Healthy Dessert Ideas: Banana Split

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Did you ever imagine your fondly-remembered childhood desserts would be recommended as healthy options? We’re not about to rehabilitate the knickerbocker glory, but its fruity cousin the banana split can help you achieve your goals if you make this reimagined version. It swaps trans fat-rich ice cream for protein-packed natural yogurt, helping you add lean mass. 

With a generous serving of nuts, you’re getting plenty of healthy fats and protein, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals – here’s a reminder of why we need to eat healthy seeds and kernels. Berries are full of vitamins and antioxidants to fight damage caused by free radicals, and you even get chocolate sauce – dark, naturally, to provide a hit of heart-healthy antioxidants. 

Banana Split Recipe

832 calories


  1. Slice the strawberries in half and the banana in half lengthways. 
  2. Arrange the fruit and nuts in a bowl or glass, top with frozen yogurt, then drizzle over the honey and melted chocolate.

Ingredients (Serves One)

  • 1 banana, sliced 
  • 2 scoops of frozen yogurt 
  • Handful of strawberries
  • Handful of blueberries 
  • Handful of raspberries 
  • 25g almonds 
  • 25g hazelnuts 
  • 2tbsp honey 
  • 30g 85% dark chocolate, melted


We plugged the ingredients into Myfitnesspal, one of the best weight-loss apps for calorie counting, to get approximate nutritional values for this recipe. One serving of banana split contains approximately 832 calories, 107g carbohydrate, 43g fat, 17g protein and 14g of fibre. This is not a low calorie snack, by any means, so should be enjoyed as an occasional treat or on days when you’ve been particularly active. 

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Between 2014 and 2015, Andre Jackson was the web editor of Men’s Fitness UK, which predated and then shared a website with Coach. A love for climbing ropes and boarding slopes, he doesn’t have the most traditional of workout plans but he’s obsessed with finding out how much protein he can get from everything. His favorite gym move is double wave battle ropes, his favorite sports are football and snowboarding, and his personal best is conquering a V6 bouldering climbing wall.