How To Make Banana Fosters Sauce


This post will teach you how to make banana fosters sauce!

As far as I’m concerned, every restaurant should serve some form of banana pudding. This decadent dessert from the South is made from ripe bananas, vanilla wafers, light cream cheese and cinnamon. More importantly, it requires a sweet and spicy sauce to go on top. Banana Fosters Sauce is how this delicacy reaches its final form.

How To Make Banana Fosters Sauce

An ice cream scoop is placed on top of fresh bananas that have been cooked in a decadent cinnamon sauce, topped in rum, and gently flambéed. You can create immaculate Bananas Foster every time with this simple recipe!

Extra bananas foster sauce being drizzled over a dessert bowl filled with bananas foster and vanilla ice cream

A Classic Banana Dessert Done Right

I adore anything with cinnamon and bananas. Bananas foster is one of my favorite sweets, so it makes sense. It’s total and utter heaven with the warm, soft, sweet cinnamon bananas on top of the rich vanilla ice cream.

I also like to add rum to my sweets, and this is definitely no exception. It brings everything together with a hint of heat and beautifully complements the other tastes in this recipe. Also, lighting it on fire is always so much fun! This bananas foster is a show-stopper when it comes to quick and simple homemade sweets.

What is Bananas Foster?

Sliced bananas sautéed in a sauce of butter, cinnamon, and sugar make up the traditional dessert bananas foster. Typically, it is placed on top of a vanilla ice cream scoop. Ice cream that is cool and creamy pairs perfectly with warm, ripe bananas.

What is the Difference Between Bananas Foster and Bananas Flambé?

You’ve created bananas foster once the bananas have completed cooking in the cinnamon sauce. In bananas flambé, rum-coated, fried bananas are set ablaze. So imagine this dessert as a flambé version of bananas foster! Isn’t that right, the best of both worlds?

A bowl full of bananas foster and ice cream on top of a marble counter with cinnamon sticks and more bananas beside it

Recipe Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to prepare this classic treat. Round up the following items.

  • Salted Butter: Or unsalted butter with an added pinch of table salt.
  • Brown Sugar: Either light or dark brown sugar will work – just remember to pack it into the measuring cup.
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Heavy Cream: This adds just a touch of creaminess to the sauce.
  • Bananas: They should be ripe but not overripe. Cut them in half lengthwise, then halve them again crosswise.
  • Dark Rum: You could also use additional cream or water if you don’t want to use alcohol. To get the rum flavor without adding any alcohol, simply use 3 teaspoons of rum extract plus 6 teaspoons of water or juice. If you’d like to do the flambé, you’ll need to stick with the rum (or opt for bourbon instead).
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: For serving.

How to Make Bananas Foster

Even though bananas foster is fancy and luxurious, it’s remarkably easy to make! Yet another reason why I’m such a big fan of it.

Make Sauce: Add the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and cream to a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat.

Brown sugar inside of a metal saucepan with seven squares of salted butter

Heat gently: Let the butter melt and stir continuously for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar has melted and the sauce is smooth. Never turn the heat up past medium.

Bananas should be cooked for two to three minutes, or until they are just beginning to soften, after being added.

Add Rum and Light: Turn off the heat and pour the rum over the bananas and sauce in the pan. The rum should be ignited with a long lighter. For about 30 seconds, gently shake or swirl the sauce until the flames are extinguished. The flames, which will glow blue, can occasionally be very faint.

Bananas foster sitting inside of a large metal skillet on a kitchen countertop

Enjoy! Spoon the warm bananas and the sauce overtop the ice cream and serve right away.

Bananas foster inside of a bowl with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top

Can I Prep This in Advance?

Making the sauce up to two days in advance will allow you to get a good start on the bananas foster portion of the dish. Before adding the bananas, reheat it in your skillet while keeping it chilled in an airtight container.

Tips for Success

Don’t forget to check out these handy tips and tricks before you hit the kitchen. Happy cooking!

