(Taken with Instagram)
Last week I had a total sweet tooth, but it was too late to go out and get something. I remembered a picture on instagram of this british girl who shallow fried a banana as a snack (its actually pretty low calorie) and it got my mouth watering. However, I was in the mood for something wayyyy sweeter; like caramelized candy, if you will. Thus, I used my cooking instinct to create this delectable pan fried & caramelized banana. I served it with pears for a refreshing zing. I add almonds to every meal because I’m obsessed with them and I love the texture they add. Hope you guys enjoy! It takes like 10 minutes or maybe 15, very quick, very easy, and very very very good. OH AND ITS VEGAN
Shallow Fried ( and slightly caramelized) Bananas
what you will need:
- 1 Banana per person.
- Canola oil (Coconut Oil is another option, but I only had olive)
- Cinnamon Sugar (mixed together if you don’t have a pre-mix)
- Powdered Sugar
- Sliced Almonds
- A half a pear
1. Take one banana, if you want a smaller portion cut it half lengthwise.
- 2. Pour the sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll the banana in the bowl until it is coated with sugar.
- 3. Pour the oil (whether it be coconut, olive, or canola) so that it is about a cm high. Pre-heat the pan to medium high. Carefully place the banana in the middle of the pan.
- 4. Saute the banana on one side for approximately 30 to 45 seconds or until the cooked sides are golden brown. The color is the result of caramelized sugar from the sugar coating, as well as the banana’s natural sugar.
- 5. Turn the banana with a spatula and continue cooking for an additional 30 to 45 seconds, again watching for the bananas to cook to a golden brown color.
- 6. While you are waiting for the banana to finish, cut 10 (slightly thin) slices of the pear and create an almost “table runner” on the plate. ( I suppose you could cover the whole plate if you wanted)
- 7. Carefully remove the banana from the skillet with the spatula. Place it on a the pears; let it cool.
- 8. While the pan is hot, but once the banana is cooled to crunchiness, pour the remaining sweet caramelized oil AROUND the banana. Drizzle it slightly on the banana if you’d like. ( you can mix with either maple syrup, cinnamon sugar, or brown sugar if you have an extra sweet tooth or want some texture)
- 9. (optional) Place the rest of the pear on the plate, right in that delicious oil. Sprinkle it with the roasted sliced almonds (walnuts could be great, too) and powdered sugar. I had an extra sweet tooth that day and wanted something on the level of a candy apple, but you do not have to add as much sugar at all.
- Enjoy! (And repeat if serving others)