Go big or go home with this decadent, New Orleans-style dessert. Single Serve Bananas Foster is one of the very few recipes where I actually don’t try to health-it-up, and I’m all-in on butter, sugar, and ice cream. Oh, but wait…it has banana and pecans in it…that makes it healthy, right?
Single Serve Bananas Foster
One of my favorite things about this recipe, besides caramelized bananas smothered in ice cream, is that it’s a single serve recipe in a cute little cast iron skillet. So, you can make as few or as many as you like…and they all look adorable.
Do you know just how ridiculously easy Bananas Foster is? So easy, you’d be crazy to not make this one! You’d be passing up the opportunity to impress someone, with little effort!
A word of caution. There is an optional part of this recipe involving an open flame in a skillet. If you decide to go that route, ALL precautions MUST be taken to avoid injury and prevent fire. You know, things like adult supervision and having a fire extinguisher on hand…things like that.
Mind you, these efforts are so worth it when you taste the magic that occurs from burning off alcohol and being left with the richness that is rum-flavored, buttery caramel sauce. It’s pure heaven!
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Ingredients you will need for Single Serve Bananas Foster:
- brown sugar
- chopped pecans
- (optional) dark or light rum
- vanilla bean ice cream
Kitchen tools I use for this recipe:
Looking for more dessert decadence that goes with any holiday? Check out my Orange Olive Oil Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache. It’s a simple cake with very distinct orange and chocolate flavors. If you like chocolate, you’ll love these Black Truffle Salted Dark Chocolate Drizzled Nuts. Like the Bananas Foster, they’re super easy and decadent…only without the peril of igniting an open flame.
Here are some more amazing dessert ideas to satisfy that sweet tooth!
- Peanut Butter Marbled Brownie Skillet Pie
- Chocolate Lasagna
- Lemon Blueberry Trifle
- Peanut Butter Oreo No Bake Cheesecake
- Cake Mix Apple Cobler in the Crockpot
- Sex in a Pan
- Banana Fritters
Single Serve Bananas Foster
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- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar dark or light
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
- a few pinches cinnamon
- 1 banana sliced lengthwise
- 1 tbsp rum (dark or light) optional
- 1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream
- Melt butter in skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar; heat until sugar dissolves, stir as needed (about 2 min).
- Stir in vanilla, pecans, and cinnamon (be careful: liquid/oil splattering may occur).
- Place bananas, sliced side up, in skillet; heat for about two minutes.
- Gently turn bananas over, sliced side down; continue heating for two more minutes.
- Remove skillet from heat; (optional) add and "ignite" the rum.
To "ignite" rum (CAUTION: Igniting rum means to create an “open flame” in the skillet to burn off the alcohol. Please take ALL precautions necessary to prevent injury and fire, such as adult supervision and fire extinguisher on hand).
- Remove skillet from heat; pour rum over sauce; using a long match or long lighter, carefully ignite contents of the skillet; be sure to stand back as the flame may shoot out from the pan; once ignited, allow flame to burn and completely die before serving.
- Top caramelized bananas and sauce with 1 scoop ice cream; garnish with chopped pecans; serve warm.
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