If you make the rounds of the food blogs over the next few days, I’m sure you’ll notice something strange: lots of banana splits. The reason? Foodbuzz is sponsoring a posting challenge and “Top Nine Takeover” to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).

For every Featured Publisher that constructs a post around the theme “The Ultimate Banana Split”, Foodbuzz will donate $50 (up to $5000) to the OCRF.

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Now I’m not one to indulge in something like a banana split all that often (and I certainly wouldn’t blog about it if I did!), but my grandmother died of ovarian cancer, so you can bet I support this cause. So above is my ultimate banana split, made with sliced bananas, homemade organic vanilla bean ice cream (recipe below), hot fudge, whipped cream and a real cherry…I don’t do maraschinos!

Easy Organic Vanilla Ice Cream
Adapted from the recipe for Philadephia-Style Vanilla Ice Cream in The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

*1 cup organic heavy cream
*2 cups organic whole milk
*¾ cup organic sugar
*seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

2. Freeze in your ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

I know you probably want to go grab a real banana split right now, but before you do, head over to Kelly Confidential and build a virtual one! For each virtual banana split you make (1 per day), Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF on your behalf (plus you’ll be entered to win some great prizes)!


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    Liz the Chef — July 15, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    I lost my best friend of 25 years almost 10 years ago to ovarian CA – she underwent every horrible procedure available to prolong her life, for 4 awful years. I loved her, my best friend, Amy. Thank you for your efforts, Winnie –

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    Maria — July 15, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    Great dessert for a great cause!

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    Monet — July 15, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    What a wonderful cause…my grandmother fought Ovarian cancer and has been in remission for 5 years. I wish I hadn’t been traveling this week…I would have loved to participate. Thanks for your work!

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    yasmeen — July 16, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    Looks amazing :D

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    Carol Egbert — July 16, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    The fresh cherry on top makes the banana split all the more healthy. Well done!

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    Evan Thomas — July 16, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    I’m impressed at how easy that recipe is! I’ve made a lot of ice cream, but never just pure vanilla.

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    Sara — July 16, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    i got the book! so gorgeous, thank you! I’m excited to read through it :)

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    A Teenage Gourmet — July 17, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    If you don’t “do” maraschinos because they’re made with HFCS and such. Organic versions are now possible! :)

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    megan — July 17, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    Ohhh, that ice cream sounds so rich and decadent. I thimk I need some!