Monday, February 14, 2011

Roasted Banana for a Warm Breakfast

Plantain with milk
A simple breakfast recipe that brings back good memories from the days when I visited my grandma’s country farm. She had a large piece of land designated for banana trees.That area was so huge that, as a kid it was our special place to play "hide and seek" games. But that kind of banana growing in her farm is not easily found here in the United States. Surprisingly I found it few days ago while I was shopping for groceries in a Asian Market place with the name of “Burro Banana” (Donkey Banana). Even though it looks a lot like the ones my Grandma had in her farm, it didn’t taste same. So I decided to find out more about these particular type of bananas. What happened next is that I discovered a whole world of information on more than 1,200 varieties of bananas, full of Vitamin c, Potassium and even fiber, just to list a few of their virtues! I guess Grandma knew best what to feed her growing grandchildren. Just a roasted banana served with some fresh milk and that’s it! In those good old days there was no need to "open a box" or a "bottle" for breakfast. The cow and the banana trees were right there across the kitchen patio. Nowadays and once in a while a plain plantain is good enough for me to do the trick back to Grandma’s kitchen. And I am glad to know that there are still women in my country feeding this healthy breakfast to their kids. No chemicals, fillers or artificial flavors added!
To cook this you do not need your measuring cups.
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Plantain bananas and Burro Bananas, pick one.
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Place the banana in a hot skillet and roast, turn to roast evenly. It is ok if it rips. You can make a small slit to the peel before roasting if you prefer to let steam out thru it. This can also be done under your broiler. Or during your next barbecue, placing the bananas in top of the grill and have it as a dessert.
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After a few minutes it will look like this and now it is ready to serve in a small bowl with some warm milk and topped with ground cinnamon. Look at all the caramel dripping from the banana.
Pumpkin with milk
And if you enjoy pumpkins, this is another way you can eat it. Baked pumpkin with warm milk and a teaspoon of brown sugar. These 2 dishes were common for breakfast or as a light dinner growing up at Grandma’s house. Now use your imagination and add the toppings of your choice.
¡Buen provecho!
Note: Originally published as a guest post at Rebecca’s Blog “ Chow and Chatter”. Stop by and visit her blog. Her recipes are always easy and healthy. Did I need to say more?
This post is part of the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

35 comments :

  1. a friend shared your blog with me and i am loving it. thank you for this wonderful recipe. i will surely try it tomorrow.

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  2. Delicious breakfast, I love bananas, we use burro bananas for cooking, when it gets ripe poor mom has to eat as no takers in home. I love plantains too. It is most welcome in my house in any form.

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  3. Mmmm qué delicia, no lo había probado así, igual y puede ser como topping para algún atole de avena o arroz con leche pues no me gusta del todo la leche solita jejeje = S

    Mil gracias Mely
    Salu2 y Feliz Día!

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  4. yummy! rico! nunca emos comido con platano pero calabsita si! es nuestro favorito! thanks for sharing mely!

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  5. Hello Swathi,

    I put the bananas in the freezer when they are becoming to dark and there are no takers in my house. When Sunday morning comes, I fry the bananas and they will sure love to eat them.

    Hola, Ziho.

    Si uno le puede poner lo que quiera.:)

    Hi! Barbie,
    I hope you try the bananas.

    Mely

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  6. que buena receta.. and fresh thats what I love about Mexican abuelas recipes..always from scratch.nunca a probado con warm leche.so como calabasa dulce con leche.mmmm.. knowing me I will add la lechera sweet milk to it.
    thanks Mely

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  7. Hi Mely. Great recipe. Isn't it great thinking about day gone by and the wonderful memories, especially of food. Happy Valentine's Day to you and thank you for such a great recipe. Something that my Dad used to do for us, was slice a bunch of bananas, strawberries, apples if we had them, sprinkled with sugar and filled the big bowl with milk.We'd all get our small bowls and in fact this memory popped up in my mind the other day and I was going to post about it and probably still will. Thanks. Have a great day.

