Thursday, January 17, 2013

Baked Bananas

IMG_6532eIt is now month 16 of the Improv Cooking Challenge and this month our hostess Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker has challenged the participating bloggers to make any recipe of their choosing using the two given ingredients of bananas & nutmeg.  Unlike last month where I just was uninspired, but still managed to make a wonderful White Chocolate Marshmallow Cranberry Cashew Bark, this month there were so many delicious things I wanted to make.  I’m talking about cakes, cookies, pancakes, muffins, fritters, ice cream and smoothies, so many wonderful things to be made with bananas and nutmeg.  But here it is, a new year, and after all our indulging over Thanksgiving, during our trip to Savannah, during our two weeks in Aruba, over Christmas, New Years Eve and then visiting with friends and our week at Disney…well I needed something delicious but very healthy.  With that in mind, may I present, Baked Bananas.  I saw this recipe on Epicurious and knew that I had found a winner. 

And a winner it is, just minutes to make, all the ingredients are staples in my home and delicious…well just insanely!!  I have made these Baked Bananas a few times already, once as a dessert with a little bit of whipped cream sprinkled with nutmeg and a few times I’ve put them over plain oatmeal, a delicious breakfast.  One night I served these Baked Bananas as a sweet little side dish along side some roasted pork (amazing combination) and I even just baked up a half recipe one night when I was craving something sweet.  I’d bet that these bananas would be fabu over some vanilla ice cream…one day I will give that a try.  I suggest that you give this recipe a try as you’ll be amazed at how just a few ingredients and a tiny bit of time totally transforms simple bananas into an insanely delicious treat.      

IMG_6535eBaked Bananas (adapted from here)

  • 2 bananas
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 TBS, dark rum  
  • 1/4 tsp. ground roasted cinnamon 
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg 
  • 1 TBS. Whey Low Gold or brown sugar 
  • 1 TBS butter 

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel the bananas and slice in half lengthwise. Lay the pieces into a buttered 9x9x2-inch ovenproof dish. Pour the lime juice and rum evenly over the bananas. Sprinkle on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Dot on the butter and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with a bit of whipped cream sprinkled with a pinch of nutmeg.

    Enjoy!

    My previous Improv Cooking Challenge entries:

    December 2012  Chocolate & Marshmallows:  White Chocolate Marshmallow Cranberry Cashew Bark    
    November 2012  Sweet Potatoes & honey: Sweet Potato Glass Noodles with Honey Garlic Lime Shrimp 
    October 2012  Oatmeal & RaisinsS’mores Granola Bars   
    September 2012  Zucchini & Brown Sugar:  Zucchini with Onion & Brown Sugar 
    August 2012  Tomatoes & Peppers:  French Fries Hash Browns 
    July 2012  Corn & Butter:  Fritos Crusted Pollock 
    June 2012  Cherries & Almonds:  Dried Cherry Almond Tart 
    May 2012  Strawberries & Cream:  Strawberry Soup 
    April 2012  Peanut butter & Jelly:  Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars 
    March 2012  Potato & Cheese:  Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole 
    February 2012  Ginger & Carrots:  Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing 
    January 2012 Lemon & Sour Cream:  Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart 
    December 2011 Eggnog & Cranberries:  Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter 
    November 2011 Pumpkin & Cream Cheese:  Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake
    October 2011 Caramel & Apples:  Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

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    1. I think many of us only want light desserts these days. The holidays do a number on diets! I am loving the flavor in those baked bananas!

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    12. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Lisa. I love the idea of saving calories on the oil needed for frying. It allows for an extra allowance of whipped cream!

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    13. What a great idea! Bananas are on my grocery list, and I have homemade vanilla bean ice cream in the freezer...I know what I'm having for dessert tomorrow!!

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    14. Your baked bananas look great Lisa! I still have a few bananas left over from my cooking challenge adventure, so I'm going to make this tonight (minus the rum, I don't have any on hand). Can't wait to try it out!

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    15. I would have never thought to have paired bananas with roast pork! What a great looking side dish!

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