Transform America's favorite fruit into a tropical treat called Sweet Banana Bruschetta, elegant enough to serve at a dinner party and easy enough to make as an afternoon snack. A crunchy caramelized topping covers layers of chocolate cream cheese and bananas.
>6 1/2-to-3/4-inch thick slices sweet Hawaiian bread, egg bread, or raisin bread
>1 mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup tub cream cheese with pineapple
1-1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3 bananas, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Sifted powdered sugar (optional)
Chocolate curls (optional)
Toast bread and let cool. Combine mashed banana, cream cheese, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Spread some of the mixture over each toasted bread slice. Place slices on a cookie sheet. Layer banana slices on top of cream cheese mixture. Brush bananas with melted butter or margarine. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Broil bruschetta 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 30 to 60 seconds or until banana slices just begin to glaze. To serve, sprinkle tops with sifted powdered sugar and garnish with chocolate curls, if desired. Serve immediately.
Recipe makes 6 bruschetta.
Serving size: 1 bruschetta
Calories: 297; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Sodium: 196mg; Carbohydrates: 52g; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 7g
Food exchanges: 2 fruit, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat
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