Jump to Recipe

Banana Split Affogato

This Banana Split Affogato recipe is the perfect way to end a meal. But I wouldn’t judge you if you indulged at breakfast time. Vanilla ice cream and espresso pair with the traditional banana split toppings for an incredible treat. Extra sprinkles, required.


What’s the cure for the Monday after a really, really fabulous weekend and prior week? Usually I would say COFFEE! But um, today, coffee is definitely not going to cut it. I spent most of last week hanging out with Superior Farms in Sonoma having an absolutely amazing time learning everything there is to know about sheep, wining and dining, and hanging out with some fabulous people (see my trip details here and here!). But on this Monday morning, I’m heading back to work and trying to come down off my traveling high. It’s not easy, my friends… At all.

So instead of a regular Monday morning coffee, I’m proposing that we all start our day with affogato today. I mean, it’s a totally logical choice, given that it’s espresso… with ahem, just a little bit of ice cream. Which, I’m sorry, but when we’re talking about Monday morning, ice cream is allowed. You don’t have to tell anyone if you’re too embarrassed to. Or you can shoot me an email and confess to me and I’ll tell you it’s OK and that you are beautiful and strong and deserve only the best. I will be your support system.

This affogato isn’t just any affogato either… It’s a banana split affogato. And to be honest, I’m not really sure if that makes it more or less acceptable for breakfast. The bananas, strawberries, and walnuts are making me think this is an A-OK breakfast food. But the chocolate sauce and sprinkles (fine and probably the maraschino cherry, too) are obviously more dessert focused. But this morning, I just don’t care. Sprinkles are helping me come to terms with reality and if that’s what I need, that’s what I’m doing.


First thing first, you may be wondering what the heck affogato even is. OK, so it’s technically not a breakfast food. At all. It’s a dessert. An Italian dessert involving ice cream and espresso. Basically, the ice cream (or gelato) is put in a glass and a shot of espresso is poured over it. The ice cream melts into the espresso and omg it’s so good and the perfect way to end the evening after a really good meal. Oh, and sometimes liquor is added to affogato, too… usually amaretto. Yum. I almost always order affogato when I see it on restaurant menus, but it’s so easy to make at home yourself. And it’s also fun to put different spins on it… Like with this banana split affogato.


And hey, this affogato is pretty easy to throw together on a Monday morning. Really, all you need to do is scoop some vanilla ice cream into a heat-proof glass or coffee mug. Top it with half a sliced banana, some sliced strawberries, walnuts, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and as many sprinkles as your heart desires.

From the top view of banana split affogato with lots of sprinkles, strawberries, nuts, and chocolate sauce and sprinkles and nuts in the background

Then comes the important part… Espresso. Pour it on over the top of the ice cream. I brewed my espresso using my Nespresso machine, but brew yours however you want. If you don’t have access to espresso, strongly brewed coffee will do the trick.

Birds eye view of cup of ice cream, bananas, strawberries, sprinkles, nuts, and a cherry, with espresso being poured over the top for banana split affogato

Don’t forget that maraschino cherry. Seriously, even if you don’t like them; it’s totally necessary to complete the dessert (or, um, breakfast). You’re also totally justified in adding even more sprinkles over the top at this point.

From above shot of banana split affogato with lots of sprinkles and a cherry on top and bowls of sprinkles and nuts in the background

Now, grab a spoon and dig in. Monday, who??

I’ve been really into banana split inspired treats lately and I’m not at all interested in stopping. They are the best of so many different worlds. I didn’t think they could get any better, but then I discovered how to pair them with coffee with this banana split affogato, which changes everything.

Close up shot of banana split affogato with sliced bananas, strawberries, nuts, sprinkles, and a cherry on top

Is this really so different from adding lots of cream and sugar to your coffee? I think not. These days, people are mixing butter into their coffee, so I’m pretty sure you can’t look down on me for adding in a couple scoops of ice cream.

