Grilled Bananas a La Mode

Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.

Grilled bananas

Got a grill? Then you absolutely must try the revelation that is grilled bananas! This grilled spin on the flavors of bananas foster is the perfect end to a dinner on the patio. Grill up some burgers or veggies, then throw on these bananas and you’ve got dessert waiting for you. Each tender bite is flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s made even more perfect with a little melty vanilla ice cream: restaurant quality with very little effort! Alex and I were skeptical at first of this idea, but at first bite we were sold.

Ingredients for grilled bananas

There’s only a handful of ingredients you need for big flavor here! This grilled dessert is naturally sweet using pure maple syrup to make a sweetly spiced sauce. Here’s what you need to make grilled bananas:

  • Bananas: Make sure to use bananas that are ripe but still firm. If they’re overly ripe, they’ll become mushy after grilling (which is okay flavor-wise, just not as pretty to look at)
  • Maple syrup: Use pure maple syrup: you could also use honey if desired
  • Rum: Add in a splash of rum if you like! This channels the bananas foster vibe even more
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla ice cream: Topping with melty vanilla ice cream takes it to star status
  • Chopped pecans: Optional, but the toasting crunch adds a finishing touch
How to grill bananas

How to cut bananas for grilling (leave the peel on!)

Here’s the important part for grilling bananas! Well, two things. Here’s what to know:

  • Keep the peel on. You’ll grill the banana in the peel: so don’t peel them! The peel acts as a protective barrier, almost like a pan. It keeps the banana together and makes it easy to flip.
  • Slice lengthwise. Slice the banana in half lengthwise so that it forms two long boat-shaped pieces.

Tips on how to grill bananas

Once you’ve cut your bananas, keeping them in the peel, you’re ready to grill! All you need to know at this point is the grill temperature and approximate timing. Memorize that and then make them on repeat all summer! Here’s what you need to know (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the bananas in half with the peel on. See the notes above.
  • Brush the tops with the maple syrup and spices.
  • Grill cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes, until you get those lovely char marks.
  • Flip and grill cut side up for 4 to 5 minutes. This finishes the cooking.
  • Use a spoon to scoop the bananas out of the peels. Garnish and enjoy!
Grilled bananas

Add toasted pecans or glazed pecans

Top these grilled bananas with vanilla ice cream for a showy, restaurant-style dessert! We also like using chopped pecans to add a satisfying crunch. You can use plain pecans for this. But if you’re looking for big wow factor, here are a few other options:

  • Toasted pecans: Simply heating pecans in a skillet for a few minutes brings out a beautiful nutty flavor. You can taste the difference! Go to How to Toast Pecans.
  • Maple glazed pecans: Even better, glaze your pecans with maple syrup so they have a sweet, crunchy coating. Go to Glazed Pecans.

Toppings for grilled bananas

Topping the grilled bananas is the fun part! While we loved it as specified, here are some more topping ideas:

Grilled bananas

Two more tasty grilled desserts

Love grilled desserts? Us too! Here are two more grilled desserts you should try after making these grilled bananas:

  • Grilled Apples a La Mode Apples are perfect grilled in a foil packet with sugar and spices until tender. Then top with ice cream!
  • Grilled Peaches Juicy peaches are incredible with a hint of smoke! Serve with ice cream and mint.
  • Grilled Pineapple It’s so easy and comes out smoky and juicy! Serve this tropical dessert drizzled with honey and toasted coconut.

This grilled bananas recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled bananas

Grilled Bananas a La Mode


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.


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Ingredients

  • 4 bananas, ripe but still firm
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • For serving: vanilla ice cream (vegan as necessary), chopped toasted pecans or glazed pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. In a small bowl, stir the maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. Leaving the peel on, slice off the stem of the banana peel. Then slice the banana in half lengthwise.
  4. Brush the cut side of the bananas with 1/2 of the maple syrup mixture.
  5. Grill cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes until grill marks appear. Flip and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  6. To serve, scoop the bananas out of their peels with a spoon. Stir the maple mixture, then drizzle it over the tops. Serve with ice cream and chopped pecans.

Notes

*Step up the flavors and add 1 tablespoon rum to the mix as well!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled Bananas, How to grill bananas

More banana recipes

There are so many ways to use bananas, from bread to muffins to pancakes! Here are some favorite banana recipes:

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins These healthy muffins are made mostly of oats and bananas, blended together in a blender. A fan fave!
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Wholesome and so delicious! They’re mostly with oats so they’re filling and full of nutrients.
  • Perfect Banana Smoothie The perfect banana smoothie! It’s got just the right creamy texture and beautifully banana-forward flavor.

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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.

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