Irresistible, easy, with just a touch of fancy—caramelized bananas take any dessert (or breakfast) to the next level. Tender bananas coated in nearly-burnt vanilla caramel sauce for the best caramelized bananas!
The Caramelized Bananas of Your Dreams
Have you ever just dreamt of rivers and rivers of buttery sweet, glossy caramel sauce? How about cozy, warm, and comforting bananas seared to perfection? What if I told you we could combine those two delectable foods to make this incredible, secretly-easy, fancy dessert to wow everyone after dinner?
Today, we’re making the very best caramelized bananas on Earth. You are gonna hum, sing, dance, and cover-everyone’s ears’-groan your way tastily through this amazing dessert. Let’s begin!
The Ingredients You Need to Make Caramelized Bananas
You’ll be surprised at how simple and short the ingredients list for caramelized bananas is. All you need are 5 ingredients to make thing stunningly delicious dessert.
- Brown Sugar
What Are Caramelized Bananas?
Caramelized bananas are a sweet dessert that features bananas coated in a caramelized sauce. Some folks like to sear the bananas in the pan with some oil and sugar for sweet and oily bananas with still-discernible sugar bits. After trying it this way, I didn’t enjoy the results and felt that that technique left me wanting.
I like to prepare a caramel sauce in the pan simultaneously while searing the bananas, so the result is perfectly cooked bananas coated in legit buttery-sweet, almost-burnt vanilla caramel sauce.
How to Make Caramelized Bananas
This process is going to be so easy; you’ll wonder how something so amazing could be so simple.
First, prepare the bananas. I like using one large banana, or two small bananas so they don’t overcrowd the pan, and so there’s plenty of caramel sauce left for topping.
Peel the bananas and slice them into thick coins. Slice diagonally if you’re feeling fancy.
Then, melt brown sugar and butter in a nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbling.
Add banana pieces, cooking until one side is coated and caramelized. Then, flip and caramelize the bananas on the other side.
Just when the caramel is about to burn, add in the vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk, stirring gently to incorporate.
Cook until the mixture is sticky and thick.
Keeping a watchful eye, remove the skillet from the heat before the caramel burns.
Lastly, add in the remaining 1 tablespoon of milk, stirring until well incorporated. This last bit will turn the caramel from thick and sticky to silky sauce.
And that’s it! Your caramelized bananas are ready to top a bowl of creamy vanilla ice cream and more.
Tips for the Best Caramelized Banana Recipe
I’ll share a few tips for making the best caramelized banana recipe but remember to not put too much pressure on yourself. You’ve got this!
Use medium ripe bananas. I know, I know, my instinct was to use the ripest bananas possible—after all, we all love the most naturally sweet bananas, right? But for today’s caramelized banana recipe, you won’t need to worry about sweetness; you need to focus on “structural integrity.” Lol. Make sure to use just medium ripe bananas, or even not ripe bananas, as they’ll have more stability and firmness for flipping during the cooking process.
Gently flip the bananas while cooking. Once the bananas starting cooking, they’ll quickly become increasingly fragile. As such, you’ll want to handle them with care. I like to use a small, narrow spatula or a large fork to gently flip each banana. I found that tongs were too rough and smashed the bananas.
Cook the caramel until it’s nearly burnt. Nearly. Caramel tastes best when it’s hanging right on the edge of being burnt—that’s what will have the best toasty, warm flavor, and the best gooey, glazed texture. Cook the caramel *almost* too much, but not quite.
Patience is key. You’ll need to monitor the bananas closely while cooking them, but not rush things. Going too fast will result in subpar caramelized bananas.
Enjoy the process. This isn’t rocket science, or a do-or-die test of achievement; this is cooking! If you’re not enjoying at least a little bit of it, then why do it? Your first go at making caramelized bananas may not be perfect, but it’ll be fun. And, the more you cook, the better and more natural you’ll get. Remember to enjoy the process—and have some fun. 🙂
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What to Serve with Caramelized Bananas
- As an ice cream topping on any of the following: Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe, Coconut Milk Ice Cream, or 3 Ingredient Cashew Ice Cream Recipe
- Toast Slivered Almonds – try topping your caramelized bananas with the toasty-goodness crunch of toasted slivered almonds.
- Make any one (or more!!) of these 7 vegan overnight oats recipes and top with a generous serving of caramel bananas for the most luxurious breakfast treat. 😌
- Top this incredible Easy Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe for a dreamy combo of sweet coconut & vanilla caramel. YUM!
Bodacious Banana Recipes 🍌 💛
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- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Super Moist Vegan Oatmeal Banana Bread (Gluten Free)
- Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream – 4 ingredients!
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