Dessert does not have to be complicated. This simple butter-roasted bananas recipe has the 2 things you need in a dessert – fat and sweetness in just right amounts, nothing more, nothing less. Zero sugar added!!
I always have apples and bananas in the house. On hot days, there will inevitably be some bananas that are threatening to all ‘go brown’ on me at the same time. Grrr…Them and avocados!! The “I shall oxidize before your very eyes if you do not use me quickly” drama queens!! Ha-ha, all their drama won’t work with me!! This is the easiest 2-ingredient, less than 15 minutes, yummalicious recipe to use them up.
The bananas get caramelized and gooey. The whole house will smell like banana bread. And I can bet – you will not be able to resist licking the sticky, sweet ladle for yummy banana goodness!!
And since the sweetness is concentrated in these roasted bananas, they taste fabulous, even though you have not added even a sprinkle of sugar. They also make a natural, sweetener base for many other sweet dishes.
Step by Step Photos
Spread bananas on a non-stick pan with melted butter…
Flip them when 1 side is caramelized…
Take them out when both sides are caramelized…
Serve as is…
Or use as a base to make sugar free smoothies, ice creams, baked goods, etc..
Bananas caramelized in butter (or ghee) makes a great dessert in itself or adds great flavor base to smoothies or baked goods
- 2 tbsp Butter (or ghee)
- 2 Bananas large (cut in 1/2 inch slices)
Using a large non-stick pan (or a crepe pan), melt 2 tbsp of butter on medium heat. Place the slices of bananas flat on the melted butter. Do not crowd the pan. Each slice must make contact with the bottom of the pan.
Keep the heat at medium, no higher or the bananas will burn. Wait for a good 7-8 minutes before flipping.
In the first few minutes, slide the pieces from side to side (or wiggle them) to avoid any burning. Do not flip them until the bottom is caramelized. (we want to avoid too much flipping back and forth, which may cause the banana to breakdown into a puddle).
Flip the banana slice to caramelize the second side. Give it another 7 minutes or so.
When both sides are done, the bananas would have shrunk to half its size. They will be concentrated in sweetness. Yumm!! Serve as is while hot!!
Drizzle with chocolate sauce (optional).
Cool down and make a smoothie with roasted bananas, milk and cocoa powder (no sugar needed).
Or grind the roasted bananas with cashew butter and freeze them for a delicious, healthy, sugar-free ice cream.
Or use for baking healthy cookies or banana bread
The possibilities are endless!!
Ghee roasted bananas are even tastier (well duh!!..because of the low moisture content), but butter works just as well.
A few of you may be thinking, “This is a recipe- wut?? Roasting bananas in butter!!” Yeah, yeah…I get it, it is a very simple recipe, I admit. But, what if you were always thinking of dessert in grand means – kheer, laddoo, gulab jamun? No need – just get down to basics – bananas or apple roasted in butter!! Most french desserts are like this – fruits roasted in butter, poached or served with whipped cream.
We don’t need sugar syrups or fried delights for a sweet treat at the end of our dinner. Simple recipes like this – butter (or ghee) roasted bananas – will keep your sweet tooth happy without adding to your waistline.
What do you think? What is your favorite simple recipe? Chime in with your thoughts and comments below. I look forward to reading them!!
If you are looking for more Zero Sugar dessert recipes, try: