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Barbecued Bananas

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A banana mounted on a fork over a gril and hot coals.

Have you ever ended up with a number of blackened, over-ripe bananas because you haven't eaten them fast enough? Instead of throwing them away, why not try barbecuing them; they are absolutely delicious! For this recipe, either the grill of an oven or the barbecue can be used.


  • 4 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice - or the juice of a whole lemon
  • 1 cup1 of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream


  1. If using the grill, preheat it on a low heat.

  2. Leaving the skins on the bananas, halve each length wise and then width wise.

  3. Sprinkle the bananas with lemon juice.

  4. Mix the brown sugar and the cinnamon together in a small bowl and spoon this into the centre of each split banana.

  5. Wrap the bananas in aluminium foil and either place them onto the barbecue coals or place them under the grill.

  6. Cook for 3 minutes. If cooking under the grill, cook for 3 minutes on each side.

Serving Suggestions

Serve in a bowl together with vanilla ice cream topped with a sprinkling of the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Adults often enjoy this dish served up with their favourite tipple. Tip the bananas out of their skins into bowls together with the sweet liquor caught in the aluminium foil. Add a splash of golden rum, sprinkle with muscavado sugar and maybe a splash of cream. If a good rum is not available then brandy makes a more than acceptable substitute.

1One cup is equal to 8oz or 227gm.

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