Have you ever let your child talk you into buying them a treat? What is their favorite treat? I know what mine would pick, they want a doughnut or candy. My kids have a serious sweet tooth! So what is an alternative to junk food that will still make them feel like they are getting a treat? I bring to you, the idea of a baked bananas. My kids went a little crazy over these and probably because they are something they never had. They loved standing watch in front of the stove watching and waiting for the skins to burst.
This recipe is so simple, and cheap! All you need to do is take bananas, cut off the top stalks, place them on a baking sheet and put them into the oven until the skins split open. Easy, right?! I put mine in at 350 degrees and it took about 30 minutes before the skins split. The bananas I used still had a little green on them. I was too impatient to wait after finding this recipe. If you have a really ripe banana, I bet they would split sooner than mine. You just have to keep an eye on them. The picture below is what mine looked like when I deemed them done.
You are going to want to really wait for these to cool off before you start trying to add the toppings. My kids were so excited to eat them and my 11 year old kept touching them and telling me they weren’t hot and we should eat them. Let them cool off. I had puddles of whipped cream from the first one I added the toppings to. I even should have waited longer because the one I used for my picture below was still warm enough it was slowly melting my whipped topping.
In the end, you will have a tasty treat for less than 130 calories. I might even add a teaspoon of brown sugar next time to make it even sweeter. Adding a teaspoon of brown sugar would only add 11 calories to the number and you would still be under 140 calories! The doughnut I looked up that I know my children would pick is about 250 calories. Also the cost to make this baked banana treat comes to $0.37 per person. I can’t find any doughnut or candy bar for that price where I live. Adding the teaspoon of brown sugar would still keep the price the same because it is such a small amount it doesn’t affect the cost to make this.
I found this recipe in The Sunday Leader printed on October 11, 1896.
Baked Bananas. Select large ripe bananas, cut off all stalk, and set on a piece of buttered paper in the oven. Bake slowly till the skins being to split, then remove all the skin, set the fruit in a dish and garnish with stiffly whipped cream and glace cherries chopped fine.
- 1 large banana ripe
- 2 tbsp whipped cream topping
- 1 ea maraschino cherries
Select as many ripe bananas as people you are serving. Cut off the stalks. Place the bananas on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven.
After 10 minutes, check the bananas every 5 minutes and take out of the oven when the skins split open.
Allow the bananas to come to room temp before adding the topping.
When the bananas are cool, top with 2 tablespoons of whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.