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Brown Butter Banana Dessert

Bananas that are sautéed in brown butter and brown sugar are served warm with vanilla ice cream and delicious toppings. It’s is a simple dessert that tastes like a special creation in a fancy restaurant.

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), turn off the heat, and gently remove the bananas from the pan…

…on to a serving plate.  Carefully cut (they will be hot and slightly soft) each banana on a diagonal into 3 pieces.

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

Set aside for just a moment while toasting the almonds.

Clean the pan or use another one to toast the almonds.  Heat the pan on 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 put them in a small bowl or dish. Set aside.

To serve, top the bananas with ice cream.

On top of the ice cream add drizzles of honey…

…and…

…drizzles of chocolate sauce.

Last but not least, top with toasted almonds…

…and,

enjoy.

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Brown Butter Banana Dessert

Bananas that are  sautéed in brown butter and brown sugar are served warm with vanilla ice cream and delicious toppings.  It's is a simple dessert that tastes like a special creation in a fancy restaurant.  

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Banana Dessert
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add the butter and stir until it turns a very light golden color. Add brown sugar and stir. 

  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. When all sides (top and bottom) of the bananas are caramelized (about 3 or 4 minutes), turn off the heat, and gently remove them from the pan on to a serving dish.  

  5. Carefully cut (they will be hot and slightly soft) each banana diagonally into 3 pieces. Set aside for just a moment while toasting the almonds.
  6. Clean the pan or use a another one to brown the almonds.  Heat the pan on 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 in a small bowl.

  7. Top the bananas with ice cream.  Drizzle honey and chocolate sauce on the ice cream and top with toasted almonds. Serve right away on a plate, in a bowl, or in a decorative glass.

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23 Comments

  1. Will be making this for Christmas brunch

  2. Make it perfect with just a little rum!

  3. 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!

    • 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!

  4. 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!

    • 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!

  5. This desserts look amazing I going to make it tomorrow thanks

  6. 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!!!

    • 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. Oh my goodness, what a treat this is! This is one of the most delightful desserts I have ever seen, seriously delicious!

  10. 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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  11. 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!

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

  12. 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!