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Sweet Freak: Roasted Tropical Banana Bites

January 21st, 2010 No Comments

—By Nutritionista

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By now, most of you probably know about banana soft serve. But for those of us who live in chillier climates, frozen dessert just doesn’t sound as appealing in the winter. I wanted to create a dessert that warmed the soul and satisfied the sweet tooth, but still used healthy bananas as the base. Enter roasted bananas. I added a tropical spin to at least hint at warmer weather.

These gooey bites were so easy to make (around 10 minutes start to finish) and tasted so decadent! To make them even more decadent, serve with vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream. To keep it healthy, serve with Greek yogurt.

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You’ll need (serves 2-4):

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp butter or vegan substitute (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 tsp lime juice (you could also use lemon)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Halve bananas length-wise and then into bite size pieces and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar and coconut, then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Squeeze lime over everything. Add a small dot of butter/Earth Balance to each bite. Roast for 5 minutes, then turn off oven and broil for 2-3 minutes (or until tops of bananas are golden and bubbly). Bites before cooking:

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So much yum, you guys. So much yum.

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