From Trina’s Recipe Box – Bananas for Bedtime!
I’m always looking for an excuse to sneak a little sweetness into my daily intake of fruits and veggies.  Did you know that bananas are an excellent food to eat before bed?  They contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium, and they are carbs, which will help make you sleepy as well.

Admittedly, by adding sugar to the mix isn’t quite as conducive to sleep, but if you’re having dessert, you might as well get some benefit, right?  And you can whip this up in 15 minutes or less….start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 2    Tbs unsalted butter
  • ¼   cup dark brown sugar
  • ½   tsp ground allspice
  • ½   tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1    Tbs banana liqueur
  • 2    under ripe bananas, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • ¼   cup dark rum
  • ½   tsp finely grated orange zest
  1. Melt the butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over low heat. Add brown sugar, allspice and nutmeg and stir until sugar dissolves.  Add banana liqueur and bring sauce to a simmer.
  1. Add bananas and cook for 1 minute on each side, carefully spooning the sauce over the bananas as they cook. Remove banana and place in a serving dish.
  1. Bring sauce to a simmer and add the rum. If the sauce is hot, it will flame on its own.  If not, using stick flame, carefully ignite and continue cooking until flame dies out (approx 1-2 minutes).  If sauce is too thin, continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until syrupy in consistency.  Add orange zest and stir to combine.
  1. Immediately spoon the sauce over the bananas and serve with ice cream, crepes or waffles.

* Makes two servings.

* Serve with ice cream, waffles, crepes or a dollop of whipped cream.

Confession time: this is not my recipe.  It’s from Food Network guru Alton Brown, but my family loves it and yours will too.   It’s also a great date-night dessert…the flaming of the rum is guaranteed to impress!