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Bananas foster in a skillet with vanilla ice cream served on top against a gray background

Bananas Foster

In this Bananas Foster recipe, sliced bananas are coated in a cinnamon caramel, then flambeed in rum and banana liqueur to create the treat of your dreams!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cajun/Creole, Southern
Keyword banana, banana recipe, bananas foster, caramel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 239kcal


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 3 medium sized bananas peeled and sliced lengthwise into long strips
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup light rum
  • 1 tbsp banana liqueur
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • Add butter to a large non stick pan and melt over medium heat. 
  • Once completely melted down, whisk or stir in the brown sugar and let dissolve into the butter completely.
  • Add banana slices to the sugar mixture and cook for about 2 minutes on one side then turn over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side.
  • Add in cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg then finally the rum, banana liqueur and vanilla and cook until it begins to bubble.
  • THIS IS OPTIONAL: Once you see it bubbling, use a long lighter and light it but be VERY CAREFUL.
  • Continue basting until the flames burn out and then serve over vanilla ice cream immediately.


THIS IS OPTIONAL: Flambeing is optional but it does cook out the alcohol and make for a deeper caramelization on the bananas. To do it, use a long lighter to carefully ignite the liquid. 


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg