The dessert I made for the Lost party was also tropically inspired. It looked fancy but was actually the easiest dessert EVER and I was able to prepare basically the whole thing in one commercial break. And who doesn’t love a caramelized banana? I bet Hurley does. Maybe a few too many. Seriously, how did that guy not lose weight after 6 years on a deserted island? Just another of the many mysteries of Lost…
All you do is quarter the bananas and spread on a tin foil covered baking sheet. Put it in the oven at 450 for 4 minutes.
While the naners are starting to roast, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and butter (just a little). Pull out the bananas and top each slice with a little bit of this mixture. Sprinkle with the toasted walnuts and return to the oven for another 3-4 minutes.
And that is all my friends. I served them with some nonfat vanilla and caramel frozen yogurt and they were a huge hit.
Nutritional Highlights: I’m not going to pretend that this is the healthiest thing in the world, but when it comes to dessert, this beats a lot of your options by a long shot. It involves fruit (this one is especially high in potassium) and only has a little added sugar/butter. Served with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream and it’s just not that terrible. Sometimes you just need dessert, so you might as well make it a little healthy, right? You’d never know it with this dessert though.
Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Roasted Bananas
adapted from Cooking Light
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1-2 tablespoon butter depending on how healthy you want to be (I used 2 😉
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- 4 large, firm ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
- Low fat or fat free frozen yogurt of your choice
1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. Quarter bananas and place on to baking sheet covered in tin foil. Put in the oven for 4 minutes.
3. While bananas are cooking, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter
4. Pull bananas out of the oven and spread a little of the sugar mixture over each banana piece. Sprinkle with the toasted walnuts and return to the oven for another 3-4 minutes, until the sugar is bubbly on the bananas. Mmmmm.
5. Serve hot with frozen yogurt. This ish is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.