These pan fried caramelized banana slices with honey and cinnamon are an easy, delicious, and amazing addition to any breakfast bowl or dessert- like ice cream, oatmeal, greek yogurt, French toast, and more. And it gets even better- you can make fried honey bananas in less than 10 minutes!
Caramelized bananas are seriously a game changer. I have been seeing them all over Instagram- in oatmeal, chia pudding, yogurt bowls, smoothie bowls, and vanilla ice cream. I never made caramelized fried bananas until recently because I thought they just looked too complicated to make. How could a food that is so gooey and “gourmet” possibly be made for a quick and easy weekday breakfast?
One day a couple months ago, I decided to try making a caramelized bananas recipe for the first time. Then, I had an epiphany. I had been wrong all along, and I had definitely been missing out on some pure deliciousness.
In this blog post, you will learn how to make caramelized bananas for pancakes and other foods, how to store caramelized bananas, and more. Raw bananas are super yummy in my opinion (especially with some crushed chocolate and honey drizzle on top, ooo!), but these caramelized bananas with honey and cinnamon just add that extra oomf to so many recipes. That crispy, caramelized layer you get from cooking bananas in butter is scrumptious. Spooning them over pancakes is a total dream! And you can make these fried honey banana slices in less than ten minutes!
Tips for Making Honey Caramelized Bananas
- When making honey caramelized banana slices, make sure to use bananas that are not overly ripe. The bananas that you choose should be yellow, perhaps with a slight green tint. Super ripe bananas with brown spots will fall apart more easily while cooking with bananas that are a little more hard. Save your brown bananas to make banana bread instead!
- Don’t touch your banana slices while they are cooking! This is one of the most important parts of learning how to cook caramelized bananas. Leaving them alone allows for the caramel-y layer to form. This way, you will end up with super delicious and crispy honey caramelized bananas!
- Watch your banana slices while they are cooking in the honey mixture – you want to make sure they don’t burn!
- Make sure that you slice your banana evenly so that it cooks evenly too.
How to Caramelize Bananas
So, what is caramelizing? Does caramelized mean burnt? Caramelized does not mean burnt. Caramelization is the oxidation of sugar, which results in a brown color and nutty flavor. To put it simply, it is when you brown something to extract more flavor. When you caramelize your banana slices, add them to the mixture of honey, butter, and cinnamon on the stove top bubbling over medium heat. Coat the banana coins in the honey mixture and cook them on each side for about three minutes.
How Long Will Caramelized Bananas Keep? Can You Freeze Caramelized Bananas?
Your pan fried cooked bananas should be eaten right away. However, if you do have leftovers and are wondering how to store caramelized bananas, store them for up to a day in the fridge in a container with a tight fitting lid. I would not suggest freezing caramelized bananas, but you can freeze any caramel sauce that is left over. Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to day or in the freezer for up to 3 days. To thaw out your leftover caramel sauce, place the container over a bowl of warm water.
Are Caramelized Bananas Healthy?
I usually do post healthy recipes, but I would not consider this caramelized banana recipe healthy! Bananas are high in carbs (good carbs though!) but the butter and sugar content definitely makes this more of an occasional treat.
Can I Make Caramelized Bananas in the Oven? Can I Make Caramelized Bananas in the Microwave?
Yes! Julie Clark of Tastes of Lizzy T outlines ways to do both in this article.
What Else Can I Add to My Honey Banana Sauce?
Some of my suggestions to add when frying bananas are:
- Rum (for bananas foster!)
Pan Fried Caramelized Banana Slices with Honey Substitutions
- You can make caramelized bananas with maple syrup instead of honey if you want your glazed bananas to have a more toffee-like flavor. You can use this same recipe but substitute in syrup for the honey.
- You can swap out the butter for coconut oil to make this a dairy free treat!
Let’s get into this delicious and easy recipe!
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp salted butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Slice up a banana evenly horizontally
- In a medium pan, add butter, honey, and cinnamon. Mix until well incorporated.
- With the stove on medium heat, wait for the honey mixture to begin to bubble.
- Add sliced bananas to the pan and cook on each side for 3 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 5gSugar: 49gProtein: 2g
Enjoy your ooey gooey and delicious ‘naners! Let me know any creative ways you have used caramelized bananas in your other recipes by leaving a comment or tagging me on Instagram!