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful breakfast or treat, Mely! I will definitely try this...we are a house of banana lovers! =)

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  9. I love when food evokes such wonderful memories..my hubby is a big banana lover, so saving this recipe to try..he will surely love this one :)

    Happy V day to you n your loved ones :)


    US Masala

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  10. Mely, This is simply beautiful! I never had roasted banana. And the combination with the warm milk and ground cinnamon...sounds TERRIFIC.
    Delicioso Breakfast :) Este fin de semana lo quiero hacer :)

    Thank you for sharing this recipe and your memories.

    Feliz San Valentin <3

    Besotes,

    Aldy.

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  11. Que bonito recuerdo y que rico and healthy breakfast i'm going to try out someday, ese tipo de banano me gusta frito y con crema.

    Que tengas una buena semana Mely :)

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  12. There is nothing better than the simple but delicious recipes of our mothers and grandmothers. This is a great way of eating bananas, Mely! Thanks for sharing your food and your memories. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  13. That looks absolutely delicious, my mouth is watering and I wish I had one right now. You are right, grammas always know best how to fill our bellies. I was very lucky to have lived with my grandmother for two years.

    Hope you have a blessed week!

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  14. I will have to try this for my granddaughter, thanks.

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  15. that is so simple and amazing looking! yummm, i love banana and love finding new ways to make it! love your blog, thanks so very much for sharing! :)
    -meg
    @ http://www.clutzycooking.blogspot.com
    @ http://www.myscribblednotebook.blogspot.com

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  16. That look so sweet banana and yumi

    Farida
    http://rawsfood.blogspot.com

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  17. Nunca había conocido esta manera de "hornear" el plátano, me gustó mucho.. fácil, rico y nutritivo :). Tampoco sabía que había tantas variedades de plátanos.
    Gracias Mely, un abrazo fuerte :)

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  18. Ooooooooo!!!!!!!! What great ideas. Thank you!

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  19. I always love learning about traditional foods in other areas. Thanks for sharing food with such good memories.

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  20. Thank all for stopping by. It is always nice to read your kind comments.

    Have a blessed weekend. :)

    Mely

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  21. Mely, what a simple sweet treat. I had a bunch of regular bananas, and I split one in half and heated it in a skillet with butter and tossed it into my oatmeal, um um good. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. Mely, I love the idea of roasted banana and so much enjoyed reading about your Abuela! Such wonderful memories! I passed your blog on to my father-in-law. I thought he would enjoy this recipe, as well. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me and for your sweet comments, always. It's so nice to hear from you. Have a wonderful weekend! Candace

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  23. I have never cooked bananas this way.Roasted bananas sound awesome..I m sure my husband would love it.Loved reading all those sweet food memories :)

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  24. HI Mely! you also bring back huge memories for me from visiting MY granny when she lived in puerto rico and she had bananas growing down the finka and also coffee trees! I ate plenty of hot banana con leche as well! What a lovely recipe! thanks so much for sharing your memories and this recipe on the hearth and soul hop! all the best! Alex

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  25. This would make a great campfire dessert. Healthy, almost no mess, and if I drizzled chocolate over it, my husband might even love it.

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  26. I love bananas and this recipe is another way I can enjoy them. I just signed up to follow your blog and I look forward to reading more of your delicious recipes!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  27. This sounds like a yummy breakfast. Simple, easy and delicious! NICE!

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  28. Oh Mely, I bet my kids would devour such a delicious breakfast and they would think it was such a treat! Thank you for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

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  29. Mely que preciosos recuerdos! Será ese plátano llamado costillón? que es como acidito...

    Oye no me estan llegando tus entradas... no se por que =(

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  30. THIS is comfort food to me, I can almost taste it's delicious creamy flavor right now. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  31. I have never roasted a banana. Now I am curious about the taste.

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  32. Hola Nora,
    Los que hacia mi abuelita era los costillones, pero eso de la foto no son iguales. Tiene un sabor mas dulce pero simples en cuanto a sabor a platano se refiere.

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  33. I've never heard of a burro banana, but have had plantain. Roasted looks so good! Great breakfast, but would love a bowl of that now, for a snack!

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  34. I've came to save you, I'm from Veracruz and we call that kind of platano, PLATANO MACHO and it is usually served fried. I too have lots of memories of my grandma cooking me the fried ones, those are the best. Search for PLATANOS FRITOS (Veracruz ones)

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