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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.
Grilled Banana Sundaes with Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce! These dairy-free sundaes are so incredibly delicious, you will want them over and over again this summer! Grilled bananas topped with coconut cream, homemade chocolate hazelnut sauce.
Happy Birthday to Me! Well, almost. Is it still OK to declare a birthday month after you settle into your thirties? Since I’m at my sister’s house in Virginia for the week, snuggling with my 3-year and 1-week old nieces, it feels like I get to celebrate my birthday all week long. Baby hugs in the morning, imaginary tea parties in the afternoon, and amazing dinners with family in the evening.
The older I get, the more I relish the importance of family get-togethers with very little plans. I’m looking forward to making the most out of our lazy days this week, without trying to cram a million things in like we normally do on vacation.
I made these sundaes on Saturday night as a way to usher in the celebratory week. Grilled bananas, soft whipped coconut cream, the most incredible chocolate hazelnut sauce and plenty of sprinkles for topping. If you’re looking for a healthier approach to the banana split, this is it.
I’ve been really digging the idea of banana ice cream lately, as the perfect sweet treat to end a meal with. I don’t know if it’s my older and wiser taste buds, but I’ve noticed how off-putting sweets have been lately. Since I’ve been actively trying to cut down on our all-over sugar intake, even basic items like donuts and ice cream have been tasting cloying sweet, one or two bites and I’m done.
Of course, I’m not complaining. I wanted this to happen! The farther your taste buds get from overly sweet foods (artificially sweetened foods included), the more sweet natural items taste- like fruit! So, while these grilled banana sundaes might not be the exact same as a triple-layer sundae, they were enjoyed by the entire family- my 3-year old niece loved it so much she ate hers and then finished the rest of mine.
I really wanted the chocolate sauce to be reminiscent of nutella: lots of chocolate with a hint of hazelnut. I used dark chocolate as my base here, but if that’s not sweet enough for you, go ahead and swap in milk chocolate or 1/2 dark chocolate and 1/2 milk chocolate. Not a fan of hazelnuts? No problem, swap in peanuts or almonds instead.
Then, let the ice cream fun begin! I served this as a bar-grilled bananas wrapped in foil to keep them warm alongside various bowls of toppings. Isn’t food so much more fun when you get to assemble your own? Must explain my obsession with Chipotle and now, SweetGreen.
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Grilled Banana Sundaes with Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce! These dairy-free sundaes are so incredibly delicious, you will want them over and over again this summer! Grilled bananas topped with coconut cream, homemade chocolate hazelnut sauce. Gluten-Free and Vegan.