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by Liz Revilla
Vertex Education Ambassador, Nutrition

Prepared by Rima Manomaitis


  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup diced kiwi
  • 4 tablespoons granola


  • Whisk almond butter, cacao powder, water and 1 tablespoon maple syrup in a small bowl until smooth.
  • Whisk cream and the remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup in a small bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Arrange 2 banana halves on each of 4 plates. Scoop Greek yogurt on top of the bananas. Drizzle the almond sauce over the yogurt. Top with the kiwi, granola, and whipped cream.


Servings: 4 servings (1 banana with toppings)
Calories: 440
Protein: 26 grams
Carbohydrates: 50 grams
Fat: 15 grams


  • To INCREASE calories: Double the amount of almond sauce drizzled on top (+105 calories per serving).
  • To DECREASE calories: Omit the whipped cream topping (heavy cream & maple syrup) (-150 calories per serving).


Use gluten-free granola.

Did you know….

Kiwi fruit was named for its resemblance to the kiwi bird from New Zealand? The kiwi bird has a round body with brown feathers.
Kiwi contains many important nutrients? Try kiwi for a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium and folate?
Among health and beauty junkies, kiwi fruits are popular ingredients in DIY face masks? Kiwis are rich in alpha hydroxy fruit acids, which are ideal for exfoliating, nourishing and anti-aging.
The small black seeds found in kiwi fruits are edible, and they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids? Some people choose to eat the whole fruit, skin and all, for added nutrients.

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