Buttery, soft, and with the right balance of sweetness and spice, these cinnamon spiced bananas are an absolute must-try.
Got some unexpected guests coming up? Want to whip up a fancy-looking dessert that doesn’t take too long to make? Get these easy cinnamon spiced bananas ready in just minutes, and serve them in a lot of different ways- based on what you have at hand.
They are also a great way to put some extra bananas that you might have, to good use.
Ready to try them out? Here’s all you need to know about the recipe before you begin.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to make these cinnamon spiced bananas.
- 3 large bananas
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup ice cream (for serving)
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How to Make the Cinnamon Spiced Bananas
Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you need to do to make these.
Peel the bananas and cut them into circles.
Place them in a small bowl and add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, with the butter on top.
Cover and cook in a microwave for 1 ½ minutes.
Serve it in small bowls with ice cream on top.
Frequently Asked Questions
Brown sugar doesn’t just lend the extra sweetness in this recipe but also gives the bananas that nice depth of butterscotch-like flavor that most other sweeteners can’t give.
That said, if you don’t have brown sugar or are just looking for an alternative, honey, maple syrup or agave are all great options. And of course, you can always use white sugar too.
Bananas that are either just ripe or slightly underripe can work wonderfully for this recipe. You could use overripe bananas too, but they can get slightly mushy and soft during the cooking process, and may even fall apart by the time they are done.
When shopping, pick bananas that have little or no black or brown spots on them and avoid choosing ones that have green skin.
You totally can- you could use your pan or skillet! Infact, making these cinnamon spiced bananas in the pan is ideal, because it helps the bananas soak up all the delicious spiced butter, and achieve that nice caramelization that you are looking for.
Just remember to cook this on low to medium flame to keep the mixture from burning, and you should be good.
This spiced banana recipe is incredibly simple and effortless- you really don’t need any additional ingredients whatsoever.
If you really must, a pinch of nutmeg can help enhance the flavor of these bananas, but that’s pretty much it.
If you’re a chocolate lover, you could add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to bring a bit of chocolate flavor to these bananas too.
Your leftover cinnamon spiced bananas can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Just remember to use an airtight container or a Ziploc bag, and then, when you want to put it to use, just reheat it on medium to low heat in a pan, stirring occasionally.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
Think you’re ready to get started with the recipe? Wait up! You might want to keep these little tips and tricks in mind to make sure you get all the flavors and textures right.
- Using salted butter for this recipe is a great idea, because it lends the dish a nice balanced flavor, and makes sure it doesn’t end up overly sweet. You could use unsalted butter if you’re trying to keep your sodium intake in check, or even use coconut oil if you want to keep it vegan.
- To add a bit of extra flavor and tanginess to these spiced bananas, you can squeeze a bit of lemon juice and add some fresh lemon zest into the mixture before you take it off heat.
- If you’re making the spiced bananas on a pan, remember to grease the pan well. Avoid using olive oil or any other regular cooking oil, and stick to the good old butter for this one.
- Make sure you cut the bananas into equal sized rounds, and keep them around 1 inch in thickness, to make sure they cook well when you’re working with them.
- You can also cut the bananas in slices if you want to- it all depends on how you are planning to serve them.
- If your spiced bananas have become slightly softer than you would like them to be, you can layer them on some homemade granola and yogurt to turn them into a quick and delicious trifle.
- Bananas that have become too soggy to be used in a trifle can be added to a basic vanilla cake mix transform it into a delicious spiced banana cake.
- Once you plate them, sprinkle a bit of granulated sugar over the top of these bananas to lend it some extra ‘wow’ factor and deliciousness.
How to Serve the Cinnamon Spiced Bananas
These spiced bananas taste best when served with vanilla ice cream, but that doesn’t have to be the only way you serve them. You can make a nice little pile of these bananas, top it all with some whipped cream and a little drizzle of caramel sauce, and it should taste great.
If you have some leftovers, you can top it on a little bowl of Greek yogurt and have it for breakfast, or top them on your waffles, French toast, and pancakes or even serve them with some chantilly cream or coconut cream on the side- they are literally that versatile.
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- 3 large bananas
- 3 tablespoon (42g) brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon (4ml) vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon (0.5g) ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon (14g) butter
- 1 cup (128g) ice cream (for serving)
- Peel the bananas and cut them into circles.
- Place them in a small bowl and add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, with the butter on top.
- Cover and cook in a microwave for 1 ½ minutes.
- Stir well.
- Serve it in small bowls with ice cream on top.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g