You’ve probably figured out by now that I love dessert. Between the fudge and the figs, the panna cotta and the pudding, the sweet tooth is somewhat obvious. I try to keep it down to a dull roar, but sometimes my desire for a treat gets the best of me and I want something NOW.
This dessert, which we had after Christmas dinner, came about because of that longing. I had made cookies (Creamy Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons; so fantastic) with the kids the day before, but those disappeared almost as fast as we made them. I really wanted something as a nice ending to the meal that wouldn’t be overwhelmingly sugary.
Glancing around the kitchen, I spied the bananas. Seeing them made me think of a recipe for roasted fruit I’d found when the toddler was just beginning to eat solid foods. While baby food wasn’t exactly what I was aiming for, warm roasted fruit sounded just about perfect.
The bananas are broiled, which brings out their natural sweetness, then coated with a drizzle of honey-lime sauce — it takes much longer to describe this than to make it. This takes hardly any time at all to roast; you could even do it while dinner is on the table. Serve warm with a sprinkle of coconut flakes and a hit of lime zest. If you’re feeling indulgent, add a dollop of whipped coconut cream. Totally paleo, and totally delicious.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 4 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 of a lime, preferably organic
- coconut flakes
- Set oven to broil. Coat a baking sheet with the coconut oil. Place the bananas on the sheet and set aside.
- Make the syrup: warm the honey (the microwave is perfect for this; approximately 10-20 seconds) and combine with the lime juice. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Coat each slice of banana with the syrup, then place in the oven. Broil until fruits are softened and slightly brown (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from the oven; add a second coat of sauce to each piece.
- To serve,make a bed of coconut flakes in a dessert dish. Add two slices of banana to each dish. With a zester, scrape a bit of fresh lime zest over each serving. Serve immediately.