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Fried Banana Split

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Chocolate Sauce:

One 4-ounce bar semisweet chocolate, chopped

Small pinch cayenne pepper (less than 1/16 teaspoon)


1 tablespoon unsalted butter

4 slightly underripe bananas, split lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise in half

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. For the chocolate sauce: Combine the chocolate and 1/4 cup water in a heavy small saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until the sauce is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in small pinch cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  2. For the bananas: Place the brown sugar in a pie dish or on a plate. Toss the bananas in the brown sugar until nicely coated. Melt the butter in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until the butter becomes golden brown. Add the bananas to the hot pan cut-side down. Turn the bananas over as soon as they are golden brown and the sugar forms a crunchy coat on the bananas, about 30 seconds per side (do not allow bananas to become soft and mushy). Divide the bananas between 2 shallow bowls or plates. Spoon the chocolate sauce over the bananas. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds, and serve immediately.
  3. Cook's Notes: To toast the almonds, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.
  4. An alternate way to melt the chocolate is to combine the chocolate and water in a small metal bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water, and stir the chocolate mixture until melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from over the water and set aside.

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