These caramelized bananas are pan fried bananas full of sweet cinnamon flavor! Perfect for a quick and easy dessert, you need just 4 ingredients!
Whenever we have leftover bananas, they are always used to make banana bread or banana cookies. However, when I need an instant dessert fix, I turn to making pan fried bananas!
Why pan fry bananas?
Pan fried cinnamon bananas are a healthier and easier alternative to fried bananas. There is no batter involved and besides a tiny amount of coconut oil, it’s relatively low in fat. The texture of the bananas is soft and gooey. They are sweet and have a caramel flavor, thanks to the coconut oil and syrup!
Dessert, breakfast, or a cheeky snack, these pan fried bananas are so versatile and a delicious new way to enjoy bananas!
How to make pan fried bananas
- Bananas– You want to choose a banana that is firm and ripe, but not overripe. Do you know those bananas that are spotty or turning brown? Those aren’t great to use for this. Save those for an oatmeal smoothie instead.
- Coconut oil– Refined coconut oil is preferred, as it doesn’t have any coconut flavor! You can also use vegan butter or vegan margarine.
- Agave nectar– Helps to caramelize the bananas and intensifies the sweetness. Date syrup and maple syrup can also be used.
- Cinnamon– A must for any recipe using bananas.
Start by slicing the banana into equal sized coins. Next, add the coconut oil to a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add the agave nectar and cinnamon and let it warm up, and begin to sizzle. Once it begins to sizzle, add the sliced bananas and saute for 1-2 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer the caramelized bananas to a plate and serve immediately.
What to serve fried bananas with
- Ice cream– The most obvious and suitable partner for the bananas! Serve it with some homemade vanilla ice cream.
- Whipped cream– Shake then beat a can of coconut milk with a hand mixer until fluffy. Fold through some powdered sugar and you have instant vegan whipped cream.
- Fresh or frozen berries– Add some fresh sliced strawberries or frozen berries.
- Yogurt– Pair it with some coconut or soy yogurt for a decadent tasting yet healthy breakfast.
How do you store caramelized bananas?
Pan fried bananas are best enjoyed freshly made, but you can store them away to enjoy later.
- To store: Place the bananas on a plate or serving dish, covered. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To freeze: Place leftovers in a shallow container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- To reheat: Microwave for 20-30 seconds, until warm.
Recommended tools to make this recipe
- Non-stick pan. A must when cooking stovetop. A non-stick pan makes the clean up process easy!
- Tongs. Non-stick tongs so you don’t scratch the pan.
- Eco-friendly chopping board. Not only are these better for the environment, but these ones are sturdy and durable.
Caramelized Bananas (Pan Fried!)
- 1 large banana
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp agave nectar or maple syrup or date syrup
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- Slice your banana in half inch coins.
- Place the coconut oil in a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add the agave nectar. Once it begins to sizzle, add the bananas and cinnamon and sautee for 1-2 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Transfer the banana onto a plate and serve immediately.
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