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Baked Bananas (Akwadu) from Equatorial Guinea

Baked Bananas (Akwadu) from Equatorial Guinea is a perfect recipe for breakfast OR dessert! The bananas are baked in orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, and coconut and can be served with honey!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: african, Equatorial Guinea
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 bananas, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • cup orange juice
  • cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • tsp Cinnamon
  • Honey, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the bananas into rounds about ½” in thickness and lay them in a shallow baking dish. Pour orange juice, lemon juice and butter over the bananas.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar, coconut, and cinnamon on top.
  • Place the baking tray in the oven for 15 minutes. When they are done baking, turn the oven to broil and broil for about 2 minutes, until the coconut is toasted on top.
  • Serve with honey if you so desire. Enjoy!


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Bananas: Peel the bananas and cut them into rounds about ½ of an inch thick. 
  • Brown Sugar: I used dark brown sugar, but you can use light brown if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Coconut: I used sweetened, shredded coconut
  • Lemon Juice: ⅓ cup is about 1 lemon 
  • Orange Juice: ⅓ cup is about 1 orange (I used clementine juice when making this as I forgot to grab and orange from the store)
  • Optional additions: Honey, cinnamon.
  • If you’d prefer, you can try making this recipe with plantains as opposed to bananas. Make sure to use a browner plantain, as it will be sweeter! Don’t forget to take the skin off. 
  • The baked bananas would be absolutely delicious served in oatmeal for breakfast. If you want to go the dessert route, you can scoop them over ice cream! 
  • If you don’t want your bananas sitting in liquid when you are done, you can decrease the amount of liquid in the recipe
  • Drizzle the bananas with honey for an extra touch of sweetness.
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