[I made these simply delicious Caramelized Bananas with Ghee and Cinnamon for Earth Fare!]
Sometimes simple is best, you know?
It’s fun to scroll through Pinterest or flip through a magazine to get new, creative recipe ideas.
But sometimes you’re tired—and a trip to the grocery store isn’t all that appealing. Those are the times that it’s nice to have a back pocket dessert.
That’s when these Caramelized Bananas with Ghee and Cinnamon step in to SAVE THE DAY.
I mean, we’re talkin 5 minutes and 5 ingredients, all of which you probably have right now in your kitchen.
Bananas. Salt. Cinnamon. Walnuts (optional—but really come through strong with the crunch factor). And ghee.
You do have a jar of ghee in your pantry, don’t you?
Cause if you don’t, you should.
In case you haven’t experienced the golden buttery magic of ghee, I’d like to formally introduce you.
Ghee is butter that’s been cooked down to remove the water and milk solids, leaving it free of lactose. It’s similar to clarified butter, except ghee gets cooked even longer to bring out the nutty, buttery flavor. YUM.
It’s shelf stable (which is a great excuse to always have some on hand). And in spite of being insanely delicious, it’s good for your bod.
Ghee has been used in Ayruvedic medicine for thousands of years for its healing qualities, including enhanced digestion and wound healing. It’s a healthy fat rich in vitamins A, E, D, and K, and it’s a great substitute for butter (for anyone who has to avoid dairy).
Ghee has a rich, extra-buttery butter flavor, and a little bit goes a long way. So a small jar will actually last quite a while.
You can use ghee anywhere you would use butter like roasting and sauteing veggies, topping potatoes, cooking shrimp…
And caramelizing bananas, which is one of those little pleasures of life that make all the stress and hardships 100% worth it.
A banana is yummy all on it’s own. But by itself, it can feel sort of mundane.
Sweet, nourishing, wholesome—yes. But lacking the sultriness that a proper dessert really needs.
But heat up a pan. Melt a little bit of golden, buttery ghee. And then let that banana get all toasty and caramelized on the outside, and soft and sweet on the inside?
You will feel like you just unlocked some secret dessert puzzle.
“Bananas, ghee, cinnamon. You were there all along, right in front of me!”
Eat the bananas plain with some walnuts and a dash of cinnamon, or have them over oatmeal or yogurt for a more substantial breakfast/snack.
Maybe even go bananas and have them over 3 Ingredient Paleo Pancakes! 🍌🍌
Whatever you do, just don’t forget about this little back pocket sweet treat.
It’ll be there for you, waiting, just when you need it most!
- 1 banana, yellow but not overly ripe
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- Dash of cinnamon
- Chopped walnuts (optional)
- Heat a pan (I used a cast iron skillet) to medium high heat and add the ghee.
- Peel banana, cut in half and then cut both halves down the middle lengthwise so you have 4 slices.
- Add banana slices cut side down to the hot pan along with optional chopped walnuts. Allow to cook, without moving, for about 2 minutes. Flip bananas and cook another 30 seconds on the other side.
- Transfer bananas and walnuts to a plate and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Enjoy warm.
Don't let me do all the talking! Let me know what you think in the comments.