Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Recipe: Roasted Bananas with Honey, Lime, Nuts and Dried Fruits

Roasted bananas are one of the healthiest (sweet) treats you can give your child. Bananas are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, potassium and fibres. As you all know, bananas get sweeter the riper it gets and roasting bananas also have this same effect - the bananas become much more moist and sweet.


Easy Roasted Bananas


My kids will get a cough when they eat too much raw bananas, but no such problems when I give them roasted bananas. Since they love bananas so much, this is one of the best, simplest ways I can think of serving to them (other than banana cakes and loafs). It is so easy that I can serve this in under 10 minutes.



The bananas are simply roasted for 8-10 minutes in the oven, with their skin on, and then drizzled with some honey. You can then top the bananas with nuts of your choice as well as dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas or cranberries. I sometimes serve it with whipped cream or Mock Devonshire cream, but if you want a fat-free dessert, feel free to skip the cream as it is good as it is. However, do not skip the lime - I feel a squeeze of lime makes it all the more refreshing and appetizing.

The special kids version :)


Happy faces :)


Roasted bananas with honey, lime, nuts and dried fruits
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
4 large bananas, skin-on
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp honey
1 lime, quartered
Almond flakes
Walnuts
Dried cranberries (or raisins/sultanas)

To serve
60g whipped cream or Mock Devonshire cream
Mint sprig, to garnish

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.

2. Slice each banana into half (do not remove the skin). Place in a ovenproof dish or baking tray, flesh-side up. If it doesn't fit in one dish, then use another dish. Sprinkle on the nutmeg and cinnamon.



3. Place in preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. The skin will turn black (this is normal).

4. For kids, you can get creative and make a smiley face for them. Place a banana on a round plate (for the smile), lime as the nose and two walnut pieces as the eyes. Drizzle some honey over the baked banana and sprinkle some almond slivers and dried cranberries. Finally, place the whipped cream in a piping bag and draw a zig-zag on top of the walnut pieces for the hair.




5. For the adults, place the baked banana on a serving plate and drizzle with honey, sprinkle with almonds and dried cranberries. Serve the quartered lime on the side with some walnuts and whipped cream, garnished with a mint sprig. Before eating, squeeze the lime over the bananas.







48 comments:

  1. Hi Yen, this is very creative... looks yummy and easy to make...

    For the adults, I am thinking of using rum and raisin... let me try and let you know how it turns out...

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    1. Thanks Alvin! Do let me know it turns out, I think my Hubby would also like the "rum and raisin" version ;P

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  2. Bravo! I like the way you serve up fun and healthy food for your kids!

    Will try this for a change tomorrow instead of the usual banana cake. A neighbour gave us a wee too much pisang berangan from his farm for 2 humans and 1 furkid.

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  3. Great idea...i just bought some dud dole bananas - dud becoz they dont taste like bananas at all... Too bad i threw them away d..:p

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    1. Roasting them do bring out the best of the banana flavours. :)

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  4. This is simple, healthy and very delicious!

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  5. Honey, lime and dried fruits sound great on the roasted bananas!

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    1. Oh it is! One of the easiest and nicest desserts that we have very often now.

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  6. Nice? Must try this then... Did something with bananas once...and it wasn't great. Did not the right variety...and combination not quite compatible.

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    1. This is a pretty good combination. I like it!

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  7. You can never go wrong with bananas :) You should use the really small sweet ones...those are my favourites!

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    1. Pisang emas, I think you mean? My mum doesnt really like those, not sure why.

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  8. Yummy! Banana anything is awesome!

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    1. I never really liked bananas before, but am discovering its beauty now!

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  9. roasted banana...
    nice one.. I bet lots of ppl like to eat Banana.. :)

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    1. Hehe I think so! Judging from the number of positive comments :)

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  10. At first glance, I thought it is brinjal...hehhehe.

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  11. I wish mami can make this for me too...

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    1. Or you could make it for your beloved kiddies :)

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  12. what an interesting recipe. i wish a cafe in KL would serve roasted bananas! nice and warm, with maybe vanilla ice cream on the side, eh ... but anyways, your garnishing is really lovely =)

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    1. Vanilla ice cream would definitely be nice with the warm bananas, but my kiddies have to avoid ice cream for a bit.

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  13. And a dollop of vanilla ice cream... bliss... Looks so yum

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  14. Yen, a very creative way to eat the banana!

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  15. Great idea to serve such healthy food to kids..looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks Vidya! :) It's always nice when I get healthy but nice ideas for the kiddies :D

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  16. very creative way to eat bananas!!!big thumbs up for u , MIL! XDDDDD

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    1. LOL.. maybe I shd ask Hubby to start finding me some cafe investors :P

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  18. Love the way you experiment with simple food. Loved the smileys and the best was of your daughters.

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    1. Yeah I love that something so simple can put such a huge smile on their faces!

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  19. Great dessert idea! Looks yummy & a healthy treat too! YUM! :)

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    1. Thanks Kit! My children inspire me to make healthy desserts :)

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  20. I would love to top up with a lot a lot of almond! How about peanut butter? Will it be nice? Curious...hehehe

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    1. Ooooo I think it would be nice with peanut butter and Nutella!

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  21. I would love to have these for my breakkie. Your happy face version of roasted banana looks so cute!

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    1. Thanks Zoe! No matter how many times I make a banana smiley face for the kids, they always smile when they see it :D

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  22. Very creative ! Both version looks delish !

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  23. I never know we can roast the banana like this! o.O

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