Grilled Fruit with Spiced Chai Syrup

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (1 serving is 2 banana halves plus 2 Tbs syrup)
  • Nutrition Info
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Spiced Chai Syrup:

1/2 cup water

1 chai tea-bag

3/4 cup honey

5 peppercorns

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

2 cardamom pods

1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled

2 whole cloves

Grilled bananas:

Cooking spray

4 ripe, firm bananas


  1. For the syrup: In a small saucepan, boil 1/2 cup water. Turn off heat, add tea-bag and brew tea, leaving bag in the water until cool and tea is very dark. Remove tea-bag, squeezing out excess tea. Add honey and all of the spices. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 to 7 minutes, or until liquid has slightly reduced and you are left with 1 cup of liquid. Remove from heat and cool for half an hour. Using a fine-meshed sieve or tea brewer, strain out whole spices. Syrup should be thinner than honey, but still have body.
  2. For the bananas: Preheat grill or grill pan sprayed with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Slice bananas in half lengthwise. Grill fruit until slightly softened and light grill marks form, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place 2 banana halves on a dessert plate and drizzle with 2 tablespoons syrup.
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