Banana Split…for Breakfast?

August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm 50 comments

Oh yes, it’s possible!

I am on a breakfast roll these days! Although I’ve always been a breakfast eater, lately I’ve been really excited about switching things up and listening to what my body is craving. This morning I had a banana split…but “healthified”…and it didn’t include ice cream…sorry to disappoint some of you :)

I used cottage cheese for the “ice cream” since it scoops up nicely (in comparison to yogurt) but if you aren’t a fan of cottage cheese, use plain Greek yogurt for that protein punch! I’ve topped the “split” with all-fruit preserves for extra sweetness and added ground flax, chia seeds and chopped nuts for some extra fiber and crunch. Feel free to make this your own by switching up the ingredients and/or adding toppings to your liking (ideas below). Don’t think this dish has to be reserved for breakfast, it makes a healthy snack as well!

According to lifespan.org, this is how you build a balanced breakfast:

They recommend that breakfast should provide at least one quarter of the calories you need for the entire day. Most nutritionists agree that a good breakfast contains the following ingredients:

  • At least one serving of  fiber
  • At least one fruit and/or vegetable
  • Milk or another source of calcium
  • Protein, i.e., from meat, cheese or eggs

I think my banana split fits the bill – you get fiber from the ground flaxseed, chia and chopped nuts, there are several fruits involved (nana + berries), and dairy and protein from the cottage cheese. I think we have a winner!

Breakfast Banana Split 

Ingredients

1 banana, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup cottage cheese (I used 2% but any will do)
1 -2 Tbsp all-fruit preserves (I used mixed berry)
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp chia seed
1 – 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (but almonds, peanuts, pecans would all be yummy too!)

Other options: add nut or seed butter or in place of the preserves, shredded coconut, coconut butter, replace cottage cheese with high-protein Greek yogurt, sprinkle with cinnamon, raisins, other fresh fruit, goji berries etc!

Directions

1. Place two banana halves in serving dish or bowl. Add scoops of cottage cheese on top of banana. Drizzle with fruit preserves (if you want it to look pretty and have more of a drizzle consistency, add a small amount of hot water but this is just for aesthetics) and garnish with flax, chia and chopped nuts. Enjoy!

This recipe is featured at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Amy’s Simply Sugar and Gluten Free blog this week!

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50 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Food Lover in Texas  |  August 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    This looks scrumptious!!! Could you substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese?

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    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  August 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, it tasted yummy too! The substitution would change the flavor slightly but I think you could if you prefer the taste of ricotta :)

      Reply
  • 3. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  August 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    OK, YUM! I could just imagine my cherry sauce over that, a couple of peanuts and some carob chips. Oh, my, this is what I want for breakfast tomorrow…

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    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  August 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Peanuts, chocolate/carob and bananas are already an amazing combo in my book – add some cherry sauce and it would be REALLY yummy! I was actually in the mood for peanuts yesterday but I had already eaten them up :) I’ll give your combo a go sometime!

      Reply
  • 5. Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife  |  August 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I am making this tomorrow! Breakfast can get SO boring when it’s healthy, but you just made it 10000000times more interesting. Thanks!!

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    • 6. naturalnoshing  |  August 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      Glad I could help, Lauren! I hope you enjoy it! : )

      Reply
  • 7. Jean  |  August 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Yum! What a fabulous breakfast / snack idea! I think I’ll try mine drizzled with honey and add some fresh berries in place of the fruit preserves.

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    • 8. naturalnoshing  |  August 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Jean! Fresh berries and honey would be wonderful!

      Reply
  • 9. Elizabeth  |  August 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I’m always looking for more ways to use my chia seeds! This looks awesome!

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    • 10. naturalnoshing  |  August 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      I LOVE chia seeds! I could eat them in almost anything, and I find them so fascinating! Are you a fan of chia pudding?

      Reply
  • 11. Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite  |  August 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Awesome idea!!! Love new creative ideas for breakfast! Love your blog, glad to be a new follower :)

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    • 12. naturalnoshing  |  August 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Jess and thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Always nice to meet a fellow blogger! I need to try your Banana Caramel Overnight Oats – they sound and looks amazing!

      Reply
  • 13. toritakesabite  |  August 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Came across your site while blog surfing, absolutely love this idea! I’m always looking for healthy yet satisfying bfast ideas.

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    • 14. naturalnoshing  |  August 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks for checking out my blog! I need to try out your “Yong Tau Fu” – I’m always looking for new ways to eat tofu :)

      Reply
  • 15. Charissa  |  August 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I’m sure I’ll be trying something similar thanks to your inspiration! So ultra, ultra fun!

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  • 16. Meg's Everyday Indulgence  |  August 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Oh my, this sounds great and it’s so creative! I think I will try it with yogurt…my little guy would love this!

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    • 17. naturalnoshing  |  August 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Meg! I especially think kiddos would like this idea but it’s yummy enough for us grown-ups too! :)

      Reply
  • 18. kathleen  |  August 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    This is awesome. What a good idea! I have some natural yoghurt and cranberries which are looking like this weekend’s breakfast topping now!!

    Thanks :)

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    • 19. naturalnoshing  |  August 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Yogurt and cranberries sound like great toppings! Enjoy Kathleen! :)

      Reply
  • 20. Kelley  |  August 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    What a cute presentation! I guess I need to try some chia seed, this is the third time I’ve seen this in a recipe this week!

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    • 21. naturalnoshing  |  August 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Kelly! Chia is one of my favorite ingredients – it’s a funny little seed and I highly recommend you giving it a try! :)

      Reply
  • 22. Tres Delicious  |  August 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Breakfast will never be the same again. It looks to me like that once I try it one of this days. This is simply fantastic!

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    • 23. naturalnoshing  |  August 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you! It’s always fun to bring creativity to a meal :)

      Reply
  • 24. Meghan  |  August 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Yummy!! What a neat idea. I’ll have to try this some day with Greek Yogurt. Maybe it will somewhat satisy my eternal craving for a Banana Split which I haven’t had in over ten years!

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    • 25. naturalnoshing  |  August 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      Greek yogurt would be great in this! Maybe you can trick your mind and tummy into thinking it’s the real thing? :)
      You could always try making low cal almond milk ice cream or protein ice cream with a faux chocolate sauce if it’s doesn’t do the trick!

      Reply
  • 26. Nicole@eatdrawlive  |  August 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Nora,
    I just love your website and recipes! This one sounds perfect for me since I love all those ingredients. Keep them coming…

    Reply
    • 27. naturalnoshing  |  August 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Nicole! Your “cleansing salad” looks SO good, and your photo is beautiful!!

      Reply
  • 28. sensitiveeconomist  |  August 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    What a wonderful recipe! And the pictures look fabulous! I look forward to making this myself. Have a wonderful day.

    Reply
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    This is the coolest ever. It really looks like banana split. I will most definitely make this asap and link to this post once I do :)

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      Thank you so much Kammie! It’s tastes yummy too :) Hope you enjoy it!

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