One of the many, fond, childhood memories I have, is when we’d all pile into Chevy Impalas, Thunderbirds, and various rag-top “muscle cars”, and head to the nearest Dairy Queen on a hot summer night! As soon as the adults would announce the evening’s surprise, we’d RACE to the cars, barefooted and covered with dirt from the day’s adventures, hop into the backseats, and laughter, smiles, giggles and “car songs” would immediately break out in the anticipation over what special treat we’d soon be swooning over! Much debating would entail over what the “ultimate choice” would be!
My favorite was always simply a small cone with vanilla ice cream that was skillfully double-dipped into a glorious pot of hot, creamy, golden, melted butterscotch that magically turned into a crispy shell as soon as it coated the icy cold, creamy, soft-serve ice cream with the cute little curl on top!
As we’d pull up, the bright lights against the dark, twinkling sky made your eyes light up, and the loud chatter would come to an instant, simultanious halt! Now was the time to start considering your choices because this was serious business! Then….we’d see the line…the line that always seemed endlessly long! Thinking everyone in town must’ve had the same idea! But we’d all stand in our places, wait our turn, saying hello to people we knew, slap the mosquitos and try to catch all of the lightning bugs that were drawn to all of the excitement! It was almost scary when it was finally your turn! (Would my mind go blank? Would I forget what I waited so long for?) But when that little tiny window would slide open, and that rush of wonderfully icy-cold air hit you, you came to your senses and remembered at the last second just what you wanted! “A banana split, please!” Just kidding! 😉 I always remembered! 🙂
But as I got older, banana splits were so much fun to share with a friend! The “strawberry side” was always my favorite, so whomever I was sharing with was always happy to get the “chocolate side”! The pineapple part in the middle was shared “even Steven”, but unless you ordered an extra cherry, that crown jewel was worth fighting over, lol! The bananas, whipped cream and chopped nuts were icing on the cake! And the melted part on the bottom, when everything mixed together, was the very best part! Oh, that dreamy, creamy melted ice cream with all of the goodies combined! You can still just taste it!
Well, we strangely don’t have any DQ’s where we live now, but I don’t need the extra calories anyways. So this is my healthy and wholesome alternative that tastes just like a banana split I kid you not, minus all of the calories and fat! How AWESOME is that?? And TRUST me, it does, in fact, taste JUST like a banana split! I was so very happy with this one and my hubby was in 7th heaven! Banana Splits are his ultimate favorite, no doubt dating back to his own childhood DQ experiences! So if you’re longing for something that takes you back, without all of the extra fat that settles on the hips…you. will. love this!! Hope you’re enjoying the summer so far, and especially hope you find this as much of a royal, yet healthy, indulgence as we did! Enjoy!
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GUILT-FREE BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE with GREEK YOGURT
Makes 2 servings
1 large frozen banana, halved, peeled, and cut into pieces
1/2 cup (rounded) fresh frozen strawberries
1/2 cup (rounded) fresh frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 Tbl. honey
1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbl. chocolate syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (6 oz.) container Chobani Greek yogurt
1 (6 oz.) can pineapple juice
finely chopped or ground pecans or chopped peanuts
In blender, add ingredients, in order, for easy blending. Blend on high until well blended and smooth. Pour into 2 glasses. Top with any Optional Toppings as suggested above, or enjoy as is.