This simple topping could as easily go on top of ice cream as oatmeal, and it takes just minutes to toss together.
- Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
- Slice the banana into thirds and then each piece lengthwise (6 pieces total).
- Place the banana slices in the melted butter, flat side down.
- Cook for 3 minutes on medium (or medium-low if you’re on a big burner), uncovered.
- Meanwhile, wash and finely dice or slice the apple (about 1/2 centimeter pieces). Choose a nice cooking apple like a Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Cortland, or really just about anything that’s not overly tart.
- Flip each banana slice individually. They should be nicely browned and a bit crispy on the bottom (cook 1-2 more minutes if not yet browned, see picture below).
- Add the apple to the skillet, trying to fill the spaces between the bananas in the melted butter, and sprinkle everything with cinnamon, nuts and optional ginger.
- Cover and cook 3 minutes on low heat, checking once or twice to make sure nothing is getting too brown.
- Take the cover off and turn the heat back up to medium to caramelize the fruit a bit more. Watch closely and stir gently so as to not overbrown anything.
- Remove from heat and serve warm.
- Serves 1 for a dessert dish or 2-4 as a topping.
If you really want a sweeter treat, add a bit of real maple syrup or a dusting of sucanat when you add the apples.