Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

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From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015

This famous New Orleans banana dessert recipe gets a kick from rum (we like dark). Impress your friends with this healthy fruit dessert tonight!

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large firm ripe bananas, halved lengthwise
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup dark or light rum


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  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sugar and cook, stirring, until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add banana halves, cut-side down; cook for 2 minutes. Gently turn the bananas over. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the sauce, add bean to the pan; cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  2. Increase heat to high and turn on the stove's exhaust fan. Add rum. Using a potholder or oven mitt and a long match or long lighter, carefully ignite the alcohol. Remove from heat and let the fire subside. Spoon the sauce over the banana halves, return the pan to medium-low heat and cook for 1 minute more. Serve hot with the sauce spooned over the bananas.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ banana & 1 Tbsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 175 calories; 5 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 14 mcg folate; 11 mg cholesterol; 22 g sugars; 13 g added sugars; 177 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 16 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 5 mg sodium; 263 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

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