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Baked Bananas in Orange-Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS

Baked bananas for akwaduCalled akwadu in Ghana, baked bananas flavored with orange juice, coconut, peanuts and cinnamon are a sweet, economical and nourishing finale for a spicy meal. And, they're a simple way to make fruit part of an everyday supper or a special dinner. This same recipe, with bananas cut both lengthwise and crosswise, makes a great topping for waffles or French toast. (Food trivia: peanuts are called "groundnuts" in West Africa.)

Plentiful in tropical and subtropical regions of the world — and easily available throughout the United States — bananas are kitchen staples. Being versatile, bananas make delicious breakfast smoothies and parfaits, banana bread and creamy puddings ... and they're the perfect whole fruit for pack-and-go lunches and snacks. Keep bananas on hand!

Ingredients

4 medium ripe bananas, cut in half lengthwise
½ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons soft margarine, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ shredded coconut
½ cup low-fat lemon Greek yogurt*
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Arrange bananas side-by-side in a 9 x 9-inch baking dish.
  3. Combine orange juice, lemon juice and margarine in a small bowl. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Blend well.
  4. Drizzle orange juice mixture over bananas, then baste to coat bananas. Sprinkle with coconut.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until sauce is bubbling, but bananas are softened but keep their shape.
  6. Serve warm. Spoon sauce over bananas. Top with yogurt; garnish with peanuts.

Cooking Note

*As another option, serve with ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Calories: 260; Calories from fat: 90; Total fat: 10g; Saturated fat: 3g; Trans fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium 100mg; Total carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary fiber: 4g; Sugars: 26g; Protein: 4g