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Roasted Bananas with Toasted Coconut

Roasted Bananas with Toasted Coconut

Bananas are pretty far from Indiana produce, but in the middle of winter, there’s not much in the way of fresh local fruit. (We are officially jealous of all of you in milder climates — including you, California.)

Much as we love working with local produce, we do keep a balance with a little not-so-local as well. “All things in moderation” is a motto we embrace — since we find it more sustainable to generally eat in a certain way than to completely cut something from our diet.

So, we hit up some tropical produce for a winter dessert to finish the menu you see below, which we served for some dear friends a bit ago. I’ve included the menu here  because menu planning is something we’ve been wanting to talk about for a while as well. Recipes are one thing, but figuring out how to tie things together into a cohesive meal takes some practice. Starting out, this was something I found the most difficult. We’re hoping to touch on this a bit in our Healthy + Whole series — and as with many things, I find that the easiest way to learn it is to take a look at examples and start trying things (rather than read a list of Do’s and Don’ts).

The dessert is delicious and quite easy — it simply involves slicing some bananas, drizzling with honey and cinnamon, and roasting them in foil packets in the oven. Paired with some crunchy toasted coconut and vanilla Greek yogurt, it tastes almost decadent. It’s a great gluten-free choice, and also naturally sweet. I prepped the packets before our guests arrived, and then threw them in the oven before enjoying them at the end of the meal.

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Roasted Bananas with Toasted Coconut

And if anyone’s counting, this dessert was actually partly local – that mint was actually from our mint patch, buried under some snow and winter weeds. Hardy stuff.

Roasted Bananas with Toasted Coconut
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 4 bananas
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 7 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut 4 bananas in half length wise, then into smaller pieces (or if desired, keep whole). Place the pieces of each banana on a square of aluminum foil. Top the bananas with 1 tablespoon honey, ½ tablespoon butter, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and one pinch kosher salt (taking care that the cinnamon does not clump). Fold over the top of each piece of aluminum foil and fold in the sides to create a packet. Place the packets in the oven and roast for 12 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, toast ¼ cup shredded coconut in a small dry skillet, stirring constantly for several minutes until it browns. When the coconut is just starting to become browned, remove from the heat and continue stirring. (Be very careful, since it burns quite easily.)
  4. Make the vanilla yogurt by stirring together 7 ounces Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey and ¼ teaspoon vanilla.
  5. To serve, place roasted bananas in a dish (or on a small plate). Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and toasted coconut.
Adapted from Food.com


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  • Reply
    Rochelle @ WheatlessRochelle.com
    February 27, 2013 at 12:40 am

    What a great quick dessert! Pinning for later. Thanks!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    February 27, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Mmm yum!

  • Reply
    February 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love simple desserts like this and, like you, have been super into the roasted banana thing lately. I agree that balance is so key when the local abundance dwindles and totally appreciated your honesty on that. I don’t swear off imports despite being rather seasonally focused either. Listening to your body is the ultimate guide.

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      March 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Laura! We couldn’t agree more.

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    Courtney Jones
    February 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    This is the perfect dessert! Roasting them is a great idea. I cannot wait to try this out. I’m in need of some really healthy, easy desserts for when I cannot avoid a sweet craving.

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    February 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Even though I eat mostly local, I just can’t give up bananas either! they’re the only fruit that lives year-round and is SUPER affordable…and sometimes that just hasn’t to trump organic/seasonal/local. Love this quick and easy dessert!

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    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}
    February 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Bananas are one of my favorite snacks. They are so versatile. This looks like a really easy treat to put together.

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    andra / fox lane
    February 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    this looks so amazing….

  • Reply
    February 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I just found your site via Naturally Ella. Love everything about it!!!

    • Reply
      March 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you, Alicia! Thanks for stopping by!

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    March 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve never had roasted bananas and they look incredible! What a healthful and tasty treat! I’d eat this for breakfast any ol’ day and would relish it as a fun dessert! Have a great weekend!

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    March 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I love roasted anything, so roasting bananas sounds like a fabulous idea. Toasted coconut is the icing on the cake!

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    Emma Green
    March 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

    This was insanely good! Thanks for the great idea :)

    • Reply
      March 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Wonderful! So glad it worked out :)

  • Reply
    March 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    OK, I’ll ask. What is “nubs butter”?

    • Reply
      March 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Nub equals a rough 1/2 tablespoon, no need to measure

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    January 7, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    This was awesome!! Loved it! Been trying out new healthier ideas this will definitely be a keeper!

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