This 3-Ingredient Bananas Foster Is The Perfect Dessert For Every Occasion

best bananas Foster recipe

Emily Abrams

What’s not to like about bananas, brown sugar and butter? It’s the trio of champions. Bananas Foster is the ideal dessert for pretty much any occasion. The dish may sound a little on the fancy side, but it’s actually one of the simplest desserts out there. If you have bananas and a tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, you’re all set.

As far as equipment goes, any saute pan will do the trick. There’s nothing to prep ahead of time with bananas Foster. You’ll want the ice cream cold and the bananas bubbling. This is a prime time to use up those ripe bananas in your pantry.


  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Melt the butter in a saute pan. Once the butter starts to bubble, sprinkle in the brown sugar and wait until the butter and sugar form a smooth paste. Add in the bananas and let it all become one beautiful gooey mess. If you have cinnamon and vanilla extract, add a little of each to the mixture.

Once the mixture starts bubbling and the bananas look like they’ve become one with the butter and sugar, remove them from the heat. Portion out a few scoops of vanilla ice cream for each bowl. Pour the sizzling bananas right over the ice cream and serve immediately. If you have chopped walnuts, sprinkle those on top for a crunchy contrast.


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