Bananas on the barbecue

I think this idea for bananas is fantastic. Bananas go spotty quickly at our house in the summer and this is another way to use them up instead of making banana bread and muffins. These are fun for a backyard BBQ and a neat idea for camping.

I started grilling fruit last summer. It imparts a whole new flavour to the fruit and, when topped with a drizzle of honey, maple syrup or chocolate sauce (depending on the fruit) it makes a fancy looking dessert out of something really simple. I've tried pineapple slices, peach halves and cantaloupe wedges but I never thought about bananas until I stumbled across this idea.
All you need are some spotty bananas and a hot BBQ. Grill the bananas, slice them open and eat right out of the skin with a spoon or fork.
We made BBQ'd banana sundaes. Here's how to do it:

Select some 'spotty' bananas from your kitchen

Separate them and place them on a hot BBQ.

Cook them about 10 min then turn them over and cook about 10 min more. They'll get blackened and maybe slightly blistered in spots. They should give easily when you press on them gently with tongs.

While the bananas are grilling, prepare your toppings. Toppings can be anything you like. We had chopped walnuts, strawberries and chocolate chips and maple yogurt (I mixed maple syrup into plain yogurt).

When the bananas are done, take them off the grill. Slice them open and push back the skin. They will be very hot so use a knife and fork, not your fingers!

Sprinkle on your toppings of choice and enjoy! Tip: if you add chocolate, sprinkle it on the hot banana first so it melts.

I think these would be great just drizzled with honey or maple syrup. I'm going to make these the next time we have pancakes and spread the grilled bananas on the pancakes and top with some blueberries and maple syrup. Yummm!

Michele, RD