Ever since I found out that today is Banana Lover's Day, I haven't been able to stop thinking about one thing: a banana split. I can't remember the last time I had one, but I'm definitely getting the fixings to make this treat later tonight. As much as I would love to make my own ice cream, sauces, and caramelized nuts, I'm going to use store bought stuff and jazz it up with homemade whipped cream. I always have heavy whipping cream on hand and it only takes a few minutes to make. To meet me in banana split heaven,

Banana Split
From Martha Stewart
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1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
4 bananas, peeled and split lengthwise
4 (about 1/2 pint) scoops coffee ice cream
4 (about 1/2 pint) scoops chocolate ice cream
4 (about 1/2 pint) scoops hazelnut ice cream
1/2 cup Chocolate Syrup
1/2 cup Caramel Sauce
Walnuts, optional
Fresh or brandied cherries, optional

  1. Make whipped vanilla cream: In a medium bowl, whip cream and vanilla-bean seeds with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
  2. Place 2 banana halves in each of four dishes.
  3. Top with 1 scoop each of coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut ice creams.
  4. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and caramel sauce. Top with whipped vanilla cream, walnuts, and cherries if using; serve.

Serves 4.