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Caramelized Bananas

Caramelized bananas are are an easy 5-minute sweet treat whose tastes and textures will have you swooning. Use this irresistible topping on your ice cream and waffles or enjoy a bowl on its own!

bowl of ice cream with caramelized bananas
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Easy Caramelized Bananas

Caramelized bananas are such an easy treat that shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions. Having a movie night? Top your homemade vanilla ice cream with caramelized bananas. French toast for breakfast? Caramelized bananas on top! Making a cheesecake for dessert? You get the idea!

Bananas are naturally sweet as is, but when you cook them down in butter, sugar, or perhaps a cinnamon sugar blend, you get the crystallized sugary bits that coat the outside of each soft sweet banana. They’re so insanely good you might just find that you’ve helped yourself to a bowl full without realizing it!

bananas and brown sugar in bowl

How to Caramelize Bananas

  • Roll banana slices into a bowl of sugar.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan on the stove top over medium-low heat.
  • Add banana slices in a single layer and cook for 2 minutes until golden.
  • Flip and cook for another couple of minutes until both sides are nicely caramelized.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired and enjoy it on everything!
caramelized bananas in skillet

Tips for Success

  • Use ripe bananas if you have them. The riper your bananas are, to begin with, the softer and sweeter they’ll be.
  • You can use a cinnamon-sugar mixture instead of just sugar or sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over top at the end. Some people also enjoy a bit of nutmeg too.
  • Keep an eye on the bananas as they cook so that they don’t burn. Turn the heat down if needed.
  • To clean the pan afterward, run it under hot water. You may need to boil the water to remove stubborn sugar crystals.
  • For a vegan caramelized bananas recipe swap the butter for coconut oil. You won’t have the same buttery flavor, but it will still caramelize nicely.

Favorite Ways to Use Caramelized Bananas

caramelized bananas in ice cream bowl

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caramelized bananas in ice cream bowl

Caramelized Bananas

5 from 3 votes
Caramelized bananas are are an easy 5-minute sweet treat whose tastes and textures will have you swooning. Use this irresistible topping on your ice cream and waffles or enjoy a bowl on its own!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 2 bananas
  • 2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar , more if needed
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Slice bananas into 1/4" thick circles.
    sliced bananas on cutting board
  • Place sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Then roll bananas into the sugar.
    bananas and brown sugar in bowl
  • Heat butter in a skillet over medium low heat until melted. Add sugared bananas in a single layer. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the bottoms are starting to turn golden brown. Then flip and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes on the other side. Watch carefully so they do not burn. Turn down the heat if needed.
    caramelized bananas in skillet
  • Slide the bananas into a bowl of ice cream, on top of pancakes or inside a crepe. Sprinkle the tops of the banana with cinnamon if desired.
    bowl of ice cream with caramelized bananas

Notes

To clean pan: Run hot water into the pan. Bring water to a boil if needed to remove sugar crystals. 

Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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