Bananas Foster

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Bananas Foster is a rich topping filled with caramelized bananas, nuts, and delicious rum flavoring. It is super easy to make and done in minutes!

The best part is this delicious topping only requires a handful of humble ingredients and really takes no time to prepare. Try this sauce poured over Sugar Pie, Easy Pancakes, or Vanilla Cupcakes.

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What is Bananas Foster?

Bananas Foster is a New Orleans classic. New Orleans was a major port of entry for Bananas so it is not surprising that this delicious dessert was created in that amazing city.

The scrumptious dessert was named for Richard Foster, who, as chairman, served on the New Orleans Crime Commission, a civic effort to clean up the French Quarter. It is essentially a caramelized banana topping filled with rum flavoring.

It is perfect a top ice cream, cakes, or even pancakes! It is a magical sauce of deliciousness and is sure to wow!

Bananas Foster ingredients

Rum Substitute

The traditional recipe uses rum in it, however, I made a non-alcoholic version. I saw in other versions of this recipe that people had used rum extract and a little bit of water instead of the rum, and that worked great for me. The end result was really delicious, and super easy to make!

Some other rum substitutes include using 2-3 tbsp of grape juice, pineapple juice, or apple juice instead of the water and rum extract.

Because I didn’t use rum, there was no need to flambé the dish.

How to make Bananas Foster

How to Make Bananas Foster

MELT. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

COMBINE. Add the brown sugar, rum extract, water, vanilla, and cinnamon, and mix to combine.

SIMMER. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, then stir in the bananas and walnuts. Cook 2-3 minutes, until the bananas are warmed through.

SERVE. To serve, spoon the banana mixture over vanilla ice cream, and serve immediately.

Bananas Foster recipe

Serving and Storing Tips

Serve with: Bananas Foster is often served alongside vanilla ice cream, but you can serve with so many other dishes such as waffles, pancakes, cake, frozen yogurt.

You could even try adding some delicious dessert toppings like:

Storage: Since this recipe is so quick to whip up, you don’t really need to make it ahead of time in order to save time. However, if you happen to have leftovers, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days. Reheat it in a skillet on the stove.

Bananas foster recipe

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Bananas Foster Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 bananas sliced in half and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, rum extract, water, vanilla, and cinnamon, and mix to combine. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, then stir in the bananas and walnuts. Cook 2-3 minutes, until the bananas are warmed through.

  2. To serve, spoon the banana mixture over vanilla ice cream, and serve immediately.

Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    I will be adding this on everything! It was so good! We added it on ice cream, but I’m thinking it would be delicious on waffles!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness – I’d always thought Bananas Foster seemed too fancy and difficult to make at home. Boy, was I wrong – this is so easy!