Caramelised Fried Bananas

This is such a quick and simple treat! It really requires so few ingredients, and can be made in 5 minutes. My mum used to fry bananas for me in a similar manner when I was younger, for puddings, and they were absolutely delicious. She used to fry them whole, or cut in half lengthways I believe, but I chose to make them more bite size, to maximise the crispy caramelised part!

These can be enjoyed on their own, or with ice cream, waffles, or even on top of porridge. I like to think they aren’t too bad for me and okay, despite the fat and sugar added… they are still one of your 5 a day! At the very least, they satisfy a sweet craving without feeling as guilty as eating a whole packet of hobnobs.

The trick to these is making sure the surface of the banana slices have really become crispy, to contrast with the softened inside. This may mean them looking a little darker than you expect, so don’t panic! You can always experiment with how long you leave them on the pan for.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 large, just ripe, banana
  • 1 tbsp of margarine/vegetable oil/butter
  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar (I used golden caster)
  • 2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • Maple syrup to serve, or whatever else you want.

Method 

  1. Chop up the banana into equal slices of around 1/3-1/2 inch.
  2. In a pan, heat up the margarine so the whole pan is covered and sprinkle an even layer of half the sugar and half the cinnamon on the pan.
  3. Quickly add the slices of banana. Fry for around 2/3 minutes on medium heat, until the bottoms are brown, then flip each banana piece other. Careful not to squish the bananas when you handle them!
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and sugar evenly over the banana pieces.
  5. Fry for around 2/3 minutes again and keep turning over and frying till you are satisfied with how crispy you want them.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of golden syrup and enjoy!

 

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