Copycat Tucanos Fried Bananas

February was a busy month for our family. Obviously, there was Valentine's Day. Holiday's always make it busy for mom. I also had the Blue and Gold Banquet to put together. It was so fun! On top of it all, my husband was out of town three times for three different conferences. I don;t know how all of you military wives and single moms do it! A couple of days without my man and I am about to go crazy! My kids are, too. After his second trip, I came up with an idea. I begged asked him to take me with him for the last trip! My so awesome sister-in-law watched our kids and we got three whole days away. It's been years since we've had that opportunity. It was heaven! Especially visiting a warmer place than home in the middle of February.

Since we don't get to eat out often at home, we took full advantage of going to "grown-up" restaurants that we wouldn't normally take our kids to. We've heard great things about Tucanos, but have never been. It's a really fun restaurant if you haven't tried it. It's a Brazilian Grill with this amazing salad bar. I've never been to such an elaborate and deliciously stocked salad bar! There were so many yummy things that I had to try. We left the restaurant feeling fuller than I've felt in as long as I can remember.

One of the yummy things that they had were these little fried bananas. I knew my kids would gobble them up if I could somehow find a way to make them at home. I've made them a few times and I think I've got a pretty close replica. Either way, these are yummy! They are warm, and sweet, and a little bit mushy on the inside. They make a really great dessert!

These are pretty simple to make. It's basically just bananas dipped in batter and fried in oil. I played around quite a bit with the exact batter recipe and this one is my favorite. Be sure that you choose bananas that aren't too ripe. We're not making banana bread here. They need to be ripe, but still firm.

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