I’ve been ALL about caramelized bananas lately. I love how the flavors of the banana completely transform, and they remind me of my beloved fried plantains when cooked this way. I’ve been eating them on top of oatmeal and sometimes ice cream, but then it occurred to me that making a healthy version of bananas foster would be really easy to do!
I put the caramelized bananas on top of a big serving of greek yogurt and drizzled with a “caramel” banana sauce. This treat is quick to prepare and makes a perfect healthy dessert (or even breakfast!). What’s great is that the natural sugars in the banana caramelize the outside of the flesh without you needing to add any sugar. I like to add a little brown sugar into the pan because I love the flavor, but you can easily leave it out and you will still get beautiful caramelization.
- 1 banana
- coconut oil spray or other oil spray
- 1 t. brown sugar (optional)
- 1 t. molasses
- ½ t. vanilla extract
- ⅛ t. salt
- 1 c. greek yogurt
- Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and spray with coconut oil.
- Break off about ⅔ of your banana, slice it into smaller pieces then cut each piece in half lengthwise (so that the banana seeds are exposed in each piece).
- Cook the bananas seed side down until the bottoms turn golden brown.
- Flip bananas over to let the other side brown. If using the brown sugar, sprinkle it over the slices now.
- Toss in the pan and flip slices until both sides are brown and caramelized.
- Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mash together the remaining third of your banana with a fork very well until it becomes smooth and syrupy (you can also use a blender for this).
- Stir the vanilla, molasses, and salt into the mashed banana until smooth. Magic "caramel" sauce!
- Scoop greek yogurt into a bowl and top with the caramelized bananas. Drizzle sauce over top and enjoy!
If you’re a banana fan, you will absolutely love cooking bananas this way!
Off to hang some pictures! And buy more bananas.