Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Baked Cinnamon Bananas with Strawberry Sauce

Mmmm, tonight we have the perfect dessert for this time of year.
Why is it perfect, you ask?
OK, you didn't really ask.  But humor me.
1. Spring is coming, so strawberries are starting to show up at the grocery store.
2. Yet it's still chilly enough outside that making an oven-baked dessert is not a bad warm-up strategy.
3.  You can use any frozen strawberries you happen to have if the fresh ones haven't yet appeared in your part of the world.
4.  Bathing suit season is not far off.  And certain people have perhaps over-indulged in the baking department this winter.
Sorry, bathroom scale.
2 firm bananas
1 t. lemon juice
cinnamon, to sprinkle
2 c. strawberries, sliced
2-4 t. sugar, to taste
1/2 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.  Peel bananas and slice lengthwise.  Put on parchment-covered baking sheet (or non-stick baking sheet).  Brush lemon juice on cut sides of bananas.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the sauce:  put sliced strawberries in bowl with sugar and vanilla.  (If you're using frozen whole berries, you can just smush 'em up a bit with a pastry blender at this point.)  Put about half a cup of strawberry mixture in blender and whirl them around, then add back to the rest of the sliced berries.  When bananas come out of the oven, top with sauce.

Anything healthy-ish going on in your kitchen?

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Blogger Moore Minutes said...

Ok. I have GOT to try this. This sounds and looks delicious. I'm a banana lover.

March 8, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger The Bumbles said...

This would be a lot better if it was served over ice cream and drenched in chocolate sauce...

March 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Now there's a thought, The Bumbles :)

March 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Wowowow! Loving how healthy this is!

March 9, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

I have bananas on the counter and harvested frozen strawberries in the freezer. What a wonderful way to say farewell to this long winter and welcome spring.

Marion will love your baked bananas with strawberry sauce. I may just save this for her birthday!!!

It looks delicious...

Thank you so much for sharing, Lynn

March 10, 2011 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

I can't think of a better combination! What a yummy way to start my week-end!

March 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

Hi Lynn,
If you get a sec, drop by, I'm having a cookbook give-away!

March 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I've been pretty strong this week, until today. Darn Girl Scouts! I'll have to try this easy, healthy dessert.

March 12, 2011 at 9:01 PM  

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