Confession: I hate regular bananas. But I love toasted marshmallows. But toasted marshmallows by the boatload have a way of making me feel jittery and sick. But what if I told you I could make a banana taste like a toasted marshmallow? Toasty and slightly crisp on the outside? Gooey on the inside? And best of all: This whole recipe is 1 count ’em 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.
Here’s How It Works!
Broiled Brown Sugar Bananas
Serves: 1 | 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving.
- 1 banana (preferably still a bit green and not fully ripe)
- 1 tbsp of light butter (I used Land O’ Lakes Light Butter with Canola Oil. This is where your point comes from.)
- 1 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
- A pinch of cinnamon
- A pinch of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
- Preheat the broiler. Make sure you move your oven rack right under it.
- Peel your banana. Take a small piece of foil and curl the edges inward, like making a boat-shape and place it on a cookie sheet. This is so your banana can sit curved side up and eliminate the mess on your cookie sheet.
- Cut a little ‘trough’ down the center of your banana and careful not to cut all the way through. Think of it how they do at Subway when they cut into the top of the bread at an angle.
- Take your butter, teaspoon of brown sugar, and pinch of cinnamon in a small dish and mix it all together.
- Spread your butter and sugar mixture in the trough of the banana. Don’t worry if you get some on the sides. Just make sure you mostly fill the trough.
- Sprinkle your pinch of brown sugar on top along the length of the banana. This will help it caramelize.
- Don’t worry about your oven dinging that the broiler is ready. By this time it’s ready enough. Put your banana in the oven and CLOSE THE DOOR. DO NOT MOVE FROM THE OVEN. Set your timer for four minutes and check Twitter on your smartphone. Don’t play Candy Crush. You might forget.
- Remove from the oven. The top of the banana should be slightly browned and caramel colored along the trough you made. The sides should look a little dried out. And the ends closest to the broiler might be a little blackend but the ends are actually the best part! The butter in the bottom of the foil boat makes a tasty bananas foster like sauce.
- Place on a plate and enjoy right from the foil with a spoon.
Now You Try!
Questions? Comments? What variations have you found? Share them in the comments down below!