Chef Jamie’s Grilled Banana Splits

July 06, 2012

Chef Jamie’s Grilled Banana Splits

Chef Jamie says “It doesn’t get much better than this, so fire up the grill…Dessert’s on!”

This recipe makes 6 Banana Split servings and 1 cup Chocolate Sauce.

Banana Splits Ingredients:
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 ripe bananas, with peel and cut in half lengthwise
Vanilla bean ice cream (or your favorite flavor)
Homemade Chocolate Sauce (recipe below), caramel sauce or butterscotch topping
Freshly whipped cream
Toasted whole almonds, roughly chopped

Homemade Chocolate Sauce Ingredients:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate - chips or chopped
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons unsalted cream butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
3 tablespoons liqueur (Kahlua, Frangelico or Chambord)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Banana Splits Directions:
Combine the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small saucepot and cook over medium-low heat until the butter is completely melted and the sugar is dissolved.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
Brush the cut side of the banana halves with the sugar mixture and place the bananas cut side down on the grill. Grill until golden brown and caramelized.
Turn the banana halves over, peel side down and brush each with more glaze.
Grill 2 to 3 minutes longer or until tender.
To serve, place two grilled banana halves in a sundae dish or shallow bowl.
Top with two scoops of ice cream, drizzle with your sauce of choice and top with whipped cream and toasted almonds.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce Directions:
Place the chocolate in a medium-size mixing bowl.
Bring the cream to a boil, then add butter and sugar and stir to combine.
Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate.
Whisk vigorously until melted and combined.
Add your liqueur of choice along with the vanilla and stir constantly until the mixture is cool to the touch.
Warm before serving.


Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author.

For the past 13 years, she has brought the best to radio with her weekly Live Radio Show filled with delicious conversation, heard every Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on KFWB News Talk 980 in Southern California and heard worldwide on iTunes and the Internet.

Jamie can also be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM and she can be seen stirring up something delicious on television shows and in print nationwide. Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on Emeril Live, Martha Stewart and QVC.

She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website,, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.

Recipe Courtesy of Jamie Gwen, 2012