This is our banana-enriched version of the Hot Date sundae, served at Poppy restaurant in Seattle. Add a shot of rum to make this even more provocative.

Ivy Manning
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Recipe Summary

1 hr
3 hrs
4 hrs
Serves 4


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Instructions Checklist
  • Purée 2 bananas, 2 tsp. sugar, and the lemon juice in a food processor. In a large bowl, fold purée into ice cream, leaving streaks. Freeze until firm, 3 hours.

  • Melt butter, brown sugar, and salt in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add dates and 1/2 cup water and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes.

  • Whisk cream with remaining 1 1/2 tsp. sugar and the vanilla in a bowl until soft peaks form.

  • Divide bread among 4 bowls. Slice remaining banana. Scoop ice cream into bowls and top with banana, dates and sauce, whipped cream, and nuts.

Nutrition Facts

832 calories; calories from fat 37%; protein 8.1g; fat 34g; saturated fat 17g; carbohydrates 134g; fiber 8.8g; sodium 244mg; cholesterol 98mg.