James Bailey | The Yankee Chef: Simple banana dessert has a tropical flavor


A Bahama Mama beverage is the great convergence of tropical fruit juices, coconut rum and grenadine. I have substituted the grenadine with pomegranate juice (which is what grenadine originally was derived from) for a delightful fruity/tart flavor. I can't think of one simple dessert, such as this, that incorporates so much of the tropics.

Crunchy Bahama Mama Bananas


1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup coconut flakes

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 bananas

1/2 cup frozen tangerine orange juice, thawed

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup pomegranate juice *

1/2 cup frozen lemonade, thawed

1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder

4 thick slices lemon cake, cubed


Preheat oven to 275-degrees F. In a small bowl, blend oats, flour, coconut, butter and cinnamon, mixing until moistened throughout. Spread out on a cookie pan and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside. Meanwhile, peel and slice bananas on the bias; set aside. In a large saucepan, add all juices, lemonade and Chinese 5-spice powder. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Continue cooking until reduced and thickened, stirring once in a while. This will only take about 5 minutes.

When thick and syrupy, add banana slices, gently stir to combine and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until bananas are heated through; remove from heat.

To assemble, evenly divide cake cubes among 4 serving bowls. Top with equal amounts of banana topping and sprinkle oat mixture over the top. Serve warm.

* If desired, use 3/4 cup pineapple juice instead of 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cup grenadine in place of pomegranate juice.


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