It’s time to fall back in love with the banana split. As kids, there was nothing we begged for more than a stop at the closest ice cream shop for our favorite treat. Now that we’re doing the whole adulting thing, the closest thing we get is a protein shake with a banana thrown in. Where’s the childlike wonder in that?! Before the summer is over, make it a point to stock up on the essentials and try one (or a few) of the variations below.

1. Banana Split Bites: You won’t find any ice cream in these bites. When you want something with the classic banana split flavor that’s a tad easier on the waistline, these chocolate-dipped fruit skewers will do the trick. (via Life Love Liz)

2. Banana Split Crepe Burritos: Yeah, you read that right. A sweet crepe rolled around ice cream and banana with a topping of homemade magic shell, peanuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries — hubba hubba. (via My Modern Cookery)

3. Banana Split Cupcakes: No birthday is complete without festive cupcakes, and this banana split recipe won’t disappoint. Moist banana cupcakes with banana custard filling, classic vanilla buttercream, and chocolate dipping sauce are a nostalgic gift that’ll keep on giving. (via Bakers Royale)

4. No-Bake Banana Split Dessert: Next time you’re invited to a summer potluck, be sure to sign up for dessert. This easy dish doesn’t require you to turn the oven on, so it’s perfect for those hot days when you don’t feel like cooking. (via Brown Eyed Baker)

5. Banana Split Fruit Pizza: One slice of this dessert pizza and you’ll be on a sugar high like you’ve never experienced. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to really take it over the top. (via Lemon Tree Dwelling)

6. Banana Split Ice Cream Pie: This Neapolitan dream is a chilly and easy way to have your banana split and eat it too. All you have to do is assemble the simple store-bought ingredients, and voilà — you have a dessert that everyone will love. (via Will Cook for Smiles)

7. Banana Split Kabobs: Brownies, pineapple, strawberries, and banana make for a simple snack that doesn’t require constant refrigeration. String them on a skewer and top with chopped peanuts before serving. (via Lemon Tree Dwelling)

8. Banana Split Layer Cake: This cake is seriously almost too pretty to eat. As gorgeous as it is, it’s even more delicious, making it a crime not to devour every last morsel. (via Life, Love, and Sugar)

9. Banana Split Milkshakes: If a traditional dessert sounds like too much work and you need your banana split fix RN, then a milkshake is the way to go. Load all your favorite toppings along with ripe bananas and ice cream into your blender, and blitz your way to dessert perfection. (via Butter With a Side of Bread)

10. Banana Split Pudding Pops: You can’t have too many fun summer activities to do with the kids, and these pops are bound to keep them busy for at least an hour. Let them dip and sprinkle as they like, and they’ll enjoy their treat so much more. (via The Kitchen McCabe)

11. Banana Split Truffles: These easy-to-grab truffles may look like a tiny scoop of ice cream, but they won’t be giving you brain freeze anytime soon. The unique bites would be a great addition to any birthday spread, young or old. (via The Spruce)

12. Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Split Bites: Yes, healthy banana split alternatives exist, and they are quite delicious. Simply freeze a slice of banana with strawberry jam, dip in chocolate, and top with almonds for an energy-boosting treat. (via Yummy Mummy Kitchen)

13. No-Bake Banana Split Cheesecake: Just when you think cheesecake couldn’t get any better, a no-bake banana-split variation comes along. Why limit yourself to one flavor when you could have three layers of banana, pineapple, strawberry, and chocolate deliciousness? (via The Recipe Rebel)

14. The Ultimate Banana Split: Ahhh, the classic. When done right, the banana split beats out all other dessert rivals, and this one is the ultimate vintage dinner favorite. (via Completely Delicious)

15. S’mores Banana Split Sundaes: Two epic summer desserts meet in this fusion of banana split and s’mores. Thanks to the handy jar presentation, you could serve these on a camping trip with minimal cleanup. (via Brit + Co)

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