Caramelized bananas are seriously a game changer. I have been seeing them all over Instagram- in oatmeal, chia pudding, yogurt bowls, smoothie bowls, and ice cream. I never made caramelized 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 caramelized bananas 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.
Raw bananas are super yummy in my opinion (especially with some crushed chocolate and honey drizzle on top, ooo!), but these caramelized bananas just add that extra oomf to so many recipes. That crispy, caramelized layer they get from cooking in butter is scrumptious. And you can make them in less than ten minutes!
Tips for Caramelized Bananas!
- Make sure to use bananas that are not overly ripe. The bananas that you choose should be yellow, perhaps with a slight green tint. Bananas with brown spots will fall apart more easily while cooking than bananas that are a little more hard. Save your brown bananas to make banana bread instead!
- You can use maple syrup instead of honey if you want your bananas to have a more toffee-like flavor. You can use this same recipe but substitute in syrup for the honey.
- Don’t touch your banana slices while they are cooking! Leaving them alone allows for the caramel-y layer to form.
- Make sure that you slice your banana evenly so that it cooks evenly too.
Let’s get into the recipe!
Caramelized Bananas with Honey
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon or spices of your choice
- Slice up a banana evenly horizontally
- In a medium pan, add butter, honey, and spices. Mix until incorporated
- With heat on medium, wait for the honey mixture to begin to bubble.
- Add sliced bananas to the pan and cook each side for 3 minutes
Enjoy your ooey gooey and delicious ‘naners! Let me know any creative ways you have used caramelized bananas in your other recipes!