Caramelized Bananas

10 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

The bananas have to get in and out of the pan in 1 1/2 minutes, no longer, so they stay firm in the center. If you are cooking for 4, you can easily double the recipe; it is important not to crowd the skillet, so get everything ready to go and make it in 2 batches.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 2 medium-small firm bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum, or orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla ice cream, or frozen yogurt


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  1. Cut bananas in half lengthwise. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and lay the banana slices on top, cut side up. Cook undisturbed for 20 seconds, then add rum (or orange juice) and cinnamon. Cook for 10 seconds, then turn bananas carefully and cook for 45 to 60 seconds more, basting with the pan sauce. Divide the bananas between 2 dessert plates, drizzling the sauce on top. Serve immediately, with a scoop of ice cream (or frozen yogurt).

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 384 calories; 7 g fat(4 g sat); 3 g fiber; 64 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 25 mcg folate; 28 mg cholesterol; 47 g sugars; 28 g added sugars; 494 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 130 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 58 mg sodium; 522 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (15% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 fruit, 2 1/2 "other" carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 10

January 01, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious! So easy and delicious! Adults and kids both loved them. We topped our French toast with the bananas as syrup. I made it with orange juice, but next time I will definitely use rum.
August 13, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
New Favorite!!! I nixed the ice cream, added pancakes, and used the caramelized bananas as a pancake topping instead! What a treat! So delicious! Also, I added vanilla and cinnamon to the pancake batter so the two complimented one another. FANTASTIC!!! Pros: Delicious, Fast to Make
January 05, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
A Big Hit! Served with steel cut oatmeal for breakfast. Very yummy!
September 22, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Simple and Delicious I typically think of carmelized bananas as an expensive restaurant dessert, so I was super excited that these were so easy and had the yummiest flavor. Definitely will make again and serve with some ice cream. Pros: Quick and Easy
February 02, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Absolutely Delicious!!! I have a problem with fruit, it makes me queesy...but this is fantastic. I can control the sweetness and I don't get nauseas. Pros: Healthy, I can control the sweetness, the benefits of the banana is not cooked out Cons: I made it twice but forgot the cinnamon
November 10, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Its very esay to make and it taste great!
October 26, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Have just cooked this after reading it..I missed out the cinnamon as I can't bear the stuff but used spiced rum. Very quick and tasty, I served it on a sweet pancake with icecream and chocolate sauce. I would certainly consider serving it for a 'relaxed' dinner party!
March 29, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Kids love it with the orange juice.
December 02, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This is delicious & so easy to make! It's definitely going to be made again & again!