|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 69g||25%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 54g|
|Vitamin C 13mg||63%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Grilled bananas is a delicious side dish to accompany savory foods and makes an excellent and easy dessert. Because of their thick and firm texture, bananas are a great fruit to grill when barely ripe, so for this recipe choose firm yellow bananas and not too mature ones, as the heat will cook them to mush.
Bananas have great nutritional value, providing substantial amounts of the recommended daily intake of potassium and iron, while also helping with energy thanks to their high levels of carbohydrates. Bananas have been used as a tool in traditional medicine for aiding digestive discomforts and are now studied as a key ingredient in delivering antioxidant benefits and key prebiotics for the human gut. Our simple recipe cooks this nutritional powerhouse in a simple and delicious way.
Caribbean cuisines rely on bananas to balance out the flavor in spicy dishes or in heavily seasoned meats or fishes; these grilled bananas are a great accompaniment to jerk chicken, spicy pulled pork, or even firm white fishes like cod or halibut. Although not very common as a side dish in some parts of the world, don't miss out on these bananas and serve them with your favorite meats. The grilled bananas also make a great dessert, so use them to top vanilla ice cream and drizzle with a whiskey sauce.
For a successful recipe, make sure that you have a well-oiled grate before putting the banana pieces on. By leaving the bananas in the peel, they will hold up better on the grill.
6 large bananas (yellow, firm)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat grill for medium-low heat. Without removing the peel, cut each banana in half lengthwise.
Sprinkle each half banana with lemon juice.
Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl.
Coat the exposed surface of the bananas in the sugar mixture.
Place the banana halves on a hot oiled grill grate, peel side up. Allow them to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Turn the bananas over and cook for another 3 minutes.
Remove the bananas from the grill and remove them from the peel. Serve with your savory meals or used them as dessert.
Other Grilled Banana Desserts
Bananas and ice cream are a classic combination, but these grilled bananas can offer so much more. Here are a few ideas to make the best out of your bananas:
- Fill a pre-made pie crust with grilled bananas, pour enough egg custard to cover the fruit, and bake until the crust is crispy and the custard has set. Let the pie cool off and decorate with meringue or whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
- Use the grilled bananas as a wonton filler. Fry the wontons until crispy and sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
- The grilled bananas will offer an extra layer of flavor to your favorite banana bread recipe. Simple use the cooked bananas instead of the raw ones in your recipe.
- Place the grilled bananas on a serving plate, drizzle them with dulce de leche, and top with crushed cashews or almonds.
- The grilled bananas can be processed into a sauce and further cooked with 1/4 cup of whiskey until the sauce has browned and reduced in volume, around 15 minutes on medium heat. Pour the sauce over pound cake or French toast.
Bananas, Raw. FoodData Central, United Stated Department of Agriculture
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