Electrolux #splits: Banana Turon Split
It’s summer. It’s hot. I have a craving. I deserve a treat. All valid causes for ice cream. But today, my version of a banana split actually is for a good cause. Foodbuzz is supporting Electrolux and Kelly Ripa in their effort to increase awareness of…
It’s summer. It’s hot. I have a craving. I deserve a treat.
All valid causes for ice cream.
But today, my version of a banana split actually is for a good cause.
Foodbuzz is supporting Electrolux and Kelly Ripa in their effort to increase awareness of and raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) by sponsoring a posting challenge and Top 9 Takeover. For every Featured Publisher that creates and writes a post on a Banana Split, Foodbuzz will donate $50 to the OCRF, and they will be considered for a special Top 9 Takeover on Monday, July 19th. You too can help out by building your own virtual Banana Splits for a Cause at Kelly Confidential.
On a personal level, I just had to make a Banana Split for a Cause. Both my parents had cancer; one survived, one did not. I lost an aunt to ovarian cancer. This post is for them.
So, I know what you’re thinking. Where’s the banana? Oh, it’s in there. And it’s split!
When I thought about this challenge, I couldn’t help but call to mind all the tropical flavors of classic Philippine desserts. One of these is the Turon, a fantastic cross between a strudel and an egg roll, filled with sugar sweet ripe plantains and jackfruit. Not to be confused with the Spanish Turrón or Italian torrone, this is a different delicacy altogether, often sold by street vendors for an afternoon merienda (snack), or in my family’s case, as a dessert at gatherings. Although traditionally made with plantains, it can also be made with bananas, and this is exactly what I did today, since the plantains I bought for this split took maddeningly long to ripen. I will give you instructions on how to prepare Turon later in this post.
As for the rest of this shockingly colorful Banana Turon Split, I couldn’t resist using Magnolia Ice Cream, a treat that used to required a plane ride to Manila. These days, it can be found in your local Asian market, and I love its light and creamy texture, as well as its tropical flavors. I chose Coconut, Mango, and the purple Ube, or Taro flavors and topped it with ribbons of macapuno, a Philippine variety of coconut. The crunchy, caramelized bananas and jackfruit, creamy coconut and ube, and the sweet tang of mango served up giant spoonfuls of nostalgia…that did not require a plane ticket.
6 medium bananas or 3 very ripe plantains*
1 can/jar Drained Jackfruit**
⅛ teaspoon brown sugar (for each turon)
egg roll or lumpia wrappers
Cut banana in half, and split lengthwise (if too thick, consider cutting each half into three pieces). If using plantains, cut in half, then cut each half into 3 slices . Place on top of lumpia wrapper and top with 2 or 3 thin strips of jackfruit (to cover length of banana). Sprinkle ⅛ teaspoon of sugar over top of fruit. Roll into shape of eggroll, seal edge with a dab of water. Fry in canola oil until golden brown on each side.
Beautiful banana split, man it looks good. Like what is better than fried bananas with ice cream…oh right, nothing. :)
Sorry to hear about your loss, it is great you are doing this for such a great cause. If only more people in this world had as beautiful of a heart as yours! Have a great weekend…I am now craving something fried. Poo -_-
Hi Joy! Thanks for stopping by – I’m so glad you liked it – I agree, fried bananas and ice cream rock. Your banana split was AMAZING – just stunning, really. I’m so glad we both got to create lovely splits for such a good cause. It affects too many people.
Wow!! This is gorgeous – the colours are just stunning!
LOVE the ube ice cream, jackfruit and macapuno! I think I’ll make me a tropical sundae for dessert! See, what you’ve done?!?!
I’m happy to enable, Denise!! Enjoy your dessert!!
What a beautiful and unique split! Thanks for sharing these flavors and recipes with us. I always enjoy learning about different flavors from across the world!
Thanks Jessica! The beauty of these global flavors is that we can easily find them now in the US! Travelling by grocery store is always fun :)
Hi Liren – I featured your banana split on my Weekly WOW! I thought you did a great job with it!
Hi Ruby – thank you so much for featuring it on your Weekly WOW! That is so thoughtful, and I am honored to be featured with such beautiful creations!
