Fried bananas are sweetened with pure honey and topped with cinnamon. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)
Ripe versus overripe. How do you like your bananas?
Some choose to eat the delicious fruit when it’s practically green and others won’t even think about touching the vitamin B6-rich fruit until it is almost brown.
I sort of like them underripe.
Today’s recipe contains bananas and just two other ingredients — honey and cinnamon.
I was pleased when my husband tasted this naturally sweet treat and said it reminded him of when his mom made him banana french toast as a kid. When you taste something sweet and good and it brings back memories of how your mother used to make something, then you’ve done a good thing.
Don’t let the name of this sweet treat — friend bananas — trick you into thinking these bananas are deep fried. They are just lightly browned and covered in sweet pure honey.
It took me a couple of tries to make this dish the way I like it. The first time I made it, it was so scrumptious, but I wanted a different consistency in my bananas. The next time I made it, I used underripe bananas, and I was very happy with the results.
I usually try to think of my varied audience when picking a recipe to run each week, but I’ll be honest, I had parents with kids in school in mind for this week’s recipe.
I’m a fan of a fast, simple and delicious recipe, and these fried bananas are prepared within five minutes.
The fried bananas are versatile. You may eat them as is, add some walnuts to them, serve them on top of French toast or eat them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
One last note, this recipe serves just one, so adjust the amounts of the ingredients to fit the number of people you have to feed.
I hope you enjoy it.
One banana, sliced into at least ½-inch slices
1 to 1 1/2tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of water
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Non-stick cooking spray
In a small bowl, mix together the honey and the water, and stir thoroughly.
Spray a small skillet with the non-stick cooking spray and heat the pan on medium.
Place the bananas slices in the pan and cook for about a minute, or until lightly golden on each side.
Remove from the pan from the heat, and pour the honey over the banana slices.
Sprinkle the cinnamon on top of the honey-covered banana slices, and allow them to cool for just a minute before serving.
Tip: Add about 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts to the skillet while you are allowing the banana to brown to give this dish some crunch.