Nun Bananas in Coconut Milk: Quick Thai Dessert For the Wednesday Hump Day Horrors

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Ah, Wednesday. Halfway through the week, and the last thing I want to do is spend my evening in the kitchen after working all day. Unfortunately, Wednesday night is usually when I’m jonesing for a dessert to soften the blow of waking early for the last two days of the work week. If you’re suffering from a bad case of hump day, may today’s recipe be so tasty that you forget to dread Thursday and Friday.

Below you’ll find a 5-ingredient dessert that brings a taste of Thailand to your kitchen. Bananas, coconut, and sugar. Simple but oh so delicious gluten-free vegan fare. Named for Thai nuns’ white robes, Nun Bananas in Coconut Milk (Gluay Buat Chee) will take 15 minutes of your Wednesday evening, from prep to finish.

Be sure to serve the dessert immediately. Cameron and I saved our leftovers, and they did not keep well. The longer the bananas steep in the coconut milk, the starchier they become. Next time we make this dessert, we’ll finish it off in one go.

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Nun Bananas in Coconut Milk: Gluay Buat Chee (A Quick and Easy Thai recipe)
Serves 4 to 6

– 3-to-4 medium bananas (about 1 1/2 pounds), preferably a bit underripe
– 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
– 1 cup water
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 1/2 tsp salt

1. Peel the bananas and halve them lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into about 4 equal pieces, giving you about 2 1/2 cups of banana chunks.

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2. Bring the coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir well to dissolve the sugar, and then add the bananas. Simmer gently for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and ladle into small bowls. Serve hot or warm.

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  1. renxkyoko says:

    You can add taro root, sweet potatoes, and rice balls. My mom cooks this as our weekend aftrnoon snacks. Also , you can add ” canned” jackfruit for the flavor.

    1. gwynnem says:

      Thanks for the additional ingredient ideas, renxkyoko. I’ve never tasted fresh or canned jackfruit.

      1. renxkyoko says:

        I’m sure you can find Sticky rice balls at any Asian store… also canned jackfruit…
        * smiles* I’ve never seen fresh jackfruit here in the US, but I’ve tasted it and it’s sooooo good.

      2. Scarrie Bradshaw says:

        Did we try jackfruit at the Dragon Boat Fest, Gwynne?!

  2. Scarrie Bradshaw says:

    Perfect Halloween soup, looks like bones. I bought some coconut peanut butter, for when only two nuts will do, and it is rocking my world.:)

    1. gwynnem says:

      Wha?!? Coconut PB. I’m in.

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