Cinnamon-Baked Bananas

I’ve noticed that when Dr. O goes out of town, I still make an effort to cook for myself, but I tend to make simpler food.  It might be a bit healthier, too! 🙂  Today’s dessert – Cinnamon-Baked Bananas – is no exception.  I tore this recipe out of Shape magazine months and months ago…  It seemed like a great way to treat myself with minimum effort using ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand.

Leaving the banana in its peel, I cut through the fruit lengthwise, leaving the bottom peel intact.  I also made two small horizontal slits at the top to make opening the fruit a bit easier.  I pulled the sides of the banana apart, dotted it with 1/2 teaspoon of butter, and then sprinkled it with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.

To cook it, I closed the banana and wrapped it in foil.  I put the foil packet directly on my center oven rack and baked it at 400F until it was hot and soft (10 minutes).  I (carefully) removed the foil, opened the banana, and enjoyed my treat!

Yum-my!  This was so simple but so delicious.  If you’re trying to “be good,” this is a great way to trick your body into thinking you’re eating something more extravagant.  The banana was hot and soft, and the butter-cinnamon-sugar combination is so comforting.  The only change I’d make is that I might cook the banana just a bit longer next time.  The recipe said 10 – 15 minutes, so I went with 10; 12 might be just right.  I can’t wait to make this again to find out!

TIPS: “Dotting” something with butter just means cutting the butter into small pieces and placing the pieces randomly (or not so randomly!) on or in the dish.

Recipe link: Cinnamon-Baked Bananas
(This link has the original version of the recipe and the lighter version; I used the lighter version.)


9 Responses to “Cinnamon-Baked Bananas”

  1. 1 Jasmine Ward March 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Yum! We just tried these out for dessert and they were delicious. Thanks for the great recipe, it’s a new favorite.

  2. 2 jfochek March 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Glad you enjoyed them, Jasmine!

  3. 3 Danielle May 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Awesome, Next time i might put a scope of ice cream over it!

  4. 4 pipnlew October 5, 2011 at 6:42 am

    we tried this over a camp fire and they were great!! Added a little non-fat whipped cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon for the kids.

  5. 5 Namrata April 29, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Instead of brown sugar, you could also use vanilla sugar. Goes really well with cinnamon. Adding chocolate pieces would probably taste good too!

  6. 6 journeytolong December 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Awesome recipe, I’m a simple cooker too so this is going in the oven in about 20 minutes1 Thank you1

  7. 7 journeytolong January 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Reblogged this on My Big Chop Journey: 3inches To 24 Inches and commented:
    Great easy recipe 😀

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