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Friday, June 18, 2010

Banana Coconut Katsu


Happy Father's day to all the Dads out there! Our upcoming weekend is filled with social activities as this weekend I'm going over to the in-laws' to celebrate Father's day, and going to a friend's gathering the day before. Hope the weather is nice so that we can golf!

If you're wondering what the heck banana coconut katsu is, it can be a dessert, or a snack when excluding the ice cream! It's my kind of dessert...inspired by Wagamama Cookbook

Bananas are everywhere..It's a super fruit! Consumption of bananas is associated with a reduced risk of colerectal cancer and, in women, breast cancer. They also contain considerable amounts of vitamin B6, C and potassium. The bonus is they are cheap!

I'm often in a rush going to work in the morning, and more often than not I skip breakfast. It's a bad habit. I only have a cup of coffee and banana to start my day. Therefore, I always have both on hand. If you go to Asian grocery stores, you will see different types of bananas. Baby bananas are what we need for this dessert. You can use regular bananas if you like, but baby bananas are sweeter and creamier.

This dessert gives me a tropical feeling and is a perfect welcome dish for summer. Summer here we come. Sun please come and warm me up!

It's super easy to make (seriously) and is tasty with the nice crunch from panko and coconut. Oh, it can be fancy depending upon your decoration. On another note, it's funny to see my fellow bloggers talking about weather how they are ready for summer. Isn't it amazing to see how your peeps are doing in close and on different sides of the world? As I've read posts from my favorite blogs, they are talking about hot and warm weather.  I'm sitting here and looking outside: I only see cloudy and ugly weather...sigh...why can't the sun be nice to Seattle!

HOWEVER, I won't let this ugly weather stop me from having my summer. Enjoy the treat and welcome summer!

Banana with Coconut Katsu
Yield: 4

4 whole baby bananas
1 whole egg, beaten
3 TBS flour
1/2 cup Japanese panko (either regular or with honey-I used honey panko for a sweet touch)
1/2 cup + 2 TBS shredded sweetened coconut
4 coconut ice cream scoops or any flavor you like
confectioners' sugar for dusting
mint leaves
whipping cream
Vegetable or Canola oil for frying

  • Peel baby bananas and cut the tip ends; set aside
  • Arrange 3 plates--first flour, then beaten egg, and mixed panko & coconut
  • Roll banana in flour to coat, transfer to egg to coat, and finish it with panko and coconut mixture
  • If you like it more crunchy, you can repeat the 3-step coating
  • Heat up oil to 350F in a pan or small sauce pan to fry bananas
  • Test it by dropping a piece of coconut in the oil and if it cooks in 30 secs, then the oil is ready
  • Fry them until golden brown - about 5 mins
  • Remove from the pan and drain on paper towel
  • Cut in half, diagonal. Dust it with confectioners' sugar
  • Serve with ice cream
  • Garnish with any other fruit you have on hand, the remaining 2 TBS of coconut, whipping cream and mint leave

We ran out of coconut ice cream so we used vanilla flavor. Boo!

* This post is featured on FoodBuzz Top 9"*
** This post is featured on Yummly! -Banana Recipes You’ll Go Ape for**


The Housewife said...

Your recipe is so easy and sounds so tasty! I never would have thought of using panko while frying bananas but it's genius! Hope the sun shines on Seattle and you have a great weekend! :)

Julie M. said...

Oh YUM. That is right up my alley! Healthy and sweet all together in one beautiful little package.

I hope your weather perks up. It's way to hot here, I'll trade you a day!

Simply Life said...

wow, that looks great!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

I love baby bananas! They actually have more flavour and aroma than the usual larger Cavendish variety!

These remind me so much of a local treat over here called Goreng Pisang, which means fried bananas.

I know this will taste gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

These look scrumptious, so good with panko and coconut crust! Excellent summer treat!

Monet said...

Bananas, coconut and icecream? You have me sold. This looks like such a scrumptious summer dessert. Thanks for sharing!

Liv Wan said...

Wow...this dish looks absolutely beautiful.
I hope you will have a great weather this weekend. ;) Have fun with you family and friends

Pacheco Patty said...

Great recipe, I love baby bananas and of course coconut and don't forget ice cream! I hope you get some sunny weather and make it out there on the golf course!

eam.david said...

