Bananas Foster with a Perfect Flambé

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

Bananas foster recipe | How to make bananas foster | Bananas foster sauce | What kind of rum for bananas foster

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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Bananas foster recipe | How to make bananas foster | Bananas foster sauce | What kind of rum for bananas foster

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.

Bananas foster recipe | How to make bananas foster | Bananas foster sauce | What kind of rum for bananas foster

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.

Bananas foster recipe | How to make bananas foster | Bananas foster sauce | What kind of rum for bananas foster

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!

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This bananas foster recipe is grain free, gluten free, and vegetarian. For vegan, substitute coconut oil for the butter and use vegan ice cream.

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Bananas Foster


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 (or 4 small servings) 1x

Description

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


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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Peel the bananas, then cut them in half crosswise and lengthwise.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.**
  5. 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!)

Notes

*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

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

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.

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 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.

18 Comments

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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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      Sonja
      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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      Sonja
      February 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

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

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    Ellie
    February 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

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

    xo, ellie
    http://withlovefromellie.wordpress.com

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    Anna
    February 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

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

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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    Ashlae
    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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      Sonja
      February 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

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

  • Reply
    Lety
    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.

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

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    Allan
    February 12, 2015 at 12:49 am

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

  • Reply
    Melissa
    February 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    You guys!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    February 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I’m so down.

  • Reply
    Carol
    February 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

    lovely recipe!

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    zo
    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.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

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

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