Easy Bananas Flambe Recipe

bananas flambe
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Bananas flambé makes an impressive presentation with the lights off because rum is flamed to finish this simple banana dessert dish popular in the French Caribbean. 

This flambé is similar to the New Orleans dessert known as Bananas Foster. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1 lime, squeezed

How to Make It

  1. Peel and halve each banana lengthwise.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Brown the bananas 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Add the sugar and pour in the rum. Cook for 2 minutes. Flambé.
  5. Sprinkle with lime juice and serve at once.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster was created at New Orlean's Brennan's Restaurant in the 1950s. It is similar to the above recipe in that firm-ripe bananas are sliced lengthwise and sautéed.

But butter is used, not oil, along with dark-brown sugar, dark rum, lemon juice, and banana liqueur. It is flambéed and served with vanilla ice cream. The dessert was named after a loyal Brennan's customer, Richard Foster.

Source: "French Caribbean Cuisine" by Stephanie Ovide (Hippocrene Books)

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 247
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Carbohydrates 32 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)