Looks yummy! Great with ice cream too. I'd definitely would want to try that recipe! =P.

lequan@luvtoeat said...

Tanantha, I love this dessert! I would eat this dessert any time of the year and it would bring some sunshine into my life. This has the perfect crunch and the combo of coconut and banana is deadly to me. Paired with ice cream, this is THE dessert for me. Have a great time at your in-laws and hopefully you get some sunshine for golfing. Thank you for sharing this scrumptious recipe :-P

Lazaro Cooks! said...


I love the dessert. Wonderful flavor and great presentation. I hope you get some sunshine your way. Have a fantastic weekend.

Great job with this dish. I would love one, thank you!

Be well

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Mmmm! Wonderful looking dish!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Magdalena said...

Mmmmm, looks very yummy...very nice little package; perfect for me and my daughter (my husband do not like bananas....)...have a good day....

Le said...

this looks so yummy! Reminds me of a filipino turon, but sooo much better :)

I wish it was summer in this area of the world

roxan said...

Ooo, this makes me a little giddy... or maybe it's because I just got home from work and it's Friday. But this looks so good! I've never seen baby bananas before though - they're so cute and chubby looking.

Stella said...

Hey Tanantha, I was about to post my favorite fried banana recipe! Oh no...
Yours is different than mine, so phew-it looks so wonderful with that golden coconut on top! Oh, and I think banana is the perfect food too, and I love the way even organic bananas are so inexpensive. Yes!
p.s. I used to drink a cup of coffee with banana every morning for years. Now, I just drink coffee, as I can't eat in the morning???

Cinda said...

This sounds and looks yum. I would have never thought to make it with panko but I'm going try it.

sweetlife said...

baby bananas and panko oh what a fablous teat, any father would enjoy dad love anuthing with banana flavor, I shall have to try this...


Baking Barrister said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I totally want some nowwww.

BTW, I only have regular panco. Could I perhaps squirt it with honey?

Cook with Madin said...

This recipe is easy, and sounds great. I'm with Le, this is like the the Filipino version "Turon". I love the addition of coconut and panko and of course serving them with ice cream, yummmm.
I hope you'll get some sunshine there soon.

Tanantha P. said...

Thanks everyone! baby bananas are chubby looking yes, but as Denise said it has more flavor and aroma than regular ones!

S, you could but you might have to let it dry or else you could buy it at Asian grocery store

Le and Madin, I know this dessert would appear in South East Asian countries; however, those don't use panko and cocont, tho

Stella, you only have a cup of coffee? you're worse then me! :)

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

What an amazing dessert! I love it. I will definitely try to make it some day. Warm bananas are really good. Mm.

Magic of Spice said...

What a perfect and delightful dish...Stunning photos as well:)

Patrick said...

This is an amazing idea!!!!
i love coconut, i love bananas, and i LOVE deep fried stuff

i was going to make some katsu and japanese curry last night but i also made some okonomiyaki and ended up not making the curry. maybe next time!

but this is brilliant! im going to try this!

Judy said...

Congrats, Tanantha! Your dessert looks delicious! I see mini bananas at the Korean market all the time and always think they'd be perfect for bebe E but never would have thought o make something so delicious. Hope you had a nice time golfing - we have something in common! :) I haven't golfed since I got pregnant though. I totally miss it!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Fried bananas? Holy Batman, it's genius! I'd drizzle 'em with chocolate syrup but only because the hubster is not a fan of coconut (crazy, right?) :)

Chef Dennis said...

those sound so good...I love the coconut on them! I know my girls would love them with any ice cream....and maybe some caramel sauce!

citronetvanille said...

OH this is way to tempting! coconut and banana together, it's simply irresistible!

Spicie Foodie said...

Yummy! I want some of those , now :) Great recipe. I hope you get some sunshine soon :)

Anonymous said...

That sounds and looks delicious! I bookmarked it. Thanks!

nandini said...

Lovely!!!... Your recipes are new to me and like the variation. Can i use breadcrumbs instead of panko as i doubt if i can get them here...
THis dessert looks absolutely beautiful.

Tanantha P. said...

yes, breadcrumb works just fine but with less crunchiness

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