Easy Bananas Flambe

Easy Bananas Flambe

The Spruce / Christine Ma

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
247 Calories
7g Fat
32g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 247
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and provides a delicious dessert for a special occasion, or the perfect ending for a romantic dinner for two. Bananas are sliced in half, browned in a skillet, and cooked in rum and sugar with just a touch of lime juice. It is then flambéed, and a dollop of homemade vanilla ice cream is added, if you desire, to provide the ultimate finishing touches. Yum!

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


  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Serving suggestion: Vanilla Ice Cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Easy Bananas Flambe ingredients

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  2. Peel and halve each banana lengthwise.

    Peel and halve each banana lengthwise

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  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

    Heat the oil in a frying pan

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  4. Brown the bananas 5 minutes on each side.

    Brown the bananas in a frying pan

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  5. Add the sugar and pour in the rum.

    Add the sugar and rum to the bananas in the frying pan

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  6. Cook for 2 minutes.

    cook the bananas in the pan with the sugar and rum

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  7. Flambé.

    Flambé the bananas

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  8. Sprinkle with lime juice and serve at once with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

    Easy Bananas Flambe, Sprinkle with lime juice and serve with vanilla ice cream

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What is Bananas Foster?

Bananas Foster was created at New Orlean's Brennan's Restaurant in the 1950s. It is similar to the above Bananas flambé 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)

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