Sometimes my sweet tooth is very specific. Do you guys ever find this to be the case? If I don’t satisfy that precise craving with something in the ballpark I end up consuming way too much sugar/sweets without satiating the desire. Bad news bears. Sometimes it’s rice pudding, sometimes creme brulee, and sometimes it’s the boozy sweetness of bananas foster paired with some creamy dairy dream. Though I have a sweet tooth, I find most desserts are just way too sweet for me in general. I tend to cut the sugar in most recipes and, in that vein, find bananas foster over ice cream to be so sweet that it dominates the delightful flavors in the dish. The easy and healthier alternative to a so-sweet-it-makes-you-pucker foster is swapping ice cream for plain greek yogurt. The thick, creamy, tartness of the yogurt is such a nice contrast to the warm flavors of banana, whiskey and spice. Mmmmm, I want some right now. Make this, it’s easy and awesome and you get to light something on fire! Win-win!
When I shot this I made it with homemade ice cream which I make A LOT less sweet than store bought but I still find it a bit too much. The Mister loves it with the ice cream but the yogurt version is definitely my jam!
- 1 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup whiskey (I like Jack Daniels)
- 2 ripe bananas, ⅓" slices
- ½ cup raw pecans or these maple glazed pecans (leave out the herbs)
- 2% plain greek yogurt OR ice cream for serving
- Bring whiskey, butter/oil, sugar, cinnamon and allspice to a boil in a large skillet. Turn the heat off (so as not to ignite the whiskey) and gently stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
- Return to medium heat and bring to a simmer. At this point I like to ignite the mixture with the burner flame or a grill lighter and watch it dance. It'll die down on it's own but light with care because it's a hefty amount of booze and makes a big flame.
- Simmer until the mixture thickens a bit, add bananas and cook until just barely soft, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pecans.
- Let cool then spoon over cups of yogurt.