Your Ten-Minute Bowl of Bananas in Coconut Milk

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Author Notes: A last-minute, unfancy, deeply unphotogenic, invariably child-pleasing dessert, with very little sugar and a lot of warm, fuzzy feeling. Southeast Asian in origin, but top at whim. (Homemade coconut milk totally optional.)Nicholas Day

Serves 4

Homemade Coconut Milk (optional)

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. Place the shredded coconut in a blender and pour in 2 cups of very hot water (but not boiling, to avoid the danger of the glass cracking). Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until the coconut and the milk are throughly combined. Let it soak for five or ten minutes and then pour it through a fine-mesh strainer, straining again through a cheesecloth if necessary (or if you are feeling finicky). Squeeze the coconut solids to push as much liquid out as you can. If not using soon, refrigerate.

The Actual Dessert

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 can of coconut milk or the homemade coconut milk from above
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • optional toppings: chopped Marcona almonds, sesame seeds, cinnamon
  1. Slice the bananas however you like. (I prefer slicing them lengthwise twice and then horizontally once, but that's just me. Chunks are fine too.) Warm the coconut milk in a saucepan and dissolve the sugar and salt over low heat. Then add the bananas and cook for several minutes (if you like them firm) or up to ten (if you like them mushy). Dish into bowls. Top at whim.

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about 1 month ago Kevin French

Made this for the family - and they raved. Added a bit more sugar to sweeten it up, and added cinnamon and sliced almonds as well. Will make this again, and again, and again. Thanks!


4 months ago Angelica

Feeling under the weather... This made a perfect simple snack to replace dinner. Luckily made simpler having prepared the mylk last night.


over 1 year ago Wilma Diaz-Cruz

I made this for quick lunch. I did not have coconut. I added a bit of sweet condensed milk to coconut milk and the salt. I used 3/4 of can because its just my craving. Sliced banana and topped with chopped walnuts. Awesomeness!! My tummy is dancing. Thank you.


over 1 year ago twinjadojo

I whipped this up after fried egg pho for dinner. It's darned delicious! I added a few shakes of ground cardamom to the coconut milk along with the sugar and salt, and then topped with more unsweetened shredded coconut, raw sesame seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The twinjas liked it, though I think they really loved it and we're just deducting points for momma serving it too hot. Will happily dump the extra coconut 'broth' into our next smoothie. Thanks for this. It's always the simple things . . .