Coconut Crusted Bananas with Cinnamon and Pecans

Thursday, April 04, 2013



It’s Thursday and Spring is finally here! This week has been quite cold for the beginning of April but we have some double-digit weather next week so I’m really looking forward to that.  It has been one long and cold winter and I’m ready for the fresh spring air, my favourite season!  I am also looking forward to the warmer weather because I’ll be travelling to Europe for 2 weeks in May! I’m quite the avid traveler and so when the opportunity came up for me to visit Norway, Sweden and Denmark with my sister and her best friend, I jumped on it immediately! I have been to Europe a few times but have never visited Scandinavia.  I am extremely excited to explore the history and breathtaking scenery the countries have to offer and of course indulge in Scandinavian cuisine! I’ll be sure to take a lot of pictures to share with you all.

Today was one of those days where I couldn't shake the hungry feeling.  Even after a big dinner I was snooping through the kitchen looking for snacks.  I saw that I had a few overripe bananas and started thinking of all the possible things I could make with them.  I wanted something very quick so muffins and bread were out of the question.  I ended up making my own little creation and I must say it really hit the spot. Not only was it super quick to make, but it’s quite healthy as well making it an ideal dessert recipe if you’re craving for something sweet.  Feel free to get creative with this recipe and add in all sorts of toppings of your choice!

Coconut Crusted Bananas with
Cinnamon and Pecans   

Ingredients:
1 banana, sliced in half length-wise and then quartered
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
1 pinch of sea salt
2 tbsp chopped pecans, toasted
2 tbsp melted dark chocolate
Dollop of vanilla or plain greek yogurt
Cinnamon (as much as you like)

Directions:
Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and add banana slices. 
Let cook until slightly brown then add shredded coconut on the slices. Brown the bananas on all sides.
Remove from skillet and add a dollop of Greek yogurt, drizzle with melted dark chocolate, sprinkle with cinnamon, pecans, pinch of salt, and serve warm!





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61 comments

  1. looks like an amazing way to deal with cravings. And I am not so keen on cooked bananas but this way looks excellent!

    Good luck with your travels - May will come quickly - I have been to copenhagan years ago and loved it but that is all I have seen of scandanavia and would love to see more - will look forward to your photos. (Though it is not the place to go to get over a cold winter :-) )

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  2. Oh my! Where was this recipe the other night when my husband and I were scouring the fridge and pantry for something sweet?! We had just returned from vacation and the cupboards were a bit bare but I did have bananas!! These look delectable and coconut and bananas go so well together.
    I am so jealous you are off to Scandinavia! Thats on my list to visit places too. I hope you have a great time Natalie and I look forward to photos and food from you.

    Nazneen

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  3. We got to know fried bananas as dessert here in SE Asia. I love your addition of coconut and nuts.

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  4. Oooo...that looks yummy. Cinnamon and bananas work really well together

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  5. Natalie, if you want to come here right now and cook me that for dessert, I would not protest at all! This looks so delicious I wish I hadn't baked my leftover bananas into muffins today. Yum, yum, yum!

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  6. I'm not a huge pecan fan, but man does this sound awesome :)

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  7. I have never had bananas cooked this way...coconut crust...must be awesome!

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  8. Your bananas look great - I love any kind of dessert with fruit in it. And I'm so excited about your trip! Sounds like an amazing opportunity to travel, and you'll see so many beautiful places. Promise me you'll write about it on your blog when you get back!

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  9. I kind of just want to yell "YESSSS" and lick my computer screen. This sounds like the tastiest thing I've read about in a while!

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  10. What a brilliant way to satisfy your craving! It looks compleeeetely delectable!

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  11. These sound + look so tasty! And I hear ya - I definitely have days when I can't shake that hungry feeling either. This would be a great snack during those hungry times!

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  12. That looks DIVINE. MMMM. I've totally been having those hungry days lately too, I hate it!

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  13. Oh yum, that looks and sounds so delicious! I love the flavour combinations!

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  14. What a decadent and delicious dessert!

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  15. What a treat!! I love that this is an all natural dessert and it looks like it would definitely calm my raging sweet tooth! I've been meaning to bake or saute bananas and now that I've seen your dessert, I can't wait till night time! :)

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  16. When I went to Nicaragua last year they served us something like this. It was awesome!

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  17. I do imagine that the coconut + bananas are a most lovely flavor combo love how yo elevated with texture, spice, and CHOCOLATE! What a happy way to start off my Friday =)

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  18. I have always loved bananas sauteed like this. They're great with a little ice cream or frozen yogurt and cereal too. But seriously, you only have single digit temperatures?!? And to think I'm complaining about how cold 50 feels! Europe sounds so fun!

