Keeping Thanksgiving Light with a Mexican Platanos Dessert Recipe

This tasty treat is a yummy alternative to jean-busting pies.

This tasty treat is a yummy alternative to jean-busting pies.  (Getty)

With so many more alternatives out there for classic dishes, we have greater access to creating a healthier Thanksgiving dinner. Our Thanksgiving always resulted in a fusion between the classic American Thanksgiving and traditional Latin meals - a combination that usually results in a very heavy plate.

We would always have family and friends over and they would be thoroughly impressed with how well corn tamales and platanos tasted with turkey and stuffing. However, being more health-conscious and adapting traditional recipes to fit a healthier lifestyle, Thanksgiving could result in a great tasting, nutritious and delicious feast. Remember to keep portions small. It’s always better to have a little bit of everything to keep your plate light.

Since dessert is my favorite, I’ve adapted my abuelita’s platanos recipe to make it healthy for the holidays. Enjoy!

Mexican Platanos Dessert Recipe (Serves 4)


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• 4 Ripe bananas sliced
• 2 Tbsp. organic unsalted butter
• ¼ Cup brown sugar
• 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
• ¼ Cup orange juice
• 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon


1. Melt butter in a large skillet and add brown sugar, lemon and orange juice and cinnamon. Stir and cook until sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Add sliced bananas to the skillet and cook about 4 or 5 minutes, stirring often, until bananas are soft and sugar mixture has caramelized. Serve hot (over vanilla or chocolate ice cream is awesome!)

Rosie Acosta is a sunny California native of Mexican heritage, she writes about her passion for Yoga and Mexican Food. She transforms her grandmother's hearty recipes into organic healthy alternatives for a healthier lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter: @RosieAcosta FB: and visit her website

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