Breakfast Banana Splits
When it comes to recipes, cheap doesn’t have to mean boring. These breakfast banana splits are fun to prepare and even more fun to eat – and are extremely affordable.
My #1 tip for people looking to save money on food is to start incorporating more budget-friendly foods into their diet. Bananas are on top of that list of affordable foods. Often costing between $.59 and $.89 per pound, you really can’t go wrong with this healthy and, yes, versatile food.
This recipe incorporates budget-friendly bananas in a totally fun and delicious way.
What You’ll Need
A traditional banana split is topped with ice cream, syrup, nuts, and a maraschino cherry.
Breakfast banana splits, are topped with much healthier ingredients, appropriate for the first meal of the day:
- Yogurt: Any kind will do, regular, Greek, dairy-free, etc. Because of the sweetness of the fruit, I like to used unsweetened yogurt.
- Cottage cheese is a good alternative to yogurt
- Peanut butter or almond butter
- Fresh berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and/or blackberries
- Nuts: Chopped pecans, pistachios, walnuts or almonds
- Other toppings: Raid your pantry for ingredients like granola, cacao nibs, flax seeds, chia seeds, etc.
How To Make A Breakfast Banana Split
The process is simple, and starts with carefully making a slit in the banana. Avoid cutting all the way through the banana!
To assemble, simply spoon yogurt onto the split banana, and top with fresh berries and other toppings.
Alternative idea: Set up a banana split bar. Provide dishes, bananas, and set all toppings in individual serving dishes so guests can scoop their own toppings.
Do You Need A Special Banana Split Boat/Dish To Serve A Breakfast Banana Split?
Definitely not! I try to avoid buying special dishes that are only useful for one type of food. So while a banana split boat is ideally sized for breakfast banana splits, you can also use a bowl or other suitably-sized serving dish.
You might think you’re eating dessert for breakfast, but don’t be fooled: These banana splits are quite healthy!
Here are some other recipes that incorporate delicious and budget-friendly bananas in creative ways:
- 4 bananas
- 1 cup unsweetened yogurt
- 1/4 cup almond or peanut butter
- 1 cup chopped fresh berries (your choice of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds or pistachios)
- 1/3 cup granola
- Optional other toppings: Cacao nibs, chia seeds, flax seeds
- Cut a slit in each banana, lengthwise. Don't cut all the way through. Place banana in serving dish or bowl.
- Top each banana with 1/4 cup yogurt, nut butter, berries, nuts, granola, and optional other toppings.