What do you do when you have a heat advisory in effect 😕 Do some gardening? Yeah right! But that’s exactly what J did. He had an itch to do some cleaning up in the yard and the 105 F temperatures did not deter him from going to a nursery to get new plants and planting them. After he was done with planting, he was literally panting! So to cool him off (after drinking a ton of water) I decided to get him some ice cream with some bananas that needed to consumed.
Natural sugar in banana (for that matter pretty much every fruit) helps them caramelize very well. Caramelizing bananas gives this sticky crunch (a little bit) to them…Yummy! You could also top caramelized bananas over pancakes.
Recipe: Caramelized Bananas
2 Ripe Bananas (Not overly ripe)
3/4 tsp maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Slice the bananas length wise and then halve them (make 4 pieces from each banana). Melt the butter in a pan. Add maple syrup and stir well. Now add the bananas and walnuts to the pan. Let the bananas sit for about 4-5 mins…or till they caramelize. Turn the bananas and cook them on the other side for another 4-5 mins. That’s it…they are ready to be served with ice cream or pancakes or just by themselves!