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Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Roasted Bananas are a simple way to both use bananas that are starting to get too brown and make a tasty snack! I adapted the recipe from the cookbook, Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce: A Guide to Easy-to-Make Dishes with Fresh Organic Fruits and Vegetables. I served these as an accompaniment to a chicken dinner that I made last week and they were splendid.  My husband kept asking for more of them.  They are so easy to make and yet so satisfying. What more could you ask for? My husband gave these 20 Thumbs Up!

GFCF Roasted Bananas (Husband Rating = 20 Thumbs Up!)

canola oil spray

3 ripe bananas, peeled and cut in half lengthwise

2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1-2 Tbsp coconut oil spread (I like Earth Balance), divided into small pieces

Optional garnish – toasted pecan halves (see instructions below)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Spray a 9-inch baking dish with canola spray. Add bananas in a single layer, cut side up.

3. Sprinkle lime juice over all bananas. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar; dot the coconut oil spread pieces all over bananas.

4. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until tender and lightly glazed.

5. If you wish, garnish bananas with toasted pecan halves.

(How to toast pecans – place pecan halves in a single layer on a cookie sheet that has an edge on it. Toast in middle of a 350-degree oven for about 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Keep an eye on them because they can burn quickly. Cool before using.)

 

french_toast_for_monkeys

I have a monkey living with me, his name is Nicholas; he looks like a boy, but since he eats so many bananas I often call him “my monkey.” Well, that and his interest in climbing trees, play structures…you get the idea! My monkey keeps asking for new breakfast ideas from me. So, I decided to try transforming banana bread into french toast. The banana bread recipe is from a wonderful blog called Comfy Belly and then I modified a french toast recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 15th Edition (Better Homes & Gardens Plaid).  The experiment was a delicious success, I’m happy to report!

French Toast for Monkeys (Nicholas Rating = 100 Thumbs Up!)

Ingredients –

4 eggs, beaten

1 cup coconut milk (from carton)

2 Tbsp white sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

8 slices of  banana bread (see link below)

 2 – 4 Tbsp coconut oil for cooking the french toast

1. Make the Banana Bread Recipe (courtesy of Comfy Belly). Let it cool completely, or make it the night before. Slice it into thick slices.

2. In a shallow mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3. Dip banana bread slices into the mixture and let it soak in for about 10 seconds per side.

4. In a skillet or griddle, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add 2-3 pieces of banana bread at a time and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices, adding more coconut oil to skillet if needed.

5. Serve warm with maple syrup or honey!

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