Bananas Foster


Bananas foster is made by cooking sliced bananas and walnuts in a buttery rum sauce and serving it over vanilla ice cream. A Father's Day favorite we all love!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

This bananas foster recipe is a showstopping dessert that will impress everyone at your table — but it's surprisingly simple to make!

What Is Bananas Foster?

Bananas foster is a dessert consisting of sliced bananas and a rum sauce served over vanilla ice cream. It originated in New Orleans and is often prepared tableside in restaurants as a flambé (a cooking technique in which alcohol is added to a hot pan, creating flames).

Bananas Foster Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this restaurant-worthy bananas foster recipe:

· Butter: This decadent bananas foster recipe starts with butter melted in a skillet.
· Brown sugar: Dark brown sugar gives the dessert a rich and complex sweetness.
· Rum: Use your favorite dark rum for this boozy treat.
· Vanilla: Vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor of this bananas foster recipe.
· Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon lends a warm and cozy flavor.
· Bananas: Of course, you'll need bananas!
· Walnuts: Coarsely chopped walnuts add nutty flavor and welcome crunch.
· Ice cream: Use store-bought or homemade vanilla ice cream.

How to Make Bananas Foster

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make bananas foster at home:

1. Melt the butter in a skillet. Stir in the sugar, rum, vanilla, and cinnamon.
2. Add the bananas and walnuts, then cook until the bananas are soft.
3. Serve over ice cream.

Can You Make Bananas Foster Ahead of Time?

While it's best to make bananas foster right before you plan to serve it, you can make the sugary rum sauce the day before. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator, then reheat on the stove before finishing the recipe as written.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Just right," according to Bradley Miller. "Delicious and simple. Making sure the sugar is completely dissolved is very important for a great bananas foster."

"I have made this for years," says Michelle Embrey Hembree. "It is so delicious! The only thing I do differently is substitute brandy for the rum. It's a favorite at my house. I usually make a double batch and it will all be gone that night or the next day."

"Made this on the weekend with pecans and had to omit the vanilla (because I ran out), but it was so good," says LJ Shaw. "Used the remaining little bit on pancakes the next morning and I now have a new favorite pancake topper."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ¼ cup butter

  • cup dark brown sugar

  • 3 ½ tablespoons rum

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream


  1. Melt butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, rum, vanilla, and cinnamon; bring to a low boil.

  2. Place bananas and walnuts in the pan. Cook until bananas have softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve at once over vanilla ice cream.

    Bananas Foster II

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

534 Calories
24g Fat
73g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 534
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 61g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 537mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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