In my childhood home, the barbecue grill was a meat-only affair. There were no vegetable kebabs, grilled asparagus or Portobello mushrooms to be had. I didn’t even realize that grilling plants was a thing people did.
It was only once I was in my twenties and started working as a cater waiter that I discovered there was so much more possible on the grill. Often at parties and banquets, the chefs would have platters of grilled eggplant, zucchini, and red bell peppers. I was surprised at how much nuance and sweetness the grill gave to simple vegetables. And for dessert? Grilled bananas.
Grilled bananas are vaguely like fried plantains. The fiery grates caramelize the bananas just a bit around the grill marks. Inside, the bananas become hot, melty, and gooey. With a simple drizzling of chocolate sauce, it’s a worthy dessert all on its own.
But if you want to take it up a significant notch, make grilled banana splits.
See how to make grilled banana splits in this video cooking demo:
These grilled banana splits are topped with scoops of So Delicious creamy cashew frozen dessert and a generous drizzling of chocolate peanut butter sauce. Think of it as a chocolate peanut butter cup in liquid form.
It’s easy to make the chocolate peanut butter sauce on the stove in just minutes. The 4 ingredients are simply non-dairy milk, chocolate chips, chunky peanut butter, and maple syrup. Then for good measure, I garnished the sundae with chopped vegan peanut butter cups.
I served these banana split sundaes to friends recently for a sweet end to our dinner party. After the main course was finished, I hopped outside to the patio to start the outdoor grill. Since we use propane, it didn’t take long at all to get the grill grates hot. I’d made the chocolate peanut butter sauce ahead of time and just reheated it quickly in the microwave with a splash of non-dairy milk. In less than 10 minutes, our guests had banana splits in front of them.
The warm banana with cool ice cream is a wonderful meeting of textures and flavors. And of course, chocolate, banana, and peanut butter play very nicely together. Our guests had no problem polishing off their desserts and said they were the highlight of the night.
This grilled banana splits recipe was my entry into the So Delicious Dairy Free recipe contest in collaboration with Go Dairy Free. While I was not compensated for my time creating this recipe, I did receive a small grocery stipend.