Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Easy Baked Bananas

Easy Baked Bananas

Making quick and speedy meals is very important to me, especially if I just want to come home and not be spending hours in the kitchen making something from scratch. Whilst savoury meals are the first priority, desserts are also the perfect way to end a meal. Now I first started making these baked bananas when I was at university when my cooking skills were pretty non existent. I would make these now and again as an easy dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth. Whether you are making this for yourself or for others I promise you it really is easy to make and takes 10 minutes to create.

You Will Need
2 Ripe Bananas 
6 Little Squares of Chocolate

Before you begin, preheat the oven to 200ºC (Fan oven 180ºC) and start the preparation of the bananas. I personally use 2 small bananas to serve just myself, but depending on how many people you are cooking for or if you are just feeling greedy then you can add or take away as many bananas as you want. 
So you need to carefully cut the bananas in half but do not cut through to the bottom. Just imagine you are making a little pocket in the banana, you don't want to slice the skin at the bottom otherwise the filling will come out.

Easy Baked Bananas

If you are a chocolate fan like myself then add a few squares into the banana slices you made and put onto a baking tray with a sheet of foil. Obviously I use dairy free chocolate but you can make this with regular milk chocolate and even dark or white. You just want the chocolate to melt into the banana as it cooks. If you don't like chocolate you can cook them plain or add a little maple syrup or even cinnamon would be nice. Once you have pushed the chocolate pieces in, you can then pop them into the oven for 10 minutes.

Easy Baked Bananas

After 10 minutes the banana should have lost all of the wonderful bright yellow colour and be black. Although it doesn't look the most appealing it tastes delicious, the blackness means the banana has cooked through and the chocolate has melted.

Easy Baked Bananas

Then you are ready to indulge in this wonderful and easy to make dessert. I personally leave them in there skins and eat out of them with a spoon, otherwise it turns into a big mess. I like to add a sprinkle of dessicated coconut on top, it adds a little bit of texture to the soft dessert. You can add so many other toppings though, like cream or ice cream is amazing as this is a hot dessert. But it is completely personal preference.

Easy Baked Bananas
 
There we have a simple and easy to make dessert option if you are craving something after your meal and fancy a warm treat. Baked bananas are one of my favourite desserts and because you don't often see them on the menu they feel very homely and comforting.

Have you tried baked bananas before? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Eating ☺

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