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Banana Parcel Treats
Here are some great ideas for an easy desert, using bananas. The kids will not only enjoy eating them, but should also get a kick out of making up their own banana treats and choosing their own toppings. I especially like the idea of using the waffle cones for something a little different.
Banana Marshmallow Caramel and Chocolate Parcels
4 to 6 bananas either split down the middle or sliced.
1 sml pkt white marshmallows – roughly chopped, or use the miniature marshmallows if you can get them.
½ cup caramel topping
2 tblspns orange juice
choc bits or chocolate pieces
toasted flaked or slivered almonds, or toasted crushed mix nuts
Combine the sliced bananas, marshmallows, caramel topping and juice in a bowl and gently mix.
Divide mixture between 4 or 6 pieces of foil; wrap and seal well.
Barbecue or grill parcels over a medium heat until heated through.
Unwrap and sprinkle with choc bits and nuts before serving.
Viv's hint: you could add other to
ppings such as chopped strawberries, walnuts or pecans, and a sprinkle of granola or toasted muesli or similar.
Banana Waffle Cones
Waffle ice cream cones
Fillings: peanut butter, Nutella chocolate spread or caramel topping, mini marshmallows (mini or chopped), chocolate chips, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, toasted almond flakes or slivered almonds, or toasted crushed mixed nuts.
Line each cone with your choice of peanut butter, Nutella or caramel topping (or go the whole hog and use them all!!).
Fill each cone with layers of your favourite toppings and then wrap each cone tightly with foil, making sure each parcel is sealed well.
Place on a medium heated grill/BBQ for 3 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally; or place on a grill over a campfire for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted.
(If at home, you can bake them in your oven on a medium heat, 180°C/350°F for about 5 to 7 minutes.) Don’t overcook them or the waffle cone tends to soften.
Unwrap and enjoy.
Be careful with the kids so they don’t burn their mouths’ as melted marshmallow can be very hot!!
Adult Caramel and Coconut Rum Banana Boats
8 bananas - peeled
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup white rum flavoured with coconut (ie Malibu) (or, if you don’t want the alcohol, you can replace it with coconut juice or coconut water in the same quantity or coconut cream.)
½ cup brown sugar
½ tspn ground cinnamon
60gm (2 tblspn) unsalted butter – melted
Place each banana on a piece of foil and gather the foil around each banana. Make sure your foil piece is large enough to give you plenty to fold around and seal properly.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix well and then pour evenly over each banana parcel.
Seal the foil tightly for each parcel.
Barbecue or heat the parcels over a medium heated grill until the bananas are soft and the liquid has caramelized.
Serve with a dollop of cream, or if you have it some ice cream and sprinkle with some toasted coconut.
Don’t throw those browning, spotty, soft bananas out. Freeze them. They are prefect for making cakes.
As the banana ripens, its starch converts to sugar. The riper the banana, the creamier and sweeter it tastes.
Also, if you have an over supply of bananas, peel and cut them into 4 or 6 pieces each, then place in a freezer bag, mark with the day’s date and store in the freezer for 1 to 2 months. Frozen bananas can be used for smoothies and shakes.
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