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Bananas Foster

Made with only a handful of ingredients, this Bananas Foster recipe comes together quickly and easily. Bananas coated in a sweet sauce then flambéd, you'll love this simple but elegant dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 616kcal


  • Long lighter


  • ½ cup unsalted butter 1 stick (113g)
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar (165g)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large bananas halved lengthwise
  • cup rum (80mL)
  • vanilla ice cream to serve


  • In a large saucepan or skillet, heat butter, sugar, and cinnamon over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often until butter is melted and mixture is bubbly, about 4 minutes.
  • Add bananas. Cook, gently stirring often, until tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the rum and remove from heat. Using a long lighter or long match, carefully ignite rum, swirling pan constantly, until flames die out, about 30 seconds. (If you feel unsafe doing this step, simply add the rum and continue cooking for about 1 minute before removing it from the heat.)
  • Serve immediately over ice cream.


  • When igniting the rum, make sure you don’t have any other burners on. Keep your sleeves rolled up, hair ties back, and keep a large metal lid handy in case you have to smother the flame.
  • Don’t have ice cream? Try adding a dollop of whipped cream instead.
  • Add a splash or two of heavy cream before adding the bananas for an even richer and creamier Bananas Foster sauce.
  • Slice the bananas right before you start cooking. Once sliced, the bananas begin to oxidate and won’t keep well for long.
  • A light-colored or stainless steel pan is ideal as it is more challenging to keep an eye on the dark caramel sauce in a dark pan.


Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1053IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg