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Reinvented: Banana (mousse) split

The banana split has always been a little awkward. All ice-cream here and whipped cream there and — yup — even a cherry on top. Well, it’s about time the ungainly dessert went from garish to glamorous.

Banana split mousse

Gone are the days when a banana split was the dessert equivalent of an ’80s perm — large, loud and just a touch tacky. It has been reinvented to better suit today’s stylish aesthetic and lend itself to modern-age cocktail soirees, bachelorette parties and baby showers. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the banana mousse split: a tasty package of banana mousse, chocolate-walnut cookies, ice cream and — of course — that cherry on top. Here’s how you can make it for your next impressive get-together.

Banana mousse split

Serving size 4

Part 1: Make the cookies


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Walnuts
  • Butter

Banana split mousse ingredients part 1



Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Banana split mousse split part 1


Beat the butter and sugar

Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Banana split mousse split part 2


Add the egg

Add the egg, and mix.

Banana split mousse split part 3


Add the cocoa and nuts

Add the cocoa powder, baking powder and walnuts, and mix.

Banana split mousse split part 4


Mix in the flour

Using a spoon, mix in the flour until well combined.

Banana split mousse split part 5



Spread the cookie dough over a tray lined with baking paper or grease, place in the oven,
and bake for 15–20 minutes (until it’s no longer gooey in the centre).

Banana split mousse split part 6


Cut the cookies

Pull the cookies out and, using a glass or cookie cutter, cut out circles.

Banana split mousse split part 7


Layer the cookies

Once they’ve cooled, place one or two cookies at the bottom of a glass or jar, and move on to part 2.

Banana split mousse split part 6

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