I know, I know, that’s a long title. But, trust me, it’ll totally be worth it in seven minutes. Because that’s how long this second Healthy Midnight Snack takes to make. Seven. Minutes.
Beautiful isn’t it? You’d never know that those bananas and peanut butter sauce are healthy. Nor that they’re topping a bowl full of yogurt instead of ice cream!
Okay, maybe you noticed the yogurt. Photography magic can only do so much! Regardless, this indulgent “sundae” came to me one afternoon when I desperately needed something sweet. I was feeling ice cream, but didn’t have any in the house. (Good for me!) I only had a couple slightly overripe bananas and some peanut butter. Initially, I thought about making peanut butter banana cookies, but I really really wanted a bowl of ice cream. So I improvised. Together with some Greek yogurt I had in the fridge, some honey out of the pantry, and some creative genius, I created this healthy and indulgent “sundae!”
And I have to tell you, it is DELICIOUS. It may be even better than any ice cream sundae you can throw together. Grilling the bananas with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon gives them a creamy caramelized effect, and the peanut butter-honey sauce (with only two ingredients!) heightens the caramel taste through its thick and chewy toffee consistency and flavour. It’s really like you’re eating a caramel sundae instead of something healthy!
After all, that’s what we’re trying to do with this series, right? I hope you enjoy this healthy twist on your usual late-night sundae!
Brûléed Banana 'Sundaes' with Peanut Butter-Honey Toffee Sauce
- 1 cup (200g) plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (60g) smooth peanut butter*
- 2 heaped tbsp runny honey
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon, plus more for dusting
Move an oven rack to the top third of the oven, and preheat the grill to 210 C (410 F). Line a cookie tray with baking paper and set aside.
Divide the Greek yogurt equally between two serving bowls and set aside while you make the banana and sauce toppings.
Peel and slice the banana length-wise and place them, inside facing up, on the lined cookie sheet. Evenly distribute the brown sugar among the banana halves and dust with the optional cinnamon. Whack the tray into the oven and broil the bananas for 3–5 minutes, or until the sugar is bubbling and golden. Remove from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
In the meantime, make the sauce by melting the peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a rubber spatula until the sauce is warmed and slightly runny, 2–3 minutes. The sauce will be a thicker toffee-like consistency.**
Assemble the “sundaes” by slicing the brûléed banana on top of the yogurt and then pouring over the peanut butter-honey sauce. Consume happily and guilt-free.
- *You can use natural peanut butter if you like, but the sauce will be slightly more runny and less like a toffee sauce.
- **If you want a runny sauce, thin it out by adding maple syrup (1 tablespoon at a time) until you reach your desired consistency.
- This recipe can easily be halved for a single-lady (or single-gent) serving.
Do you have any midnight treats you’d like me to makeover next week? Be sure to tweet them to me (@cinnamonscribe) with the #CinnamonMidnightMunchies or leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your ideas!
Happy Valentine’s Day!