Are you looking for a warm fruit dessert you can make easily with basic ingredients? Look no further. Here, bananas are baked with just two ingredients—butter and brown sugar—making a quick dessert both banana lovers and non-fruit dessert fans will enjoy.
The recipe relies on firm, but not green, bananas. Use fruit where the skin is fully yellow but the brown mottled spots haven't yet appeared. Fully ripe, soft bananas could be used, but they won't hold up as well in this recipe. Green bananas don't have the same flavors developed yet (although the sugar would make up for what they lack in sweetness) but if you prefer slightly green bananas, you might give them a try in this recipe.
Baked bananas go especially well as a dessert for meals centered on the Caribbean, Asian, Thai, Filipino, Mexican, Central American, or South American cuisine. But they are so delicious that you can serve them after almost any meal.
- 4 firm bananas
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons melted butter
- Salt to taste
- 2 to 3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Peel the bananas and place the whole peeled bananas in a well greased baking dish.
- Brush the bananas generously with the melted butter and sprinkle them lightly with salt.
- Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the bananas.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until bananas are tender.
The baked bananas make a good dessert all by themselves, but you might want to add an extra element by offering toppings.
Crushed nuts go well with bananas, including peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts. You can also top each with a teaspoon of a fruit dessert sauce or fruit syrup, such as berry sauce or berry syrup. Maple syrup also goes well with bananas. Of course, chocolate lovers may add a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and caramel topping is another choice that is delicious with baked banana.
When you add fruit sauce or chocolate, a dollop of whipped cream or a cream cheese sauce is a welcome addition to the color contrast as well as adding a creamy element.
Another idea is to serve the hot baked banana with ice cream. It would especially go well with plain vanilla, maple nut, or a caramel and chocolate ice cream combination. Let your imagination guide you to fun and interesting variations to enjoy.