Friday, June 7, 2013

Baked Marshmallow Bananas

The dessert I made for our Iron Chef competition was so simple.  I'm not going to lie, I picked Baked Bananas with Roasted Marshmallows because it's what I wanted for dessert.  It would have been prettier if I had a blow torch to roast the marshmallows with.

Bananas have a whole bunch {pardon the pun} of health benefits.

  • The average banana has 467 mg of potassium.  It may prevent high blood pressure and atherosclarosis.
  • They protect against stomach ulcers
  • Slow digesting
  • Good source of fiber
  • Helps your eyesight
  • Promotes kidney health
This dessert hits the spot for me though.  Healthy, sweet, simple, and it has a bit of crunch.

Baked Bananas with Broiled Marshmallows
1 banana
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (depending on taste)
1 T sugar free maple syrup
1/4 cup mini marshmallows (enough to cover the top of the ramekin)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray small ramekin with pan spray
  3. Slice banana into small chunks in a medium bowl
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and maple syrup and toss to coat (or you can just put it all ontop of the bananas in the ramekin)
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until soft. 
  6. When it's done turn broiler to HIGH and top bananas with marshmallows
  7. Place ramekin back in oven on top rack and broil for 1-3 minutes until marshmallows are brown and charred {watch them carefully!!  They go from slightly brown to burned VERY quickly}

I personally like mine slightly brown and Ken likes his basically burnt.  How much you roast them is your personal preference.  I bet that apples would also taste good under the marshmallows.  

What other fruits would be good topped with marshmallows?

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