Close up of banana split affogato with a cherry on top and bowls of sprinkles, nuts, cherries, and sliced bananas in the background

Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes affogatos have liquor in them, so I’m calling this a tame one and adding more sprinkles. I said good day, sir. Good MonDAY.

Seriously though, I hope you have a good day. I’ll be sitting over here in my office envisioning myself back in Wine Country (real talk: when can we more to Healdsburg?? Today? OK, cool) and eating ice cream for breakfast. With coffee. Lots of coffee.

Would you or wouldn’t you have a little ice cream for breakfast?

If you like the idea of combining ice cream and coffee together, be sure to check out my Birthday Cake Oreo Coffee Ice Cream and my Caramel Coffee and Doughnuts Milkshake. I also NEED to try these Coffee Affogato Popsicles from Sheri Silver ASAP!

5 from 2 votes
Banana Split Affogato -- Ice cream and espresso with all the traditional banana split toppings | wearenotmartha.com
Banana Split Affogato
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This banana split affogato recipe is the perfect way to end a meal. But I wouldn't judge you if you indulged at breakfast time. Vanilla ice cream and espresso pair with the traditional banana split toppings for an incredible treat. Extra sprinkles, required.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, Italian
Keyword: Affogato Recipes, Banana Split Desserts, Coffee Desserts
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Sues
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 10 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rainbow sprinkles
  • 8 oz. espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  1. Divide ice cream between two heat-proof glasses or coffee mugs.
  2. Top with banana, strawberries, walnuts chocolate sauce, and sprinkles, divided evenly between glasses.
  3. Slowly pour 4 ounces of espresso over the top of each glass.
  4. Top with a cherry and more sprinkles, if desired.


Banana Split Affogato -- Ice cream and espresso with all the traditional banana split toppings. Is it breakfast or dessert? You decide! | wearenotmartha.com #affogato #bananasplit #espresso #coffee #icecream #sprinkles

15 Responses to "Banana Split Affogato"

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    This is so much more fun than a traditional affogato, love!

  2. Pam says:

    My kids would LOVE these!

  3. lizzy wermuth says:

    LOVEEE this! Affogato is so yummy. Also, it has been so hard sitting at my desk at work after the week we had in Sonoma!!

  4. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    This would raise some eyebrows in my house if I made this for breakfast – but it is healthy – fruit, milk, coffee! PS there seems to be something wrong with your blog settings as your URL link shows as broken (403 Forbidden). Check to see if you allow link backs?

  5. kereta sewa shah alam says:

    Its look sooo delicious. Perfect dish!
    thanks for sharing recipes with us here. Looking more from you dear

  6. Mir says:

    Whoa. Would never have thought of this. Such a good idea! And so pretty, too. Sprinkle it up!

  7. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    So glad you had fun in Sonoma!! I agree though, after traveling and a good time, one needs something a little… just more than coffee! 😉 LOVE this affogato! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had one of those, but I’ve never had one as pretty as this! LOVE the banana split spin, girlfriend! Now THIS is how every day should begin! Cheers!

  8. Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next says:

    Love this recipe! Banana split affogato sounds and looks delicious. 🙂

  9. Juliana says:

    I always love your colorful desserts I mean breakfast…this is much nicer and prettier than the affogatos I have seen…
    Hope you are having a great week Sues 🙂

  10. Justine says:

    Def the fix to a Monday morning slump! Loving all the sprinkles.

  11. annie@ciaochowbambina.com says:

    I’m a huge fan of affogato but I’ve never had it so jazzed up! I love this…you sure know how to put the fun in food!

  12. Amanda says:

    “Sprinkles are helping me come to terms with reality and if that’s what I need, that’s what I’m doing.” I love this. Cheers to another impending Monday after a fantastic weekend. Sprinkles for the win.

  13. Liz says:

    Mmmm….so darn delicious! The espresso makes this a legitimate breakfast, of course!

  14. April says:

    I like how you think! Mondays are hard enough – this looks like a good way to get a good start 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *