Banana grits is a delicious and easy to make breakfast dish. It is made with ripe bananas, grits, milk, sugar, and butter. You can also add spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg to the mix. I like to top my Bananas Grits with chopped nuts and raisins for extra flavor and texture.
What are grits?
Grits are a type of cornmeal that is popular in the Southern United States. They are usually made from white or yellow corn and have a coarse texture. Grits can be cooked in water or milk and are often served with butter, cheese, or bacon.
Why make banana grits
Banana grits are a great way to use up ripe bananas. They are also quick and easy to make, which makes them perfect for busy mornings. Plus, they taste delicious! I never thought I would have the corn and banana mix, but here we are!
How do you make Bananas Grits?
To make Bananas Grits, you will need:
-Ripe bananas, mashed
-Chopped nuts (optional)
1. Cook grits according to package instructions. (Some grits are 3 minute brand grits – so this recipe will be quicker if you get them)
2. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher.
3. Stir in the mashed bananas, milk, sugar, and butter into the cooked grits.
4. Add cinnamon (or other spices) to taste.
5. Serve with chopped nuts and raisins on top, if desired.
Recipe tips and variations:
-Try using different types of milk for a richer flavor, such as almond milk or coconut milk.
-For a more savory option, omit the sugar and add salt to taste.
-If you want a thinner consistency, add additional milk until desired consistency is reached.
-Add other toppings of your choice, such as chocolate chips, dried fruit, or shredded coconut. Or even cheese and turn them into an Alton Brown cheesy grits kind of recipe.
Can Bananas Grits be made ahead of time?
Yes, Bananas Grits can be made ahead of time and reheated when ready to serve.
How long do Bananas Grits last?
Bananas Grits will last in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can Bananas Grits be frozen?
Yes, Bananas Grits can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
How to thicken watery grits?
If your grits are too watery, you can cook them longer over low heat until they have thickened. You can also add a spoonful of flour or cornstarch to help thicken the grits.
Can you eat grits with braces?
If you have braces, you should avoid eating grits because of their coarse texture. Instead, try another type of breakfast cereal that is softer in texture.
What can I substitute for grits?
If you can’t find grits or don’t like them, you can use oatmeal or Cream of Wheat as a substitute. Both of these cereals have a similar consistency and can be flavored in the same way as grits.
Where can I buy grits from?
Grits are usually available in the breakfast aisle of most grocery stores. You can also find them online or at specialty food stores.
Are grits and polenta the same thing?
Polenta and grits are both made from coarsely ground cornmeal, but they have different origins and textures.
Grits come from the southern United States, where they were traditionally made from white hominy grits. Hominy grits are made from dried, hulled corn kernels that have been treated with an alkali solution to remove the bran. This treatment also gives hominy grits a distinctively chewy texture.
Polenta is a dish that originated in northern Italy. It is typically made from yellow cornmeal, and has a much finer texture than grits. Polenta can be served hot or cold, and can be either soft or firm.
So, while polenta and grits are both made from cornmeal, they have different textures and origins.
So in Italy, this may be called banana polenta!
What are some other recipes that use grits?
So there you have it , a delicious and easy to make breakfast dish that will keep you warm on those cold mornings. Give Bananas Grits a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. And don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends!
Banana Grits Recipe
- 5 cups Grits
- 2 cups Milk
- ¼ cup Sugar
- 3 tbsp Butter
- 2 Bananas
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ cup Chopped nuts
- ¼ cup Raisins
- Cook grits according to package instructions.
- In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher.
- Stir in the mashed bananas, milk, sugar, and butter into the cooked grits.
- Add cinnamon (or other spices) to taste.
- Serve with chopped nuts and raisins on top, if desired.