This bananas foster recipe is delicious, simple, and takes 10 minutes to make! It’s perfect in any season and the rum sauce is to die for.

Bananas foster recipe

What’s a more romantic dessert than bananas foster? Sautéed bananas float in a dreamy sauce of caramelized sugar and rum, topped with melty vanilla ice cream. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it! Of course there’s a flame too, to bring in over the top drama. It might be the ideal dessert: because it’s also fast and easy to whip up after dinner. Here’s our perfect 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!

How to make bananas foster

What does bananas foster mean?

First of all, where did bananas foster 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.

Where does “foster” come from in the name? We 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.

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How to make bananas foster: some tips!

Ready to get started making bananas foster? There is a flame involved, so let’s talk through some of the safety elements:

  • Heat the bananas foster sauce: Throw butter, brown sugar and spices into a pan and cook until thickened. Add the bananas, sliced long-ways.
  • Light the rum with a stick lighter, and keep a fire extinguisher handy! Many restaurants burn off the rum by lighting a flame at the table. Can you do this with a homemade bananas foster recipe? Yes! Just be very, very careful: use a stick lighter, stand away from the fire, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream! Once the flame subsides, you’re ready to go! 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 dessert recipes, that’s one of our biggest criteria: how easy is it to whip up after we’ve cooked an entire meal? It’s perfect for a Friday night, great as a winter treat or even Valentine’s Day.

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.

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Can bananas foster be made ahead?

Technically, you can make bananas foster ahead of time, save it refrigerated, and then reheat it prior to serving. But 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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More banana recipes

That’s it! This bananas foster recipe is one of our favorite desserts, we hope you love it as much as we do! If you’re got more bananas on hand, here are a few more banana recipes to use them up:

This bananas foster recipe is…

Grain free, gluten free, and vegetarian. For vegan, substitute coconut oil for the butter and use vegan ice cream or Coconut Whipped Cream.

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Perfect Bananas Foster


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

Description

This bananas foster recipe is delicious, simple, and takes 10 minutes to make! It’s perfect in any season and the rum sauce is to die for.


Ingredients

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  • 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 or Vegan Whipped Cream)

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

Last updated: December 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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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