you'll ever see this, or if this will ever help anyone, but you can make whipped cream from coconut milk! Just google it for some instructions! (DO NOT USE LIGHT COCONUT MILK)

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  50. This is a Healthy and Delicious recipe. Surely will try to make and eat. Thank you for sharing.
    Josie @ Best Frozen Yogurt

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  51. can this be made diabetic friendly?

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