Saturday, February 26, 2011

Banana Caramel Yogurt Parfait

I've launched a little food-related project in conjunction with the folks at Fooducopia, a site where small food producers sell their products. My part in this is that I'll be creating recipes specifically for products sold on the Fooducopia site. This is one of those recipes. The  product this time was Harvest Caramel Sauce from Sweet & Saucy.

I was an adult before I realized bananas could be cooked. And even longer before I realized that banana bread wasn't the only way they could be cooked. But of course, the first cooked bananas I encountered were a little too fancy for everyday serving. Bananas Foster is a tasty dish, but not everyone wants to deal with flaming alcohol.

One of my favorite fruit combinations is bananas and Greek-style yogurt. The yogurt is thick and creamy, and it seems so decadent. But in reality, if you're buying a plain, unsweetened version, even the full-fat version isn't as calorie-laden as you might think. That combination makes a fine breakfast or snack, but as a dessert it cries out for just a tiny bit more indulgence.

Cooking bananas brings out their sweetness and adding caramel sauce put this over the top, to make this seem like a fabulously indulgent and ridiculously fancy dessert. But looks are deceiving This simple dessert can be made in a few minutes with few ingredients. It's light and sweet, with the warm bananas contrasting with the cool yogurt. It would make a nice family dessert, but it's different enough to serve to company.

Sweet & Saucy makes quite a few different sauces including different caramels and fudges. I chose the Harvest Caramel for this dish, but any of the caramels would be fine. Bananas might not be the first thing you think of when you hear "harvest" but the flavors matched perfectly.

For an even more decadent dessert, substitute ice cream for the yogurt. For added crunch, sprinkle some chopped nuts on top.

Banana Caramel Yogurt Parfait

For cooking:
1 tablespoon butter
For each serving:
1 banana, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
Several generous spoons of Sweet & Saucy Harvest Caramel Sauce
1/4 cup (or more, as desired) Greek-style yogurt

Heat the butter on medium heat in a nonstick pan. Cook the banana slices until they just begin to color on one side, then flip them over. Add the caramel sauce and stir to coat the bananas.

Take the bananas off the heat and layer the bananas and yogurt in serving bowls or glasses. Top with additional sauce, if desired.

To be clear, I'm not reviewing or endorsing the products in this recipe. I've created the recipe for Fooducopia to post its site and I'm re-posting the recipe here for my readers as well. Then again, since I created the recipe, rest assured that I liked it. I don't cook stuff that we're not going to eat.


Anonymous said...

I didn't know that using caramel sauce was considered cooking...

Anonymous said...

Look delicious though!! :)

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