These Roasted Bananas are sweet, luscious, and deliciously sticky. Only two ingredients with a vegan option. Perfect to eat as a snack in the afternoon or with some yogurt in the morning. Made two different ways, you get to choose if you like your Roasted Bananas soft and creamy, or leathery and chewy.
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I did not have a good Honeymoon four years ago. We went to Costa Rica and the trip started out wonderful. We stayed at a small hotel with hot water springs for a couple of days and enjoyed long hikes to volcano and waterfall.
We spent another few days at a different location at a spectacular tree house B&B up in the mountains, saw a lot of animals, zip lined over trees and valleys and saw beautiful sunsets. Then it all went down.
Our next destination was described as a beautiful Villa with a Gourmet Chef. In reality, the villa turned out to be a rusted and ran down cottage and the chef was a home cook with no concept of anything gourmet in sight.
And the thing is that if I was expecting a more down to earth experience, I wouldn’t have minded it too much (well, except for the ridiculously expensive price), but I was dreaming of that place for a few months and it was a huge disappointment.
The food was a big part of being let down. I can’t really blame the cook. It was a local woman, who did not speak any English and she really tried, but her idea of fancy dining was piping mayo rosettes on fish and covering fruit in pink condensed milk.
One night, however, somewhere underneath all the stickiness of the condensed milk and sugar I discovered the most delicious caramelized bananas. They were amazing! So much so that I tried to explain it to her and asked to repeat it the next day, just without all the other “fancy” sauces. I just wanted the most delicious, moist, melty caramelized bananas.
The response was surprising – impossible! Ok, I thought, maybe they already used up all the bananas and she could not purchase more on such a short notice, but the next day there was another dessert consisting of bananas and sugar. Another dessert that went untouched.
Since then my husband and I have a saying: “Impossible bananas.” We use it whenever we can’t get something that we should be able to get and also every time I see caramelized bananas on the menu.
Last week, when I was in Cuba, I was able to have my Impossible Bananas almost every day, not the same as the Costa Rican ones, but still very good. They were bathed in sugar syrup with some butter, orange juice and rum – perfection!
This recipe is much lighter. It’s Roasted Bananas, not Caramelized Bananas. I am utilizing natural sugars, just a bit of butter (regular or vegan) and heat to create a sweet, yet healthy, dessert.
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Two ways to make Roasted Bananas
- One way to make roasted bananas is to roast them for 20 minutes which would result in luxuriously soft and sweet dessert that you’d want to eat with a spoon while sipping Champagne.
- The other way is to roast the fruit for about 55 minutes, which would make much chewer bananas with thicker leathery skin, since it’s almost like making dried fruit.
I love both options for Roasted Bananas and choose one based on my mood. If I’m making something for a quick dinner dessert, then I roast them for only 20 minutes.
If I’m baking in the morning, then I usually decide on a longer roasting time, this way I can just pick up a deliciously sticky piece of fruit with a fork and munch on it while watching tv or reading.
How to make Vegan Roasted Bananas
You can also make these Roasted Bananas vegan by using vegan butter or margarine. I actually love using soy butter that I get at a Russian grocery store.
TIP: use coconut oil for a tropical flavour.
- 2 large bananas
- 1 tablespoon butter (or vegan butter or coconut oil)
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Spray the baking pan with oil.
- Cut the bananas in half and then slice each half lengthwise to end up with four quarters.
- Place the bananas in the pan and add little knobs of butter on top of the bananas.
- Roast for 20 min until the bananas are soft and lusciously creamy.
- Roast for 55 minutes until the bananas are deliciously sweet, sticky, and chewy.