Brazilian Sweet Banana and Rice Dish


This is a Brazilian dish that has an odd ingredient, bananas. The bananas are almost a dessert on their own but are eaten along with rice in a dish that can be varied to one's taste.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 2 cups lemon juice

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon rum

  • 6 ripe bananas, halved lengthwise

  • 7 cups water

  • 3 ½ cups brown rice

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 2 (4 ounce) links sausage

  • 2 pinches dried dill

  • 2 pinches dried basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Combine lemon juice, sugar, butter, and rum in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.

  3. Arrange bananas cut-side down in the baking dish. Pour enough sauce over bananas to cover, reserving any extra sauce for serving.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until bananas are soft and sticky, about 30 minutes.

  5. Bring water and brown rice to a boil in another saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes.

  6. Combine black beans and diced tomatoes in a skillet over low heat; heat until warmed through, about 10 minutes.

  7. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage links; cook, flipping often, until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Slice sausage into small pieces.

  8. Scoop rice into a large bowl. Pour black beans on top. Sprinkle dill and basil on top. Add sausage; mix gently to combine. Serve bananas alongside.

Cook's Notes:

Reserve extra sauce for serving alongside the dish.

Use fresh tomatoes for even better flavor.

Halfway through cooking the rice, start warming the beans and cooking the sausage so you can plate and serve everything together.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

932 Calories
15g Fat
178g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 932
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 1016mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 178g 65%
Dietary Fiber 18g 63%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 57mg 286%
Calcium 152mg 12%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1462mg 31%

* 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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