How to Make Broiled Bananas

Broiled bananas
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    Cut The Bananas

    Broiled Bananas - Cutting the Bananas. Rebecca Franklin

    Lightly cooked bananas with a caramelized sugar topping are a versatile dish. Use them as a healthy alternative to dessert or serve them for a fantastic breakfast treat. Making them takes only a few minutes and they're easy for cooks of all skill levels.

    Make sure to use adult supervision with children; this recipe requires close contact with an intense heat source.


    • 2 bananas
    • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    The First Step: Cut the Bananas

    Peel the bananas and cut them in half lengthwise. Make sure to do this step right before broiling the bananas. If you need to cut the bananas long before the cooking process, toss them with a bit of lemon juice to avoid browning them.

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    Arrange the Bananas

    Broiled Bananas - Arranged on Baking Sheet
    Rebecca Franklin

    Preheat the broiler on the high setting. Arrange the cut bananas, cut-side up, in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.

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    Cinnamon Brown Sugar

    Cinnamon and Brown Sugar
    Rebecca Franklin

    The secret to broiled bananas is a little dash of cinnamon added to the brown sugar topping. Mix 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon into 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar in a small bowl to avoid clumping. Experiment with different spices - nutmeg, allspice, or ginger - for a unique dish.

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    Sprinkle the Sugar

    Sprinkle the Cinnamon Sugar
    Rebecca Franklin

    Carefully sprinkle the spiced sugar onto the cut surfaces of the bananas. Make sure the sugar is applied evenly because it will caramelize and provide the main seasoning for the fruit.

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    Broil the Bananas

    Hot, Bubbling Sugar
    Rebecca Franklin

    Broil the sugar-topped bananas, about 6 inches from the heat, for 3 to 4 minutes. The bananas are done when the sugar is hot and bubbling. Remove the baking sheet from the heat immediately.

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    Serving Ideas

    Broiled Bananas with Oatmeal
    Rebecca Franklin

    Serve the bananas fresh out of the oven.

    Serving Suggestions

    • Breakfast: Oatmeal, with a drizzle of maple syrup
    • Snack: Yogurt, with a handful of toasted nuts
    • Dessert: Ice cream, with a whipped cream garnish