Paleo Bananas Foster
I remember when I was younger going to fancy restaurants with my parents and watching them make Bananas Foster tableside. I was much less interested in the dessert than I was the fire inches from my face, but then again I was just a kid with a fire obsession. Totally kidding, sorta.
These days I am much more impressed with actual culinary skill and the ability to make those delicious treats a little friendlier to the system. Generally speaking, I like to keep my carb intake on the lower side, and my refined sugar intake basically nil. So treats are treats, not for everyday, and when they are made, I use better sweetening options.
So back to this bananas foster. There are only THREE tablespoons of coconut palm sugar in the entire dish, which can be easily split between 4 people. And instead of ice cream, I used whipped cream made from coconut cream. This was super quick, incredibly easy and even classy enough to feed to people who don’t live with you!
- 2 bananas quartered
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (reduce for aip)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or more if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla
- 1 can organic coconut milk from a can (just the cream off the top)
- 1 teaspoon coconut milk (the watered down part from the can)
- heat coconut sugar and oil in a deep skillet
- once starting to bubble slightly, add cinnamon and vanilla and give it a quick stir
- turn heat down slightly to prevent burning and add bananas, sliced side down
- cook until browned underneath and sugar sauce is caramelized
- remove bananas from skillet and remove skillet from heat
- to make the caramel sauce, take a teaspoon or two of the liquid coconut milk and combine in a blender (i used a nutribullet) with the caramelized sugar and oil from the skillet
- blend until a caramel sauce is formed, it will be lighter than what was left in the skillet after cooking the bananas
- to make the whipped cream, use a hand mixer or immersion blender to mix the coconut cream (from the top of the can) until fluffy like whipped cream. you can add a little coconut palm sugar to this but it isn’t necessary
- serve the cooked bananas with a dollup of the whipped cream and a drizzle of the caramel sauce