Ok, these are just downright delicious. I admit it. I was skeptical when I was first introduced to them while on vacation this summer at the Turks and Caicos Islands. But, the sweet and smoky flavors of the banana and bacon create quite a savory snack or appetizer, and of course they provide some good nutrients for our bodies as well. They are super easy to make, and the protein and fat in the meat combined with the carbohydrate in the banana make them a well-balanced after school snack for kids. Plus, who can turn down bacon??
When choosing any packaged meat like bacon, be careful to choose the freshest, highest quality and consider the following:
- go organic or hormone-free
- pick one with the least number of ingredients
- look for nitrite/nitrate free
- best bet is to buy fresh if available
For this recipe, I chose a nitrate-free turkey bacon. Nitrates/nitrites are in pretty much all processed and packaged meats unless noted on the package and can be dangerous to your health, as they are believed to cause: hardening and narrowing of blood vessels leading to heart disease, difficulty regulating blood sugar so increasing the risk for diabetes, an increased risk of thyroid disease, and increased risk of cancer because they contain a precursor to known carcinogens.
- 2 bananas, each cut into 5 chunks
- 5 slices of bacon, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon natural cajun seasoning
- 10 toothpicks
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small dish, combine maple syrup and cajun seasoning.
- Roll each chunk of banana in the maple syrup mixture, and then wrap each chunk with a piece of bacon, securing with a toothpick.
- Place each wrapped banana in a baking dish, and brush a little of the maple syrup mixture on top.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, flip, and then brush a little of the maple syrup mixture on the other side.
- Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until bacon is completely cooked.