With just two simple ingredients, you can make soft and sweet Caramelized Bananas to go alongside pancakes, yogurt, waffles, or toast. And you don’t even need any added sweetener—they’re sweet enough as it is on their own!
Whenever we have weekend banana pancakes, I almost always have the urge to top them with Caramelized Bananas. It’s one of my favorite things to do with ripe bananas because they tastes so darn good (and sweet!) with just a few minutes of cooking time.
They’re super soft and easy for little kids to eat and they’re a nutritious way to add extra nutrients to a breakfast that tastes downright indulgent.
Crispy Caramelized Bananas
These bananas just get a little bit crispy, so they remain a nice texture for little (and big!) kids to enjoy. You need to add a lot of brown sugar or honey to get that super crisp creme-brulee-type crunch, but I find these to be so delicious that you don’t even need to do it.
Ingredients You Need
To make this super simple recipe, all you need is a ripe banana and butter. That’s it!
They tend to taste best if the banana has some brown spots, since that means it will naturally be sweeter, but since they do sweeten as they cook, it can work with straight up yellow bananas too.
Here’s a look at how to make this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.
- Slice the banana into rounds.
- Warm the butter in a nonstick or cast iron skillet.
- Cook the bananas briefly on both sides.
What kind of pan is best for these?
I like to use either a nonstick or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet (and by well seasoned I mean that it has a nice coating that makes it fairly nonstick) for this recipe. This helps to keep the amount of fat you need to use to cook the fruit rather low.
(Though I do like having some fat in the mix since little kids need it for proper brain development…and it just tastes good!)
Can I make vegan caramelized bananas?
If you have someone in your house who needs (or prefers) to eat dairy-free, you can replace the butter with coconut oil. The flavor will be slightly different but the results are similar.
TIP: Use a fork or a small spatula to flip the banana slices over.
What should I serve these with?
You could also serve them as a simple side dish to any breakfast or snack, depending on what your kids like most.
Can I add extra flavor to these Caramelized Bananas?
Sure! You could sprinkle with cinnamon if desired to add a hint of a spice. That would be a nice way to add more flavor to these sweet bananas without much more effort.
Best Tips for Success
- Use very ripe bananas with brown spots for the best flavor.
- Use butter or coconut oil, according to your preference.
- Serve on their own or with pancakes, waffles, or yogurt.
- Top with a little cinnamon if desired.
- You may also like Fresh Pear Sauce, Sauteed Apples, Baked Pear Slices, and Stewed Peaches.
I’d love to hear what you thought of the recipe if you’ve tried it, so please chime in below in the comments!
This post was first published April 2019.
Quick Caramelized Bananas
- 1 medium-size ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter (or coconut oil)
- Slice the banana into rounds about 1/2-inch thick.
- Warm the butter in a nonstick skillet placed over medium heat. When melted, add the bananas making sure each is on a flat side. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until just starting to brown.
- Flip over and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve warm over pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal, or as a simple side.
- Use a fork or small spatula to flip the slices over.
- Use coconut oil for a dairy-free option.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon for a hint of spice.
- Serve over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt, or cottage cheese. Or serve on their own.
- Double the recipe to make a larger batch.
- These are best served warm out of the pan but can be reheated and served warm if needed.