Maple-Pecan Grilled Bananas

 Prep Time: 0:12 Cook Time: 0:12 Serves: 4

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Bananas grill right in their skins and become deliciously caramelized with a coating of maple syrup. A sprinkle of toasted pecans makes them even more special.

Ingredients

  • 2 large banana(s), ripe but firm
  • 2 Tbsp chopped pecans (30 ml)
  • 4 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon (1 ml)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (10 ml) divided


Instructions

  1. Trim stem ends of bananas; halve lengthwise through peels (leave peels on) and set aside.
  2. Put pecans in a small nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until pecans smell toasted, 4 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Off heat, coat an outdoor grill or stove-top grill pan with cooking spray; heat to medium.
  4. Sprinkle cut sides of bananas with cinnamon; lightly brush with 5 ml (1 tsp) maple syrup. Cook, cut sides-down, until grill marks appear, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook until bananas start to pull away from peel and soften, 3-5 minutes.
  5. Remove bananas from grill; place on a serving platter. Brush cut sides of bananas with remaining 5 ml (1 tsp) maple syrup; sprinkle with pecans (dust with additional cinnamon, if desired).
  6. Serving size: 1 banana half with 7 ml (1/2 Tbsp) pecans.

Notes    
Chop the bananas and serve over Greek yogurt, low-fat ice cream or whole grain waffles.