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Mar 12, 2010 09:26 AM

Easy banana desserts for two -- either frozen or heated

As I was eating a banana this morning, I thought, what could we do with bananas for an easy and light dessert for two of us.

Freeze and put things on it? Heat and put things on it?

Something quick and easy for weeknight dessert?

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  1. what about a mix of both? I saute slices of very ripe banana in a teeny bit of butter and brown sugar and serve over ice cream. Takes all of 3 minues.

    1. Bananas Foster is pretty simple. or just grill or broil and drizzle with caramel or chocolate sauce...or both! you can also use them in a crepe filling - for an even easier option, use tortillas instead of crepes: spread with ricotta or low-fat cream cheese, cover with banana slices, drizzle with honey or sprinkle with brown sugar, fold up like a burrito or crepe, and saute in a pan for a few minutes on each side (or heat in a toaster oven) until warmed through. top with caramel or chocolate sauce. you can also spread a little nutella or peanut butter inside if you want something a little more decadent.

      1. Coconut Bananas - slice in half lengthwise, lay on a baking sheet, dot with butter, drizzle with orange juice, then sprinkle with brown sugar and coconut, then bake til coconut is golden

        Roast bananas on a baking sheet at 375 til golden and caramelized. Make a custard (feel free to use Bird's) and add in some banana liquor and hazelnut liquor. Layer ladyfingers, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, layer bananas, custard, repeat til you reach the top. Feel free to sprinkle with nuts and whipped cream. Let soak together.

        Make a basic pancake batter, then heat butter in a pan, and brown some sliced (coins) bananas with brown sugar. Clump the bananas together and pour batter over each clump. Allow to solidify then flip.

        1. Thai banana/coconut milk dessert is SO easy to make. Heat up some coconut milk, add brown sugar (to your sweetness level), vanilla and nutmeg. Throw in some coconut flakes if you want and add the banana chunks. It's super easy and fast. Always a winner at dinner parties.

          1. I've heard of using pureed banana in making ice cream, to take the place of some or all of the dairy.

            Cheesecake17's suggestion is a simplified Bananas Foster. You could add spice (e.g. cinnamon) and booze (rum or banana liqueur), cooking, or flaming, in a nonstick pan until reduced. Then pour over vanilla ice cream.

            Growing up, breakfast sometimes included sliced banana in a bowl, with orange or pineapple-orange juice poured over it.

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            1. re: greygarious

              I'll add cinnamon and a splash of rum if I'm making this for my husband. For myself, I like the pure banana taste