There is something so decadent and delicious about bananas that have been cooked with a little butter, sugar, and cream.

Caramelized bananas on pancakes

Probably because anything that is cooked with a little butter, sugar, and cream goes from ho-hum to oh-yeah-gimme-some.

There are all kinds of ways to caramelize bananas. One way is in Bananas Foster (vegan, GF).

Yesterday I simply seared the bananas for one minute in a non-stick skillet, added butter, cinnamon, sugar, cream, and stirred for a couple minutes until a caramel sauce began to form and the bananas caramelized a bit.

Bananas caramelizing in pan

These bananas got my weekend started off properly.

Caramelized bananas on pancakes

 

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Caramelized Bananas (Gluten Free with Vegan option)

1 banana, sliced into rounds about 1/4 inch thick

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon butter (or margarine)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup cream (or half-and-half, milk, nut milk)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray, add the bananas, and cook them for about 1 minute over medium high heat, allowing them to sear.

And the remaining ingredients except for vanilla, and cook over medium heat, stirring gently and continuously, for about 3 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken, reduce, brown, and caramelize. Turn off the heat, add the vanilla extract, and stir (the alcohol in the vanilla will cause the sauce to bubble up so use caution when adding it). Serve immediately.

To keep vegan, use margarine and a vegan milk such as almond or cashew milk. Coconut milk (full-fat recommended) will impart much more flavor but can also be used.

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I love anything that gets caramel-ey and gooey and chocolate gooey things trump gooey bananas. Shocking, I know.

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Do you like caramelized bananas?

Served over pancakes, waffles, toast, on top of yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, as a side next to eggs and hash browns, as a brunch menu item, or poured over ice cream, warm bananas that have been cooked and caramelized are such a decadent treat.

Although I wouldn’t call them health food, they’re still a fruit, so that’s nice and they’re probably healthier than eating cookies.

What was the best part of your weekend, food or otherwise?

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