+1,000 points because it’s a Filipino dessert! :) love the idea, never thought of a turon banana split before and that dessert/merienda is just right before my eyes like all the time! well-done :) a fellow foodie tagged me as a versatile blogger but, no doubt, you deserve it more. hence, i forward the versatile blogger award to you :)
Thella, thank you! I’m so flattered that you thought of me for the versatile blogger award – I am really honored!
Such a creative way to make a banana split! Thank you for sharing your story. A good cause, indeed. Cheers!
Thank you, Trish! I’m so glad you liked it :)
Wow! I could go for that right now!
Thanks, Rick – it really is a very tasty banana split!
I love the Filipino twist on your banana split with the tropical ice cream flavors! Cancer affects so many lives… Glad you made this for a good cause.
Thanks Judy – I’m glad you liked it!
I have been inactive from Fb for a while… glad to see this Pinoy version of Banana split. very brilliant! I love turron with langka! Buti, there’s magnolia in your place…. U
Yes, I’m so fortunate that Magnolia is now available here. If only they offered their Magnolia chocolate milk, too. Do they still sell that there?
Excellent banana turon split! I miss Magnolia ice cream (my favorite was mais); although I can find it here, it’s quite expensive. With that said, this is such a special treat, it may well be worth the cost go enjoy this truly fantastic Filipino twist on the split! 8-)
Thanks, Tracey! It’s true, the price of Magnolia can be more expensive, but I’ve noticed the prices have gone down in the last few years. Plus there was a sale at my local Asian grocer (yay!). It’s still cheaper than a plane ticket though!!!
Beautiful colours! Those ice cream containers look like paint pots! But yummier…
Ruby, you’re right! They do look like paint pots!!
Very original and very beautiful:)
What a great post featuring turon. Our banana split post that we submitted features turon also. It’s a unique way to add some Filipino flare to the dessert.
Lando, like I said on your blog, great minds think alike. I LOVE how you added Nutella to your turon! I am definitely trying that next time.
OMG! Turon!! With ube ice cream… yummy! Definitely perfect for summer!!!
Absolutely perfect for summer (though I’d be happy to eat this any time of the year!).
What a cool take on a banana split! Love it!
Thanks, Marisa! I’m glad you like it :)
Awesome pictures! I’m so happy to see how everyone’s splits ended up different from mine. Just goes to show the flexibility in any traditional dessert or meal.
Thanks! It really is remarkable all the creativity and flavors that have emerged for this benefit!
I love that you used turon. Now I want some macapuno ice cream :D
I’ve been going to town on the macapuno ice cream, combined with an extra heaping of macapuno on top…need to work out a little extra this week :)
Great take on a gourmet split! Good luck!!
Thank you, Mary!
Love, love, love this twist on the split :)
You have me craving turon this week!
Thanks, Julie!! Wish I could ship a batch to you!!!
What a colorful and original creation for a worthy cause. I’ve never had purple Ube ice cream or turon but would love to try them!
Hello Priscilla! Oh, you must try the turon…and the ube ice cream. If you’ve ever had taro frozen yogurt, it’s quite similar!
Ooo, this banana split looks like absolute heaven.
Are filipina? My husband is half! :)
Hi Roxan. Yes, I am!
I’m loving that purple ice cream, I have to find me some of that! Thanks for supporting such a great cause, sorry it’s affected you!
Hope you do get to try the ube ice cream – it’s one of my favorites!
This sundae makes me smile…happy, fresh colors and originality. Nicely done for such an important cause.
Thanks, Cristina! I love the happy colors in this too!
Another stunning post, Liren! You know, I’m not one for banana splits, but your turon look awesome!
Thanks, Brian! Don’t like banana splits? Well just go straight for the turon, then!!!
Love your filipino version of the banana split. Ube ice cream is yummy! It’s just not safe to have around my house! :-) And the turon!
I agree, it is positively dangerous having ube ice cream in the house. I’m afraid I’ve been consuming a lot of it lately!
Be-yu-tee-ful! That eggroll strudel looks awesome.