We love simple, easy-to-make desserts. And no other sweet treat is more delicious than the nostalgic, all-time classic banana split. Sweet and soft ripe bananas topped with silky melted chocolate. Simply decadent.

Today we bring you a twisted version of this classic dessert: banana split with couscous and melted chocolate. An easy, under 15 minutes recipe that you can enjoy with your family and that leaves a lot of space for you to experiment in your kitchen.

Grab the ingredients and get ready!

Recipe by Simona Novarini

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 people


  • 50 ml of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon of bitter cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 30 gram of Martino Integral Couscous
  • 100 grams of dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate nibs
  • 3 ripe bananas


Prepare the couscous filling
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add 50 ml of whole milk, one teaspoon of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of bitter cocoa powder and bring to a simmer.

When the cocoa milk is simmering, remove from the heat and sprinkle 30 grams of Martino Integral Couscous. Make sure to distribute the couscous evenly and leave it aside for 4-5 minutes until all the water is completely absorbed.

Now the couscous should be fully hydrated. Fluff it with a fork. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate grains without crushing them to give the couscous a light, fluffy texture.

When ready, pour the couscous in a mixing bowl and toss inside 1 tablespoon of chocolate nibs. Mix well with the help of a spoon and your filling mixture for the banana split is ready.

Prepare the bananas
You will need 3 ripe bananas for this recipe. First, peel off the skins, and then cut each banana into quarters. Make sure to cut the ends of the banana so that each of the pieces can sit flat on the surface of your plate.

Use a vegetable peeler, or any other sharp tool that comes in handy, to hollow out the inside of each banana piece, making sure to cut through the bottom.

Remove the center and line up all the banana quarters to fill them in.

Stuff the bananas
With the help of a little spoon take a small amount of the cocoa couscous mixture and fill in each of the banana centers. Make sure to fill each completely. At this stage, you need to be careful to not break the bananas open, especially if they are too soft or overripe. After stuffing the banana leave them aside and prepare for serving.

Melt the chocolate
In a small non-stick pan melt 100 grams of dark chocolate. You can also use the bain-marie method.

Roughly chop the chocolate into small pieces, about the size of sugar cubes. Set chocolate pieces in the bottom of your metal or glass bowl, making sure it’s heatproof. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small not melted chunks, remove bowl from heat (the residual heat will melt the rest).

Ready to serve
Place the stuffed banana pieces on a serving plate or tray. Fill a spoon with the melted chocolate and pour it over the bananas, to cover their top side.

Your couscous banana split is ready to serve! If you are feeling whimsical, add a chocolate ice cream ball to your serving plate, sprinkle with chopped nuts and dive into the decadence of this sweet treat.

No one can deny the perfect match of chocolate and banana. But add a little bit of cocoa couscous on it and you have a new level of satisfaction. Enjoy this mesmerizing sweet treat that is ready to make in just 15 minutes and don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to receive all the delicious Martino’s recipes directly in your inbox!

For the adventurous, don’t miss this opportunity to add your personal touch to the dessert. Mix your nuts, dry fruits. Try it with white chocolate, try it with all kinds of ice creams. But don’t forget to leave a comment to tell us all about it!

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