The Ultimate Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Split
Elvis would be so proud.
Traditional banana splits include vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream and are topped with pineapple, strawberry and chocolate sauces, then garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream and the all-important “cherry on top”. While it certainly sounds good, I have never been a fan. At all. I just never enjoyed the flavor combination. Each of the elements on their own I love, but put them together and I don’t want to go anywhere near it. My solution? A banana split, my way. And in my world, nothing goes better with a banana than peanut butter and chocolate. Well, we all know that I go gaga over any type of chocolate/peanut butter combination, and since both pair so well with bananas (and ice cream!) this is pretty much the ultimate banana split in my mind.
A few weeks ago Electrolux and Kelly Ripa invited some bloggers and their little ones to NYC to help spread the word about Ovarian Cancer Research. The kids were able to use ice cream and a seemingly endless array of toppings to create their ultimate banana split. If you visit the Kelly Confidential website, you can create a virtual version of your ultimate banana split. For each virtual banana split that is created, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In addition, Electrolux has also teamed up with Foodbuzz and is donating $50 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for every banana splits post by a Featured Publisher. This coming Monday Foodbuzz is having a “Top 9 Takeover Day” – all of the Top 9 posts for the day will be banana splits created by Featured Publishers to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. While ovarian cancer has never affected anyone in my family directly, plenty of other cancers have, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a donation made and spread the word.
So, head on over and create a virtual banana split and $1 will be donated for each one. Then, rush off into the kitchen and make this amazing peanut butter and chocolate banana split!
Ultimate Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Split
3 scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream
1 banana, sliced lengthwise
Hot fudge chocolate sauce
Peanut butter, melted in the microwave
Handful of peanuts, roughly chopped (or whole, if you prefer)
Place the three scoops of ice cream in a shallow bowl (or long, shallow ice cream dish if you have one). Cradle the banana halves on either side of the ice cream. Drizzle the hot fudge sauce and melted peanut butter on top of the ice cream. Garnish with peanuts and chocolate sprinkles. Top each ice cream scoop with whipped cream, and then a cherry. Enjoy!