Grilled banana split sundaes

Grilled bananas take the classic banana split to new levels paired with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and the ultimate hot fudge sauce.

Grilled banana split sundae

Bananas on the grillToday is not a day for kidding around. We are going right for it with this insane banana split ice cream sundae recipe and I’m not going to lie, if you don’t make this over the weekend, I’ll be judging you just a little. Because guys, THIS is the stuff dreams are made of.

Grilled banana split sundaeWhen I was a little girl, my mom would often take us for ice cream sundaes and waffles at the local ice cream shop. My eyes were always bigger than my tummy and I would want a milkshake AND a Sundae and pretty much 100% of the time that would result in me not being able to finish either and having a stomach ache and so my mom told me I had to choose one. And without fail, I would always choose a banana split. I just loved the fruity flavours accompanied by the creamy ice cream, swirls of whipped cream and fudgy chocolate sauce. And the cherry. Oh, the cherry on top. I would always save it for last because it was my favourite bit. And now, many years later, I still have a soft spot for banana splits.

Grilled banana split sundae

This version with grilled banana is pretty off the charts though and elevates that timeless classic to new heights. I grilled the bananas on our trusty Weber 57cm Mastertouch with GBS (Gourmet BBQ System) braai because pretty much all winter long so far, we’ve been braaing something on this braai every week.

I wanted to do a dessert because it’s not something you usually done on a braai but the options are endless and don’t have to stop at simple s’mores. I sprinkled the bananas with a little brown sugar before grilling them flesh-side down until they were beautifully brûléed and then served them with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, softly whipped cream and what I think is the best chocolate sauce I’ve ever made. It was so fudgy and rich and chocolatey and my suspicions were confirmed when C (he who loves ice cream and chocolate sauce so much, it’s a little weird) licked out the pot and asked for more. This is perfect weekend food and will have your family and friends drooling for more.

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Grilled banana split sundae

Grilled banana split sundaes

Grilled bananas take the classic banana split to new levels paired with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, whipped cream & the ultimate hot fudge sauce.
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Course: Dessert, Ice cream, Sundae
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


for the hot fudge sauce

  • 1 x 385g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup cream whipping/heavy
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 150 g milk chocolate broken into pieces

for the grilled bananas

  • 4 bananas halved lengthwise, skins kept on
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar

for the banana split sundaes

  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • cherries
  • fresh strawberries


  • To make the hot fudge sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and melt together. Remove from the heat before it reaches boiling point and set aside.
  • Braai the bananas over medium-hot coals until they start to soften. The sugar will burn quickly so keep a close eye on them.
  • When the bananas are grilled, serve with scoops of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, drizzle with the hot fudge and add the strawberries and cherries.
  • Serve immediately.