There aren’t too many people who don’t love a delicious banana split either as a dessert, sweet snack or even for breakfast. But what about a very healthy banana split that is delicious, organic, and non-dairy? And yes, you can even add ice cream made from a healthy ice cream recipe. This healthy banana split recipe contains organic fruit, organic almond butter, organic granola, and raw honey–all nutrient-dense ingredients.
I admit I don’t believe I’ve ever had a banana split, healthy or otherwise, for breakfast–until now. And who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast, anyway? Beginning your day with some fresh organic fruit, organic almond butter, non-dairy yogurt, and a bit of raw honey is not only healthy but downright delicious.
Simple and quick to make is the name of the game for this healthy recipe. And you can use any organic fruits you and your family prefer. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different fruits that are fresh and in season. If you have kids or grandkids, let them come up with their own version. In fact, a banana split breakfast bar is a great idea for weekends! Both kids and adults will love it!
Prefer to use yogurt instead of healthy ice cream? Go right ahead. There are many healthy, non-dairy yogurts on the market that are delicious. Just be sure to look at the ingredient list. Silk makes some delicious dairy-free yogurts, so you may want to begin with this brand.
Health Benefits of Bananas
Let’s talk about bananas. The health benefits of bananas are amazing. The average banana contains about 14 grams of sugar. But don’t let that scare you. These are natural sugars, not added refined sugars such as those found in baked and packaged snacks. Since fruit sugars are bound up in fibrous cell walls and contain water, they don’t have the same blood glucose level impact that processed sugars do. In addition, the average banana also provides six grams of fiber, which helps prevent spikes in your blood sugar when you eat it.
Another of the amazing health benefits of bananas and one that research supports is that potassium-containing foods, such as bananas, may help you experience more restful sleep and have a better mood. Published in Hypertension Research, a 2018 study found that people who had less potassium in their blood experienced sleep patterns that were more disturbed and less restful. Who doesn’t need more restful sleep?
I highly suggest using only organic fruits. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts. People with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods. Organic produce contains fewer pesticides (R).
Health Benefits of Raw Honey
Also, be sure to add the raw honey. Raw honey also has some very amazing health benefits. In fact, some raw honey every day is beneficial, healthwise, to most people. Raw honey can help with everything from low energy to sleep concerns to seasonal allergies. Switching to raw honey may help weight-loss efforts compared to diets containing refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Does raw honey actually exist? Since beekeepers don’t own the tens of thousands of acres surrounding their hives, they have no control over what their bees are bringing home. Organic honey isn’t impossible. It’s just beyond the ability of most beekeepers. Certainly, some of the honey labeled as “organic” may actually lack pesticide traces (R). So if you can find actual organic honey, go for it!
Healthy Banana Split With Strawberries, Blueberries, Almond Butter, Raw Honey Recipe
Makes 1 banana split.
- 1 banana, sliced in half lengthwise
- 1-2 tablespoons of organic almond butter
- 1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt or one scoop of healthy ice cream
- 1/2 cup cut-up organic fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
- 1/2 cup organic granola
- organic mini chocolate chips (yes, some companies do sell organic chocolate chips)
- organic flaked coconut
- Slice a banana lengthwise and arrange it on a plate or in a bowl.
- Spread the almond butter over the banana.
- Scoop 1/2 cup yogurt on top. Use a cookie scoop – 3 small scoops. However, you can use a spoon as well. If using ice cream, place a scoop on top of the almond butter.
- Sprinkle cut-up fruit and granola over the top
- Drizzle raw honey over the top.
Try to source organic ingredients and in-season fruit. Your local farmers’ markets will be full of fresh, in-season, and organic fruits during the spring and summer months.
Many companies sell organic granola – both online and in grocery stores.
If you’ve never heard of SAD, it stands for the Standard American Diet, which is usually void of essential vitamins and nutrients. It’s a diet that our kids consume way too much of, in my opinion. My best advice is to focus on eating healthy and organic foods as much as possible. Try consuming a “clean and healthy” diet for one month, eliminating all processed foods and refined sugar. Make a checklist of how you feel before and after eating a healthy diet. You can slowly introduce certain foods back into your diet, one by one, to see how you feel. However, if you see a big difference in how you feel, you may not want to go back to many of the foods you were consuming.
I’ve found that when my clients “go clean and healthy,” they are astonished about how quickly they begin to feel better as well as their rising energy levels — both physically and emotionally. And when they try to reintroduce foods they were used to eating, how much worse they begin to feel. These two sentences are better than all the research available, in my opinion. Eat healthy — Feel Well!