Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla

Dessert during the September Challenge? Heck yeah! Especially if it’s leftover Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadillas!

I’ve been buying bananas because they’re one of the cheapest produce items available to me, but sometimes I get a little tired of them and I’m not a fan of overly browned bananas… well, not by themselves anyway. Pair them with some brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and peanut butter and I’m on board!

So, I had a little fun in my kitchen the other day and whipped up this ooey-gooey Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla. I love just about anything in a toasted tortilla, so that’s why I turned these caramelized bananas into a dessert quesadilla, but you could totally scoop them onto your oatmeal or even a bowl of ice cream. I paired them with salty peanut butter to give the sweetness some good contrast and to satisfy my “salt tooth” (yeah, I’m one of those salt-craving peeps).ย This is a single serving dessert, but you could easily double it if you have a jealous friend. Caramelized Banana Quesadillas for everybody!

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Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla

Tired of banana bread? Here's a fun new way to use up those over ripe bananas! Caramelized banana, peanut butter, and cinnamon make a warm, delicious treat.

Total Cost $0.49 each
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana $0.22
  • 1 small flour tortilla $0.10
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter $0.06
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter $0.07
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • Dash of cinnamon $0.02

Instructions

  1. Slice the banana. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the sliced banana and brown sugar. Cook the banana in the butter and brown sugar until the slices turn golden brown and slightly sticky. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  2. Spread the peanut butter over half of the quesadilla. Scoop the caramelized banana slices onto the peanut butter. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top. Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the filled side.
  3. Place the quesadilla in a clean dry skillet and cook over medium heat until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Slice the quesadilla into triangles using a large knife or pizza cutter, then serve.

Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla

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Step by Step Photos

Ripe Banana

Start with one ripe banana. Ripe bananas have a higher sugar content, which is really important for the flavor and caramelizing action.

Peanut Butter Tortilla Sliced Banana

Slice the banana and spread 1 Tbsp peanut butter over half of one small flour tortilla.

Melted Butter Banana Brown Sugar

Melt 1/2 Tbsp butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the sliced bananas and sprinkle 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar over top. Cook the bananas in the butter and sugar.

Caramelized Bananas

Cook until the bananas get a golden brown coating from the caramelized butter and sugar. They should be sticky and gooey. Remove the skillet from the heat.

PB Bananas Cinnamon

Scoop the caramelized bananas onto the peanut butter side of the tortilla. Add a dash of cinnamon (my cinnamon came out REALLY fast. Ooops.)

Toasted Quesadilla

Fold the tortilla closed, then cook in a clean dry skillet over medium heat until the tortilla is golden brown and crispy on both sides. Yes, I used two skillets because the sugar left over in the caramelized skillet would have made the tortilla stick, but it’s SOย worth it.

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Slice the quesadilla into triangles. You can use a large knife, but I find that a pizza wheel works the best. If you cut from the “open” side in towards the folded edge, you’ll get less oozing.

Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla - BudgetBytes.com

Yaassssssss. So warm, sweet, and delicious. Thisย Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla isย the perfect little treat.