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Easy dessert idea: Banana Compote

“When I was little, my grandma used to make this Banana Compote for me when I had a sore throat – it’s real comfort food. And, I love the versatility; you can serve it warm with ice cream or cold with cheese. Every Brazilian family has their own variation of this recipe; this is my family’s!” – Patricia

“I love a simple method, and this one is super easy with only three ingredients. I always have overripe bananas, so this is on repeat in my household!” – Emily

Banana Compote Recipe

By Emily Atkinson (British) and Patricia Decourt (Brazilian), recipe content creators, @foodjourneysg

Serves eight

Ingredients for patties

  • 6 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

banana compot


  1. Cut the bananas into round slices.
  2. Place the banana slices in a pot, cover with sugar and submerge the cinnamon sticks into the bananas.
  3. Cook on the stovetop on low heat (with the lid on) for around one hour.

Note: “The heat and sugar will help the banana to release its juice. Trust the process and don’t touch the bananas until it reaches the right consistency; it should be soft to the point that when you mash it, it becomes a puree.”

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