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HG's Top Banana Split
HG's Top Banana Split

Mass A'Peel!
Ice cream... bananas... whipped cream... mmmmmmmmmmm! It's HG's Top Banana Split! MAKE ONE NOW!

Ingredients:
1 small banana
2 ripe strawberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup Breyers Double Churn Free Creamy Vanilla fat-free ice cream
1/4 cup Breyers Double Churn Free French Chocolate fat-free ice cream
3 tbsp. Cool Whip Free, thawed
2 tsp. Hershey's Lite chocolate syrup
4 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip
Optional: 1 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda!)

Directions:
Mash the strawberries until a puree is achieved (warming them for a few seconds in the microwave, if needed, will help). In a small dish, mix the puree with the Cool Whip until completely blended. For a sweeter flavor (optional), mix in half or all of a no-calorie sweetener packet. Place mixture in the freezer until just frozen (do not over-freeze, or it will be hard to scoop). Peel the banana, and then cut it in half lengthwise. Place halves in a long dessert dish with the flat sides facing inwards. Scoop the frozen strawberry/Cool Whip mixture into the center of the banana "boat". Place the chocolate ice cream on one side of the strawberry scoop and the vanilla ice cream on the other side. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the entire banana split, and then squirt the Reddi-wip over the whole dessert as well. Now dig in! MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: 1 banana split (entire recipe)
Calories: 237
Fat: 0.5g
Sodium: 72mg
Carbs: 56.5g
Fiber: 6.5g
Sugars: 32.5g
Protein: 4g

PointsPlus® value 6*

Banana Split, Average
Banana Split, Average

Oh Split!
Ready for some stats? A typical banana split weighs almost a POUND and clocks in with insane nutritionals. Baskin-Robbins' Classic Banana Split has 980 calories and 172g carbs. The 3-scoop split at Culver's contains an outrageous 1,345 calories and 75 fat grams. Ahhhhhhhhh!!! Even if you were to split that split with several hungry pals, you'd still be consuming way more calories than anyone needs from one dessert. And get this -- rumor has it, the frozen disaster that is the banana split was actually invented by a PHARMACIST. (Pssst... what pharmacist thought it was a good idea to put THREE giant scoops of ice cream, too much chocolate syrup, fruit, and mounds of whipped cream together in one dish?!) The banana itself may be healthy, but the wholesomeness of the fruit is lost under the syrup and the cream, both iced and whipped. Instead of indulging in this decadent sundae (which has enough dessert calories for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), try Hungry Girl's guilt-free Top Banana Split!

Serving Size: 1 banana split (typical serving)
Calories: 831
Fat: 34g
Sodium: 250mg
Carbs: 123g
Fiber: 5.5g
Sugars: 98g
Protein: 12g

PointsPlus® value 23*

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  *The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.