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Bananas Foster


For those of you who don’t carry banana liqueur in your homes—and don’t want to buy an entire bottle for a recipe that only requires a small cup—try this quick and easy recipe for Bananas Foster that doesn’t require banana liqueur. The perfect dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth!

What You Will Need:

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 stick of cinnamon, broken in half
  • Vanilla ice cream (for serving)
  • 3⁄4 cup dark rum (or substitute—see below)
  • 6 unripened bananas, halved lengthwise and then halved crosswise (or cut into small pieces, whichever you prefer)


  1. Using a 12-inch skillet, heat the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt over medium-low heat. Continue to cook and stir until the sugar dissolves in the butter.
  2. Add your cut bananas to the skillet. Cook, while stirring gently, about 10 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add your rum or rum substitute (see below).
  4. Using a match or lighter, ignite the contents to flambé (flambé means to ignite foods that have liquor or liqueur added), and continue cooking until the flame dies out.
  5. To serve, spoon the bananas and sauce contents over scoops of ice cream in bowls.

Serves 4. Be very careful when cooking with alcohol and an open flame!

Rum Substitutes:

Dark rum can be substituted with bourbon, dark cachaça, or brandy (for brandy, you would need to add a small amount of molasses to the sugar and cinnamon). For those of you who are looking for non-alcoholic substitutes, grape juice, pineapple juice, or apple juice can be substituted on a 1-to-1 basis for dark rum. Adding a small amount of almond and vanilla extract to your juice can help to more closely imitate the flavor of dark rum. Keep in mind that the substitution of juices will not allow you to flambé the dessert. In this case, you would skip step 4.

Local & Organic Produce:

Our shelves are stocked with natural and organic alternatives to your favorite foods. Interested in purchasing your ingredients from our options of local produce? Visit New Leaf Market Co-op (NLMC) for all of your natural and organic food needs!


This recipe is courtesy of Saveur.

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