Gone Bananas

I'm all about the bananas this week, apparently. Close on the heels of banana muffins and banummus, now we have a banana split! This week I received an email from Foodbuzz about how they are teaming up with Kelly Ripa and Electrolux to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). In order to further this effort, Foodbuzz will donate $50 for every single post on banana splits by their featured publishers, of which I am one. Pretty cool, huh?

Unfortunately, I don't like banana splits. Not even a little. I didn't when I was a kid, and I don't know. I figured I was out of the running for this one blog event . . . unless either my palate or the nature of the banana split changed. So I decided to try making my own version of the banana split.

Ice cream-topped banana splits still don't whet my appetite, so I considered what else I could load my split banana up with. Lately I've been making loads of April's chocolate protein cakes like they're going out of style, spreading each little cake with a healthy slather of almond butter. But I thought that the protein cake could use a little extra embellishment . . . such as gracing the top of a banana split.

Behold my [very modified] version of the hallowed banana split! After slicing a banana in half down the middle, I topped it with protein cake crumbles, peanut butter, blueberries, and shredded coconut. A drizzle of maple syrup may also have found its way onto the very delicious pile. Check out a bird's eye view:

No, it's not your traditional banana split, but I purport that it's even better. Now it's your turn. Do you like banana splits? If so, what's your favorite recipe or toppings concoction? Also, be sure to visit Kelly Ripa's Foodbuzz page to learn more about the OCRF, the related fund-raising, and to contribute -- for free! You can build your own virtual banana split, and each virtual split you create contributes another dollar to the OCRF.

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