When I think of bananas, I usually think of an exotic fruit that gives you energy and that it’s best eaten in the morning or thrown into a sort of cake. Well, it turns out there are countless things you can do with bananas. One of these is a Cranberry-Topped Pudding. Now, I’m not really sure that this is actually a pudding, but we’ll let that slide by; it’s not that important anyway. What’s important is that you can have this pudding for breakfast, brunch, dessert, snack, you name it. And even more important is the fact that it’s featherlight, filling and fabulous!
I came across this recipe a few weeks ago. It was nicely delivered with our Thursday Pittsburgh Post-Gazette paper. And out of the 10 easy things to do with bananas, this one stood out the most. It was easy, fast and looked (at least in the picture) gorgeous. I planned on trying this recipe for brunch over the weekend one of these days, but it turned out that brunch came sooner than expected. Not long ago, both Adrian and I were in the mood for something sweet. I’m not the only one in our family who has a sweet tooth; my husband is a major sweet lover. Unfortunately, I was out of anything dessert like. So, I had to improvise. And this is how our pre-planned brunch turned into a late night dessert. And it was well worth it!
This pudding is a great way to start your morning or as it turned out for us to end your night. The Greek yogurt and ricotta cheese make this pudding hearty, while the cranberries make it chewy and tart. And you’ll also get an energy boost from the bananas. Sprinkle some toasted sliced almonds on top for an extra layer of texture, crunchy bite and nutty flavor. You will not be sorry.
Adapted from Dash (March 2012)
Serves: 4 servings
· 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
· 3 sliced bananas
· 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
· ¼ cup ricotta cheese
· 2 Tablespoons honey
· 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
Sprinkle lemon juice over the bananas. In a large bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, ricotta cheese and honey. Add bananas. Spoon into 4 serving bowls. Top each serving with dried cranberries.
Poftă Bună! (Bon Appétit!)