Brown Butter Banana Dessert

One night I was craving something sweet and nothing sounded good until….

….I thought about a dessert from one of my favorite restaurants that’s made with a fried banana where the banana has a coating on it like a very light pancake batter and is served with vanilla ice cream.

Then before I knew it, I was heating a skillet, adding butter and letting it brown slightly….then adding brown sugar, and last but not least, a banana.

Within a few minutes the banana started to caramelize and took on the color and flavor of the brown butter which looked just like the banana in the dessert at the restaurant, minus the batter.

Next, out of the pan it came, on to a serving dish and topped with vanilla ice cream, honey, chocolate sauce and toasted almonds.

This dessert tastes wonderful with all of those flavors going on along with the warm bananas and ice cream.

This recipe is a quick and easy variation on Bananas Foster.

It doesn’t have the rum or the cinnamon but it does have the brown sugar and the butter.

So let’s check out the ingredients.

Bananas, brown sugar, butter, slivered almonds, honey, and chocolate sauce.

Here’s how to make it.

Peel the bananas.

Heat a skillet on medium heat.

Add butter to the pan….

….and stir….

…..until it turns a very light golden color.

Then add the brown sugar….

…and stir.

Next add whole bananas.

While the bananas are cooking, gently slide them around in the pan so the bottom side gets coated with the brown sugar and butter mixture.

When the bottom of the bananas caramelize (turn a golden color), gently turn them over with tongs and repeat the same process.

When both sides (top and bottom) of the bananas are caramelized (about 3 or 4 minutes), gently remove the bananas from the pan…

…cut each banana on a diagonal into 3 pieces, and lay them on a serving dish.

Serve this delish dessert on a plate for two, a plate for one, or even in a bowl.

Set aside for just a moment while toasting the almonds.

Turn off the heat, and remove any excess brown sugar and butter mixture from the pan by carefully wiping the pan with a paper towel.

Then put the pan back on the heat (low heat) and add the slivered almonds.

Continuously stir until the almonds turn a golden color (about 2 to 3 minutes).  Remove from the pan and set aside.

To serve, top the bananas with ice cream….

…then…

…top with drizzles of honey…

…and drizzles of chocolate sauce.

Last but not least, top with toasted almonds…

…and…

enjoy. yum.

Brown Butter Banana Dessert

Yield: Serves 3

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Ingredients:

3 whole bananas
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 ½ cup vanilla ice cream
¼ cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chocolate sauce

Directions:

Peel the bananas. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add the butter and stir until it turns a very light golden color. Add brown sugar and stir. Add the whole bananas. While the bananas are cooking, gently slide them in the pan so the bottom side gets coated with the brown sugar and butter mixture. When the bottom side of the bananas caramelize (turn a golden color), gently turn them over with a pair of tongs and repeat the same process. When all sides (top and bottom) of the bananas are caramelized (about 3 or 4 minutes), gently remove them from the pan, cut each diagonally into 3 pieces and lay them on a serving dish. Set aside for just a moment while toasting the almonds.

Turn off the heat, and remove any excess brown sugar and butter mixture by carefully wiping the pan with a paper towel. Put the pan back on the heat (low heat) and add the slivered almonds. Continuously stir until the almonds turn a golden color (about 2 to 3 minutes). Remove the almonds from the pan and set aside.

Top the bananas with ice cream, drizzles of honey and chocolate sauce, and toasted almonds. Serve on a plate, in a bowl, or in a decorative glass.

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23 Responses to “Brown Butter Banana Dessert”

  1. Tina@flourtrader — April 7, 2012 @ 3:12 am (#
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    I hardly ever see a banana dessert offered at restaurants anymore. Not sure why, it is a favorite! Your dessert here looks fabulous. Just the ingredients in the recipe is enough to tell me that this is delicious. You also sound like you had a lot of fun assembling the dessert in different ways, however we do agree that the black and white was the best. Delicious post!

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    • CouponClippingCook — April 7th, 2012 @ 3:15 am

      Hi Tina, thank you very much. Have a nice weekend!

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  2. Laura — April 8, 2012 @ 9:35 pm (#
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    I just made this a few minutes ago, omitting the almonds and sauce since I didn’t have any. So easy, and amazingly delicious. I love any form of cooked bananas. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • CouponClippingCook — April 8th, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

      Hi Laura, that’s great. So glad that you liked it. Thank you for letting me know and have a great week!

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  3. Harshita — April 12, 2012 @ 5:14 am (#
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    I really like your way of presenting the recipes. Step by step with the pictures. Makes it very easy to follow and quick to make.

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    • CouponClippingCook — April 12th, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      Thank you very much. So glad you like it. Have a great day.

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  4. Magic of Spice — April 14, 2012 @ 7:27 pm (#
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    Oh my goodness, what a treat this is! This is one of the most delightful desserts I have ever seen, seriously delicious!

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  5. Baker Street — April 18, 2012 @ 11:02 pm (#
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    Oh my word! This would be such a big big hit in my house. I love brown butter anything and your pictures have me droooling here! Well done Nancy! 🙂

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    • CouponClippingCook — April 18th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

      Thank you very much!

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  6. Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 5, 2012 @ 10:30 pm (#
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    Oh yum! Crispy bananas with honey, ice cream and chocolate is the exact dessert I could eat every night! It looks wonderful and I can’t wait for all this cinco de mayo food to digest so that I can try it!

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    • CouponClippingCook — May 5th, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

      Hi Julia, thank you!

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  7. Teresa — June 24, 2012 @ 5:55 am (#
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    I made this off the cuff the night before last and everyone LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this. It is both easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing!!!

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    • CouponClippingCook — June 24th, 2012 @ 10:25 am

      Hi Teresa, so glad you all liked it. You’re so right, this is one of those recipes that you can make off the cuff. Thank you for letting me know and have a great rest of the weekend!

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  8. dina — August 24, 2012 @ 11:06 pm (#
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    This desserts look amazing I going to make it tomorrow thanks

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    • CouponClippingCook — August 24th, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

      Hi Dina, thank you and have a nice weekend!

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  9. Fiona — February 24, 2013 @ 6:08 pm (#
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    I just made this tonight after looking online for banana desserts. It was *amazing*. I used pecans rather than almonds, and basically caramelized them as well in the remaining butter and sugar. So delicious. My husband loved them as well. A total winner!

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    • Nancy — February 24th, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

      Hi Fiona, so glad you liked it and your changes sound so good. I’m going to try this with pecans next time and what a good idea to caramelize them. Thank you for letting me know. Have a great week!

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  10. Vanessa — July 15, 2013 @ 8:16 pm (#
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    As soon as I saw this I had to make it! It was really good but my banana didn’t fry very well though. The one in the pics looks crispy and mine was a bit soggy. It was still very good though, I just think I need a better stove with actual fire. Electric stoves suck! Thanks for sharing though, I’ll definitely be trying this again!

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    • Nancy — July 16th, 2013 @ 4:53 am

      Hi Vanessa, so sorry the banana didn’t crisp up enough. I hadn’t thought about it before but you’re right, the more intense heat from a gas stove must do the trick. Thank you for letting me know and have a great rest of the week!

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  11. Michael — April 13, 2014 @ 2:53 pm (#
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    Make it perfect with just a little rum!

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    • Nancy — April 13th, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

      Hi Michael, that would taste great!

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  12. Sherina — December 4, 2015 @ 8:08 pm (#
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    Will be making this for Christmas brunch

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    • Nancy — December 5th, 2015 @ 11:25 am

      Hi Sherina, sounds like a great idea to serve this at a brunch.

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