Wondering how to make bananas foster? This bananas foster recipe is delicious, simple, and takes 10 minutes to make!
What’s a more romantic dessert than bananas foster? Bananas are sauteed in a gooey sauce of caramelized sugar and rum, and served over ice cream. There’s usually a flame too, which brings in over the top drama! We created this bananas foster recipe to go with our salmon en papillote romantic dinner for two. We wanted a dessert that was quick and easy to whip up after the main meal, and bananas foster came to mind. Here we’ve created a bananas foster recipe that works for two, though the quantities can be enough for four small dessert portions. The best part: you can make it in 10 minutes! Keep reading for how to make bananas foster at home.
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What does bananas foster mean?
First of all, what does bananas foster mean, and where did it come from? This delicious banana dessert comes from New Orleans. It consists of sliced bananas cooked in a butter and rum sauce, often prepared tableside using a flambé where the rum is set on fire in a dramatic flame.
Our question: where does “foster” come from? Honestly, I used to think it was a fancy French term pronounced “fos-TERRE”. Nope, it’s just plain old Foster! The dessert was created at a restaurant called Brennan’s and named after Richard Foster, a friend of the restaurant owner (Foster was the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission). Myth debunked! No more bananas fos-TERRE for us.
How to make bananas foster
The bananas foster sauce is made with butter, brown sugar, and spices, and then rum is added and lit on fire until it burns off and the sauce becomes thick and gooey! In many restaurants, the rum is burned off by lighting a flame at the table. For this homemade version of a bananas foster recipe, we also light the rum on fire: so be very, very careful! Alex is a big pyromaniac and had a lot of fun making a big dramatic flame. But he always makes sure to take the necessary precautions: stand away from the fire and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Serve bananas foster with vanilla ice cream or our homemade whipped cream and it’s a little bit of heaven.
The great thing about this recipe is that it takes about 10 minutes to put together with no advanced planning. When we’re looking for simple healthy dessert recipes, that’s one of our biggest criteria: how easy is it to whip up after we’ve cooked an entire meal? We created this bananas foster recipe especially to go with our cooking date menu — it’s perfect for a Friday night or even Valentine’s Day. The main dish is salmon en papillote, and that post includes more instructions on planning a cooking date!
What kind of rum for bananas foster?
You can use any rum, 80 proof or higher, for this bananas foster recipe. We like to use 100 proof spiced rum, which adds flavor and ignites easily. This recipe also uses creme de banana, a banana flavored liqueur. Please note that high-proof alcohol is flammable and extreme caution should be used when making this recipe. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of an accident.
Can bananas foster be made ahead?
Technically, you can make the bananas and sauce ahead of time, save it refrigerated, and then reheat it prior to serving. However, the bananas do lose some of their texture after refrigeration. Since the cook time is so short for this one, we’d recommend preparing it just before serving. To save time, you can measure out all the sauce ingredients in advance. Then, all you have to do is peel and slice the bananas, throw the sauce ingredients in the pan, and heat them for a few minutes!
Looking for more banana recipes?
This bananas foster recipe is one of our favorite desserts. Here are a few more banana recipes we love:
- Chocolate Banana Bread
- Banana Berry Vegan Ice Cream
- Healthy Banana Bread Muffins
- Easy Banana Pancakes
- Roasted Bananas with Toasted Coconut
- Vegan French Toast with Caramelized Bananas
Looking for more easy desserts?
We have lots of easy dessert recipes on our site. A few of our favorites are:
- Amazing Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
- Triple Cherry Cheesecake
- Bliss Bites (Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies)
- Simple Apple Crisp in a Jar
- Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Granola Instant Pot Apple Crisp
- Cherry Quinoa Chocolate Bark
- Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- Fudgy Vegan Brownie Recipe
- Chewy Gluten-Free Skillet Almond Flour Cookie
- All-Natural Strawberry Yogurt Pie
This recipe is…
This bananas foster recipe is grain free, gluten free, and vegetarian. For vegan, substitute coconut oil for the butter and use vegan ice cream.Print
Wondering how to make bananas foster? This bananas foster recipe is delicious, simple, and takes under 10 minutes to make!
- 2 bananas
- 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon creme de banana
- 2 tablespoons dark spiced rum (80 to 100 proof)*
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (vegan if desired, or use our vegan Cinnamon Ice Cream recipe)
- Peel the bananas, then cut them in half crosswise and lengthwise.
- In a medium skillet over medium low heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and creme de banana. Cook about 2 minutes until bubbly and thickened.
- Add the bananas and turn them until coated with the sauce. Very carefully, add the rum, making sure not to drip any on the stove or the sides of the pan.
- Stand back from the pan and use a stick lighter to ignite the alcohol. Use extreme caution to stay away from the flame! Allow the alcohol to burn off, then continue cooking, stirring and flipping the bananas until the sauce is thickened and the bananas are tender, about 3 minutes.**
- To serve, place the bananas in a dish and top with vanilla ice cream. Pour over the remaining sauce and serve warm. (Or, you can serve it right in the skillet!)
*What kind of rum for bananas foster? Any rum, 80 proof or higher, works for this bananas foster recipe. We like to use 100 proof spiced rum, which adds flavor and ignites easily.
**Caution: This alcohol is highly flammable and extreme caution should be used when making this recipe. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of an accident.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Bananas Foster, Banana, Dessert, Healthy Dessert, Easy Dessert, Bananas Foster Recipe, Simple Dessert
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.