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  20. Wow, this banana recipe is very clever, I just love it. I am in agreement about the long winter and am so ready for the warm weather. I hope you have a lovely time in Europe. It sounds like a great adventure!

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  21. Oh my gosh, these are making me so hungry! Amazing. :)

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  22. These look awesome!! I am obsessed with the flavors of cinnamon right now :).

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  23. What a fantastic idea! That banana dessert looks divine!!! I can't wait to try your recipe!

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  24. What a fantastic looking dessert!

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  25. Wow, this is an amazing dessert and so quick! Really love the idea Natalie! And your trip to scandinavia sounds so incredible, I´ve no doubt you´ll have a great time there.

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  26. Quick, healthy and delicious??? Sounds like a perfect dessert to me!

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  27. What an excellent looking dessert - very comforting. How wonderful to be going on a trip to Scandinavia - it is a goal of mine to get there, one day! I do hope the weather warms up for you soon - I've heard Spring has been a long time coming xx

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  28. I love you! This is such an amazing, natural dessert. I'm keeping this in mind for next time the sweet tooth strikes! I need to get some bananas anyway...

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  29. What an exciting trip you have coming up! It sounds fantastic :) And this dish looks fantastic - seriously good! I don't get that excited about bananas usually, but this would change that...

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  30. Wow yum yum and yum that looks so delicious!

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  31. How exciting about your trip!!! I just know it's going to be awesome.

    This is such a great dessert! Especially since it was so spur-of-the-moment. All of the ingredients go together perfectly!

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  33. This looks so easy and delicious! I love these ingredients together!

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  34. Wow..thats a very unique and creative recipe! It looks fatastic!

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  35. Oh goodness...this sounds SO, SO GOOD!!

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  36. You'll enjoy so much traveling through scandinavia, the landscapes are breathtaking for sure!

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  37. Nice dish! My wife sometimes does something similar, although she uses the microwave. Really terrific flavors in this - thanks so much.

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  38. Not being able to shake that "hungry feeling" after dinner is something I can relate to maybe a little too much! Your impromptu dessert is very impressive! Love that it's sweet but actually very balanced. Yum!

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  39. Wow - this sounds fantastic. I love how you just threw it together =)
    I am going to be leaving some bananas to ripen just so I can make this!

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  40. Yay...I know. Spring is finally here. :) Oh...these Coconut Crusted Bananas with
    Cinnamon and Pecans look sooooo good and so tempting. What a great way to use up ripen bananas. :) I'm always up for dessert, even after a big dinner. This is such a perfect sweet ending to any meal.

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  41. Oh I want to go on this trip too lol. Sounds awesome. Yes finally spring and finally getting a tad warmer! I have been getting sweet hunger pangs too. I cannot believe how you made a banana look just so decadent, looks awesome.

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  42. these look great! I got to make them for bfast soon it sounds like such a good way to switch things up esp that it's getting nicer out finally

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  43. Natalie these bananas look delicious! I love that you used cinnamon with them - such a wonderful flavor combo!

    Have so much fun on your trip to Europe! It sounds like it will be amazing!

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  45. Wow Natalie, what a nice way to have banana...I am not a fan of raw banana, but I can see myself eating this and enjoying it.
    Enjoy your week and thanks for the recipe :)

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  46. What's not to like from this dessert! I love everything you added to these bananas!

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  47. I'm sure this is going to be my sons (and not only his :)) favorite.
    He loves bananas and coco nut. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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  48. These look amazing! Totally love this recipe...wow! :)

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  49. Natalie, somehow I missed these. But I didn't and I am glad. They look awesome and healthy and decadent, all at the same time! And Scandinavia-WOW! I spent a summer as an exchange student in Denmark. Fabulous-totally fabulous. I am envious!

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  50. What an awesome trip! You sometimes I am like that as I just want something sweet to end my meal and this one is fast and fabulous.

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  51. Super jealous of the trip but ZOMG those nanas look amazing. I am not a banana fan but Tyler would adore this!

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  52. This looks delicious! and totally decadent!

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  53. Yum! I love bananas (and eat way too many of them on a consistent basis with PB). I could totally see this with vanilla ice cream.

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  54. omg, i'm bookmarking this. this recipe is genius. love coconut oil. and i'm so jealous you are going to europe for 2 weeks and visiting 3 countries, i did that once, it was a bit much for me, i think 10 days is my max. it's great you are doing this now.. travel as much as you can in your 20s and 30s... life changes later on, from what i hear. :)

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  55. That looks like the perfect kind of dessert to whip up on the fly, especially since it seems we always have bananas on hand. Way to make the average fruit into a really special treat!

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