Banana Split with Pineapple and Maple Walnuts


The South Arm Community Kitchen completed the meal with a dessert. Minoo prepared a Banana Split recipe with a twist.

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This Banana Split with Pineapple and Maple Walnuts is just the right size and not as indulging as the version served at the stores. I like the portion size and the addition of the pineapples with a slight sourness to counter balance the sweetness of the ice-cream.

While we were enjoying our meal, Minoo shared with us some tips for a healthy lifestyle and a cleaner environment, starting from our own kitchen. Here is the link to the tips.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 15 ounce can crushed pineapple, in natural juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, preferably freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 ripe, firm bananas
  • 6 scoops vanilla light ice-cream or frozen yogurt, 1/4 cup each
  • 6 fresh mint leaves, for garnishing, optional
  • Maple Walnuts for toppings (refer Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Walnuts recipe)

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Source: unknown via Minoo

Serves 6

Oh!, I learned something new about banana from a NCIS: Los Angeles show and it is also mentioned in Wikipedia.

Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive, more so than most other fruits. Small amounts of the isotope is found in naturally occurring potassium.


Instructions

Banana-Split-with-Pineapple-and-Maple-Walnut-2Combine the pineapple with juice, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon in a medium saucepan.
Banana-Split-with-Pineapple-and-Maple-Walnut-4Cook over medium heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and the juice is reduced somewhat, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
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Peel the banana and cut in half crosswise.

Cut each banana half lengthwise, being careful not to cut all the way through.

Banana-Split-with-Pineapple-and-Maple-Walnut-7Split the banana halves open and place each one on a small dessert plate.
Banana-Split-with-Pineapple-and-Maple-Walnut-8Top each banana with 2 1/2 tablespoons of the warm pineapple mixture.
Banana-Split-with-Pineapple-and-Maple-Walnut-9Top with a scoop of ice-cream. Sprinkle with some Maple Walnuts. Top each with a mint leaf, if using, and serve.

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