I found a new recipe that's really good: Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins (Pinch of Yum). Caramelizing bananas make these banana muffins taste better than usual because it brings out the sweetness of the bananas.
To Caramelize Bananas
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Slice bananas.
- Put sliced bananas on a foil covered cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray and place in oven.
- Turn bananas over a couple of times while cooking.
- When they are brown on both sides (maybe 20 minutes), remove from oven.
I followed the Pinch of Yum recipe except for the section on caramelizing the bananas. I had to bake my bananas longer and hotter than the recipe suggested. Maybe my bananas were more ripe than they should have been and that might make a difference. The third time I made these I took them out before they were brown, but they were still good. Because some liquid was on the pan after baking a few minutes, I used a paper towel to dab it up.
More Ways to Use Caramelized Bananas
I've used caramelized bananas in other foods since finding this recipe, but because they are brown they look best in baked goods! I've put them on nut butter sandwiches, on top of yogurt, in a smoothie and I've topped my caramelized banana oat muffins with them like you would use butter on a muffin.
I've also seen recipes for roasting bananas with the peels on. I want to try that, too. Have you caramelized or roasted bananas and, if so, how did you use the bananas?