~ These Banana Split Dessert Nachos capture all the beloved flavors of a classic banana split … in a super-fun grilled dessert! Crispy, sweetened “nacho chips,” caramelized fruit, and a delicious strawberry sauce. Even better with a little scoop of ice cream! Quick, easy, decadent … and surprisingly nutritious, too! ~
This Recipe Is: • Vegetarian •
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Dessert. A vast, barren nutritional wasteland. Right?
No matter how you try to make mealtimes healthy, dessert is so often when we all just shrug hopelessly and figure we can’t really do any better … so why bother trying. Right???
Uh-uh! Not so fast there!
Dessert doesn’t have to be a complete nutritional loss!
Nope, nope! Dessert can actually be a nutritional win … and you can make it taste amazing in the process!
One of my favorite techniques for making desserts healthier is amping up nutritional superstar ingredients … like fruits and whole grains, both of which can be sinfully delicious and luxuriously satisfying, while stealthily packing in loads of health benefits, too.
These Banana Split Nachos? The perfect example!
Every time I make these, my whole family exclaims happily and piles me with compliments and giddy thanks (really – I don’t make this stuff up). It’s as if I’d just served them the most decadently indulgent dessert ever. Yup. These taste like amazing, sunshine-y tropical, banana split joy.
They don’t feel like a compromise, like a healthy dessert.
But (tee-hee) they actually are!
These dessert nachos are filled with good-for-you scrumptiousness. They’ve got loads of beautiful, sweet, fresh fruit, plus a big ol’ wallop of whole grains and protein (no really – protein in your dessert!) from the crispy-crunchy Flatout chips. All the flavors of a classic banana split, reimagined and better than ever!
Grilling the pineapple and banana adds a deeper, sweeter, caramelized flavor. And stirring the strawberries into a little whole-fruit jelly creates a drippy, lick-your-fingers sauce.
But of course, a banana split just wouldn’t be a banana split without the chocolate!
A small amount of chocolate chips goes a long, long chocolate-y way. Sneaky healthification tip: I often use minis, instead of regular, full-sized chocolate chips, to stretch the chocolate flavor further while using less – those mini chips work their way into every bite, so you get more little bursts of chocolate flavor but can use a smaller overall amount!
Mmmmmmm … and those “nacho chips”!
A dash of cinnamon and brown sugar, plus a few minutes on the grill, transforms Flatouts from a lunchtime sandwich wrapper into delicately sweet dessert chips. Exactly the right thing for scooping up all the warm, drippy-gooey-awesome fruit.
Sounds amazing, huh? (It is!) And you really could leave it at that. As a glorious pile of crispy chips and sweet, juicy fruit. Why go any further?, you might ask. That’s a good question. But …
Oh, right. Ice cream. What’s a banana split without ice cream?
Yeah … now we’re talking perfection.
Just a little scoop of your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt (all-natural, reduced fat … of course! 🙂 ) is all it takes to elevate these fruit nachos to full-on dessert glory. No question … once you dollop on that creamy-cold ice cream, nestled amongst the warm fruit and crisp, cinnamon Flatout chips, dessert is on!
No one will care that it’s so healthy. No one will even know!
- 1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
- 3 tablespoons 100% pure fruit seedless strawberry jelly
- 2 Flatout flatbreads (we use Light Original)
- All-natural nonstick cooking spray or sprayed canola oil
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 "planks" fresh pineapple (cut from about half of a peeled, cored fresh pineapple, see note)
- 1 banana, unpeeled, cut crosswise and then lengthwise into 4 "planks"
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- optional, for serving: your favorite reduced-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (preferably organic or all-natural)
- Prepare and preheat grill.
- In a small bowl, stir together strawberries and jelly. Set aside. (The longer you let this sit, the more liquid-y your strawberry sauce will become.)
- Lightly spray both sides of each Flatout with cooking spray. Sprinkle each side with ¼ teaspoon of brown sugar and then 1/16 teaspoon of cinnamon, using your fingers to lightly rub the sugar and cinnamon to distribute them evenly across the flatbreads.
- Grill the flatbreads over medium heat for about 2 minutes per side, just until they begin to turn golden brown and grill marks form.
- Remove the flatbreads to a cutting board and immediately cut them into triangular "nacho chips" as shown in the photo in the post above. The chips will continue to get crispier as they sit, so if you wait even a couple of minutes before you begin to cut them, they won't cut as nicely and will tend to break into uneven shapes. Set chips aside.
- Lay pineapple "planks" crosswise on grill grates and close the lid. Turn pineapple occasionally to develop grill marks on all sides, which should take about 8-10 minutes.
- In the last few minutes of grilling, add unpeeled bananas to the grill, peel side up and crosswise on grates. Grill bananas on flesh side only, just until gently warmed with sear marks. We recommend that you don't grill them so long that they begin to get hot and mushy, but that is strictly personal preference.
- Remove fruit from grill, and (as soon as it's cool enough to safely handle) peel bananas and cut fruit into thin slices.
- Layer "nacho chips," strawberry sauce, grilled fruit slices, and chocolate chips.
- Serve immediately, with ice cream or frozen yogurt, if desired.
Pineapple: An easy, time-saving shortcut is to grab a container of already-peeled and cored fresh pineapple from your grocery's produce section. Typically sold right alongside whole, unpeeled pineapples, the pre-cored pineapple often doesn't cost any more, but saves a lot of time during prep. Half a pre-cored pineapple should divide perfectly into the four "planks" you need for this recipe. Some grocery stores also sell containers of fresh pineapple, already cored and then also cut into "planks," which is another option if you're short on time, but it often costs notably more.
Grilling: Remember that grills vary widely in temperature settings, so the settings and times you use may need to be adjusted according to your specific grill.