Easy Bananas Foster Recipe

Wondering how to make bananas foster? This bananas foster recipe is delicious, simple, and takes 10 minutes to make!

Easy Bananas Foster Recipe | A Couple Cooks

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. In a restaurant setting 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 the recipe.

Easy Bananas Foster Recipe | A Couple Cooks

How to make bananas foster

The main concept of bananas foster is to create a sauce using butter, brown sugar, spices and rum, and then lightly saute the bananas until they’re softened and the sauce is thick and gooey. In restaurants, typically the rum is burned off by lighting a flame at the table. But spoiler alert for any pyromaniacs! For this homemade version of a bananas foster recipe, we’ve removed the step to light the skillet on fire. While Alex is a big pyromaniac and would have loved the flame, unfortunately in this recipe the rum quantity is cooked off quickly so it’s not necessary to play with fire. But this bananas foster is still just as delicious as one cooked with the dramatic flame! Serve it with vanilla ice cream or our homemade whipped cream.

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!

Easy Bananas Foster Recipe | A Couple Cooks

Looking for more healthy desserts?

This bananas foster recipe is one of our favorite healthy desserts. Here are a few more healthy desserts we’ve enjoyed:

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.


Bananas Foster

1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 (or 4 small servings)
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Wondering how to make bananas foster? This bananas foster recipe is delicious, simple, and takes under 10 minutes to make!


  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (or ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • 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)


  1. Peel the bananas, then cut them in half crosswise and lengthwise.
  2. In a medium skillet over low heat, combine 1 tablespoon butter, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (or ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg), and 2 tablespoons rum. Cook until bubbly and thickened, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the bananas and cook until warm, turning the bananas to evenly coat with the sauce, for about 2 minutes.
  4. To serve, place the bananas in a dish and top with vanilla ice cream. Pour over the remaining sauce and serve warm.

Keywords: Bananas Foster, Banana, Dessert, Healthy Dessert, Easy Dessert, Bananas Foster Recipe, Simple Dessert


About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website 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.

Alex Overhiser

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 food 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.


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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    February 11, 2015 at 5:47 am

    why is banana foster so addicting? Although its pretty simple to make, I always forget about it.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    February 11, 2015 at 6:27 am

    The flame is what makes the foster! I simply love you dinner menu for Valentine’s day.

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    Jenna @ just j.faye
    February 11, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I forgot all about bananas foster! This looks so delicious. Thanks for the reminder :)

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      February 12, 2015 at 7:39 am

      We forgot all about it too, until this! It was a good reminder to ourselves too :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    February 11, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Funny, I’ve made bananas foster waffles and pancakes and muffins, but never just bananas foster served by itself. This looks lovely!! I need to stick to the basics more often :)

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      February 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Those sound delicious! So many interesting variations to try! :)

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    February 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I never realized how easy this is! Thank you for sharing :)

    xo, ellie

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    February 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Love this!!! You are such a good photographer <3


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    February 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    No one can resist bananas covered in sugar and rum. However, my bar cart is somehow lacking rum (!?) but I think the nanners would be equally as delicious sautéed in coffee liqueur. WHATCHYA THINK? I’mm do it. Then serve ’em along side some luscious, homemade coconut milk ice cream.

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      February 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Your version sounds AMAZING. Can you make it for us? :)

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    February 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    What a perfect dessert to finish a lovely dinner! I’m so happy I can make this! I don’t like to play with fire!!

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    Trang's Corner
    February 11, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    That seems a very cool and easy-to-make dessert! Would try it for the party nextweek.

    http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle/food/beauty & fashion blog}

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    February 12, 2015 at 12:49 am

    A fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing. A lovely twist on using the good old banana.

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    February 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    You guys!

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    February 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I’m so down.

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    February 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

    lovely recipe!

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    April 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    We do this with agave syrup instead of brown sugar and a bit of cayenne. The heat is awesome and fabulously cooled off by the ice cream.

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      April 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Agave syrup sounds like a great substitute! I’d love to try that.

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