Grilled Banana Boats with Peanut Butter Caramel

Grilled Banana Boats with Peanut Butter Caramel

Did you know that some of the best desserts come off the grill? A recently ripened banana is truly perfect on the barbecue, especially when it’s served with a smooth peanut butter caramel sauce! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy a sweet summer night under the stars.

YIELDS

4 servings

PREP TIME

18 minutes

COOK TIME

8 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the peanut butter caramel:

  • 1 cup (217 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) heavy (35%) cream
  • ½ cup (120 g) smooth peanut butter
  • salt, to taste

For the bananas:

  • 4 large bananas, unpeeled
  • ⅓ cup (73 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) butter, melted
  • ½ cup (65 g) roasted salted peanuts

INSTRUCTIONS

For the bananas:

  1. Slice the unpeeled bananas lengthwise. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar (on the flesh side).
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium high (425°F or 220°C). Make sure to brush well to remove any previous food particles.
  3. Place the banana halves, flesh-side up , and grill for 4 minutes. Turn and grill for another 4 minutes.
  4. Set the two halves on a serving plate. Drizzle with warm peanut butter caramel, and garnish with chopped peanuts. If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

For the peanut butter caramel:

  1. Have ready a small bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, cream and peanut butter. Set over low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Stir continuously, taking care to scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent mixture from sticking. Cook until caramel thickens, about 5 to 6 minutes. The caramel is done when a spoonful dropped into the ice water forms a ball that loses its shape when removed.


  4. Remove caramel from heat and carefully pour into a heat proof container. Once cooled to touch taste and add salt as desired. This amount may vary depending on which kind of peanut butter is used.

CHEF'S TIPS

  • Use just-ripened bananas for this dessert. If the are very ripe they may not hold up on your grill.
  • Try a different nut butter and garnish, such as macadamia nut or almond.