I’m constantly hunting for new things to throw onto a hot grill.
I love the feeling that summer evenings instill–when it’s warm and the air is sweet and you don’t feel the need to be bundled up in your house by 6 pm (does the winter have that hibernation effect on you, too?)
I love spending time outdoors on these slow summer evenings, but I’m usually led back inside by my other favorite activity, which is dinner.
Lucky for me, (and for my husband, I would argue) I love cooking dinner. If I could just bring my kitchen outdoors, or somehow let some of the outdoors into my kitchen (retractable ceiling?) it would be a perfect world. I’m aware of some of the impracticalities involved in this dream, but there’s always hopeful thinking.
That’s why grilling is the best. The perfect way to marry two of my most beloved pastimes.
And if you can extend your outdoor evening time just a little bit longer with grilled banana splits for dessert, well that seems like a perfectly reasonable excuse to me.
A delicious excuse, if nothing else.
And yes, you can in fact grill bananas. Peaches aren’t the only fruit that appreciate a little barbecue action.
Just like with other grilled fruits, a few minutes over a set of hot flames really amps up the natural sweetness of the banana.
And when it comes out of its peel warm and gooey, it just feels like the right thing to do, covering it with a thick blanket of peanut buttered greek yogurt.
Peanut butter and bananas is one of my all time favorite flavor pairings. They just feel like they are meant to be together, and who are we to deny them?
We only ever have plain yogurt at our house to avoid the unhealthy additions that make their way into most flavored varieties. Mixing in a spoonful of creamy peanut butter is the fastest way to dessert town that I’ve found.
But if you have a few extra minutes and a hot grill, you must try it spooned over a grilled banana.
It really is the way to go. And while we’re delighting in the gifts of sweet summertime, I recommend topping your grilled banana split with some perfectly ripe berries.
And a generous drizzle of good honey, naturally.
There’s usually no complaining involved with that.
Nope, no complaining going on here. Just the quiet clinking of forks hoping to linger a bit longer on the best bites of the night.
And the perfect excuse to soak up a few more minutes in the sweet summer evening.
- 2 firm bananas (no browning)
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1 tbs unsweetened peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- melted butter
- fresh berries
- Heat grill to medium high heat
- Mix yogurt, peanut butter, and cinnamon until well combined. reserve.
- Melt butter.
- slice bananas lengthwise, leaving the peel on.
- Brush bananas with melted butter and place face down on hot grill. Cook uncovered for about 3 minutes, flip and cook peel side down for an additional minute.
- carefully remove peel from bananas (using a spoon to help you scoop them out) and plate.
- Distribute yogurt between bananas, add berries, and drizzle with honey and a shake of cinnamon.
You want to use bananas that are yellow, but not too ripe.
Don't let me do all the talking! Let me know what you think in the comments.