Fried bananas with cinnamon honey butter sauce is an irresistibly delicious sweet fruit dessert, especially with a scoop of ice cream on top. It only takes 10 minutes to make this easy banana dessert recipe!
Ripe bananas may be well known for their ability to pack flavor into a loaf of banana bread, but they are also great for making many other things.
Thanks to a food science known as the Maillard reaction, fried bananas have a big boost of flavor. Adding a blanket of warm cinnamon honey sauce and a scoop of vanilla or mango ice cream on top transforms them into a crave-able sweet treat!
Making Fried Bananas
This fruit dessert is beyond easy to make, and so quick that you can have it ready to serve in only 10 minutes!
Just gather up the following ingredients:
- Ripe but firm bananas – Look for bananas that aren’t overly ripe. Those that still have a tinge of green color are best, but steer clear of those that are completely green. They do need to be slightly soft, but not mushy, so also avoid the ones with a lot of black spots.
- Butter – I like to use salted butter because salt is a flavor enhancer. If all you have is unsalted butter, go ahead and use it.
- Honey – If you don’t have any honey on hand, you can use maple syrup instead. But please, use real maple syrup, not bottled pancake syrup.
- Ground cinnamon
- Lemon juice – Fresh squeezed juice will give you much better flavor than concentrated juice from a bottle.
- Leftovers– If you have any leftovers, refrigerate them in a covered container and use them up within 3 to 4 days. After that, they’ll become too mushy. Unfortunately, fried bananas don’t freeze well.
- Reheating– Under refrigeration, the sauce will thicken and may even harden. However, it will thin out as it reheats.
To prevent the honey butter sauce from scorching, be sure to reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, and stir occasionally until the bananas and sauce are warmed through.
Fried Bananas FAQ
Bananas are packed with potassium and other essential minerals but they are high in starchy sugars called sucrose. So, while this fruit dessert is healthier than desserts made with refined sugar (like chocolate cake), it should still be eaten only as an occasional treat.
Fried plantains is a popular banana dessert in the Caribbean. Plantains are a great substitute for bananas!
Plantains are a different variety of banana than the ones you may be used to eating. The peel is much thicker, and the flesh is a bit starchier. Like yellow bananas, plantains are the sweetest when they are fully ripe.
Fried Bananas with Cinnamon Honey Sauce
- 2 ripe bananas peeled
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Cut the bananas into 1/2″ inch thick slices.
- In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt to combine.
- Add the banana slices, and pan fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden and caramelized all over. Lower heat if they brown too quickly.
- Use firm bananas, but not green. They need to be ripe, yet firm, and not mushy.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
This post, originally published on Sept. 4, 2020, was updated with new content and republished on June 5, 2021.