Baked Banana

Baked Banana for One

This may be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I love any and all banana related foods, so, it’s no surprise that I nearly shat me britches whilst stumbling upon a Baked Banana for One online. What a great idea! You can literally top this yummy, warm banana with ANYTHING! Easy paleo caramel sauce, toasted nuts & coconut, coconut whipped cream, nut/seed butter, melted chocolate, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, homemade nutella, fresh or frozen fruit… OR use it as a base for a banana split! With chocolate, strawberry and “vanilla” vegan “ice creams“!!! Holy frijoles, all of that sounds so good. This baked banana for one is a great, healthy dessert or sweet treat for kids AND adults alike. Enjoy! :)

Baked Banana for One
 
Ingredients
Ingredients:
  • 1 banana (I like mine very lightly spotted for this)
Optional toppings:
  • Chopped pecans, toasted
  • Slivered almonds, toasted
  • Coconut whipped cream (+ link to coconut whipped cream)
  • Caramel sauce (+link to easy paleo caramel sauce)
  • Paleo Nutella (+link)
  • Shredded coconut, toasted
  • Chocolate/Carob nibs
  • Melted chocolate
  • Melted "chocolate" (melted coconut oil, cacao powder, honey)
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries
  • Dried figs, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place whole, unpeeled banana on top of a parchment lined baking tray. (I place just a small piece of parchment under the banana)
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and lay on serving plate or bowl. 
  4. Gently peel open only 1 side/strip of the banana to reveal flesh inside, making sure to leave the rest of the peel intact - You want the banana to remain in the peel, acting as a "bowl" to eat out of.
  5. Top warm banana flesh with whatever your little heart desires: chopped toasted nuts, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, homemade nutella, toasted coconut, chocolate nibs/shavings, whipped cream, dried fruit... The possibilities are endless!
  6. **OR serve as a banana split with chocolate, strawberry & banana "ice cream", coconut whipped cream, chocolate sauce, toasted nuts & toasted coconut.
  7. **I topped the one in this picture with Paleo Nutella (+link to Paleo Nutella), chopped almonds and shredded coconut. Yum!
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Chef de Cuisine of Merit + Fork, Nicole's posts are primarily food driven, with a dash of natural health and beauty tips for good measure.
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