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Warm Coconut Banana Bonanza Bowl

When Rob and I were in Seattle, one extremely rainy evening, we went to a little Thai place for dinner. We rarely order dessert at ethnic restaurants since they aren’t usually our style, but we decided to live large and order the coconut milk dessert. It was amazing.

So I recreated it at home. Not quite as amazing using lite coconut milk, but still delicious. And healthier.DSC_0884-1

Warm Coconut Banana Bonanza Bowl
[not the official thai name]

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  • 1 can (15 oz) lite coconut milk or regular, if you’re feeling extravagant [mmm….love that creamy goodness on top of regular coconut milk…sorry, I digress]
  • 2 bananas
  • cinnamon
  • some sort of coconut meat, optional [this was in the dessert we got at the restaurant, but I haven’t looked for it at the store]
  1. Slice up the two bananas and divide between two bowls. Add the coconut meat, if using.
  2. Divide the coconut milk between the two bowls, pouring over the banana slices.
  3. Microwave until warm, 30-60 seconds. Let cool slightly.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste and enjoy.

Ever notice how many desserts from other cultures are fruit based? Kind of makes me feel like I have desensitized taste buds when I require something really rich to satisfy my sweet tooth. Oh well. I’m cool with it. 🙂 But I’m also cool with fruit desserts. Sometimes.

On a totally unrelated topic, I just started reading The Help and can’t put it down. What book are you currently reading?

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica @ How Sweet
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    I am reading The Help too!

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    Lee
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    I loved The Help. I just read The Art of Racing in the Rain. Loved it.

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    Katie Heddleston
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    I’m reading The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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    Mmm, that looks delicious.

    When you went to the Thai restaurant did you try Thai Iced Tea?? I get it every time I go and am obsessed!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      No, I’ve never even heard of it! What’s it like? Now I want to go get Thai just so I can try it!

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    Claire
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    That dessert sounds amazing…I love all those ingredients but yeah, most often I am a chocolate dessert type person!

    I wish I was reading something right now..I picked up trail of crumbs form my parents home to read and hope to start this weekend!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    i’m about to start the twilight series…yes, i’m a little late…what of it?! 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      hahah. better late than never. I loved the books but hated the first two movies. I haven’t seen the 3rd one yet though…

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    Jennifer
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    Yum!! My Mom read that book and said it was amazing. I am currently reading “Social Media 101” by Chris Brogan, lol. Social media is just so fascinating!

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    Megan (Running Foodie)
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    Ooooh, “The Help” was SO GOOD! You will totally love it. I am currently reading “Little Bee” and am looking forward to starting “Cutting for Stone” when I finish!

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    Jill
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    I’m finally getting around to reading In Defense of Food. I’ve skimmed it a few tims, but this time I’m actually reading it.

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    Laura @ youngDCliving
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    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest! Last one…such a good series. Have you read any of these?

    • Reply
      Teri
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      No I’ve never even heard of them! I’ll have to look into it! I love good series.

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
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    I wish I was reading a book – bad girl. I started In Defense of Food. Someone make me finish it!

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    Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
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    Ooh, such a simple idea but sounds soo amazing!

    I’m currently reading like 5 books haha but my fav is Add More ~Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein. I love it!! I heard The Help was amazing. I see everyone reading it!

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      Teri
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      I’m the same way – always have like 5 books on my nightstand and trying to read them all.

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    Courtney (Delightful Devours)
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    Oh my, that dessert looks fantastic! I’m usually not an ethnic dessert type of girl either, but I think I would most likely bend for that one.

    I’m currently reading The Glass Castle. I know I’m behind on the book hype, but that is the type of reader I am. Loving it so far!

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      Teri
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      I loved The Glass Castle. Amazing story.

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
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    I just finished The Help (GREAT!) and Dear John (typical Nicholas Sparks, but good). Now I am onto Kabul Beauty School which I am loving so far!

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    Kat (Bubble Gum Gym Kat)
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    oooh I love anything coconut!! I am reading Transformation by Bill Phillips and just starting Mindless Eating

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    Nichole
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    Everyone is reading The Help this summer, hope you love it!

    I am reading Sex, Drug and Cocoa Puffs. Sucker for pop culture.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      haha – what is that book about?? I’ve never heard of it!

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    Allie
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    Ohhh coconut milk!! That sounds so refreshing. What is The Help about?

    • Reply
      Teri
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      It’s about black women working for white families in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. Fiction, but fascinating.

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    sarah @ syrupandhoney
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    When you do look for fresh coconut at the store, your best bet is in the frozen fruit or vegetable section, by the way. Always get the unsweetened, and while most “regular” grocery stores carry it, your best bet of course is an international store. The dessert sounds delicious!

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      Teri
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      Thanks for the info! I had no idea where to find it!

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
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    The Help is on my “to-read” list! Maybe I’ll have to read it after I finish Secrets of Eden, which I just checked out from the library yesterday.

    I really want to go to Seattle some day (soon!).

    Also, thanks for the comment on my post!!

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    Alycia @ Fit n Fresh
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    I’m not reading anything at the moment – too busy! It’s sad but true. The next book I want to get my hands on though is a book on lifting lol (:

    That banana bonanza looks delish girl! If only I had someone to split it with me…
    hint hint

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
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    Such a simple dessert! Sometimes the simplest are the best 🙂

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    highonhealthy
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    That looks delicious and super easy to make! I want to try it.

    Right now I’m not reading anything but I’m about to pick up some kind of nutrition/detox book that looks really good. It just arrived in the mail today so I kind of forget what it’s called.. but it looks promising!

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    Rowie
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    I’m reading The Man in the Iron Mask my Alexandre Dumas. Smart and funny historic adventure novel. I just love reading Dumas! The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo are both amazing reads too! (Check out my book list on my blog!)

    • Reply
      Teri
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      The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books. I’ve never read anything else by Dumas but I need to. Your book list is GREAT!

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    Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter
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    A nutritionist made this for me for breakfast when he was trying to help my digestive system. I’ve never microwaved it. Must make!

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    Kelly Olexa
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    OMG that looks so divine. I’ve heard so many people writing about Coconut Water but not milk. I do want to try this, as I love coconut, totally. Does a Mounds bar count? (rrriiiggghhttt)
    I’m a late to the party reader of “Eat Pray Love”, which I am addicted to. Then I’m reading Ken Follett “Pillars of the Earth” after my niece and SIL raved so much about it.

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      Teri
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      My husband just read Pillars of the Earth, but told me he didn’t think I’d like it. 🙂 I want to hear what you think!

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    Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
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    I’m not big on ethnic desserts either – gimme a brownie any day, but I’ll pass on the tiramisu, the flan, the dulce leche, the fried ice cream…

    I just started rereading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar! I love psychology and this book has to be one of my favorites!

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    Kelsey (Nourishing Noshes)
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    Just started The Kite Runner! The Help is next on my list!

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    Allie @ CookReadRun
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    Dessert looks amazing! Will try!!

    I’m reading Collapse: Why Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. It make me sound like a bring perosn, but I’m really not 🙂 I have heard a lot about the help. It’s on my half.com wishlist. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

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    [email protected]'s Going The Distance
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    Omg, I love coconut milk! That’s such a great idea 🙂 I’m in a book club and reading Atonement, actually, should have already finished it by now. Then moving on to Running With Scissors. Saw Atonement, not RWS.

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