  • Maintain the Heat at Medium: It’s crucial to maintain medium heat on your stovetop (or lower if necessary). If the temperature is raised, the sauce will heat up too rapidly before the sugar has a chance to dissolve, which may result in a sauce that is gritty.
  • When dealing directly with fire, take all necessary safety precautions. This includes when flambéing. There are several ways to put out a fire, including using a long lighter, stirring the sauce until the flames go out, and keeping the pan’s lid and a fire extinguisher close by.
  • Quickly pour the bananas foster over the ice cream for the finest results. As soon as the flame is extinguished, do this.

Creamy Bananas Foster Sauce


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup Daisy Sour Cream
  • 3 large bananas, sliced


  1. Melt the butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cinnamon and brown sugar after that. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and is bubbling.
  2. Add the apple juice, rum, and banana extracts. When the mixture is smooth, whisk in the sour cream.
  3. Until hot, cook. The bananas should only be heated through completely before being added. Serve with warm ice cream, cake, or waffles.

Bananas Foster

  • YIELD2 servings
  • TIME5 minutes

Bananas Foster

This dish was initially published in 1957 as a part of an article on Creole cooking in the New Orleans style by Jane Nickerson, the food editor for the New York Times. This recipe, which was modified from Brennan’s restaurant, is intended to be spectacular. Yet it’s surprisingly simple. In case things go out of control, make sure you have a lid ready to put out the flame. Simply add a teaspoon additional rum if banana liqueur is not available.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 banana, peeled, halved lengthwise and crosswise
  •  Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon banana liqueur
  • 1 ounce light rum (80- to 90-proof)
  •  Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. In a little frying pan, melt the butter and sugar. Add the banana chunks and cook, rotating once, until just faintly browned over medium heat. Put some cinnamon on top. Take the pan off the heat.
  2. To the pan, add liqueur and rum. Use a long-reach lighter to delicately ignite the sauce before flambé. As soon as the flame starts to go out, drizzle flaming sauce over the banana slices.
  3. Over warm vanilla ice cream, top with warm banana slices and sauce.

Bananas Foster

This Bananas Foster dish is incredibly simple to prepare at home and is a New Orleans staple. You’ll want more of the sweet, cinnamon caramel sauce because it is bursting with such a rich, banana flavor. This dish takes less than 20 minutes to prepare but is stunning. Don’t be deterred by the flames!

Two bowls of Banana Fosters, one in front has a spoon in it.

This dish is made by sautéing bananas in a rum-caramel sauce and serving with a scoop of ice cream. It is surprisingly easy to make but full of flavor. The black rum gives this creamy, luscious dessert additional richness and warmth. Not only does it smell amazing as you prepare it, but lighting the sauce always impresses dinner guests.

Made famous at Owen Brennan’s restaurant and named after Richard Foster, chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission, this Bananas Foster recipe was created in 1951 when Brennan challenged his chef Paul Blangé to create a dish featuring bananas. While Bananas Foster can be enjoyed on its own, it can be served over some easy pancakes or homemade waffles for breakfast as well!


Ingredients needed to make a Banana Foster.

Bananas — use bananas that are ripe but still firm. This way, they hold their shape better when sliced and cooked. Overripe bananas will break down and create a lumpy caramel. Save the overripe ones for banana bread.


Rum — while rum adds flavor, you also cannot ignite and flambé the recipe without it. Be very careful when igniting the rum, as it is highly flammable. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby! I recommend using dark rum such as Myers’s or Bacardi Black.

Butter — I recommend using unsalted butter, but salted butter would also work well here to add a little salt to balance out the sweetness of the caramel sauce.

Brown sugar — I prefer using dark brown sugar over light brown sugar for a deeper and richer molasses flavor to the caramel sauce.


Set of two photos showing a banana sliced in half and cinnamon added to a pan of butter and sugar.

1. Slice the bananas in half, lengthwise.

2. In a large saucepan or skillet, heat butter, sugar, and cinnamon over medium-high heat.

Set of two photos showing sauce simmering and bananas added in.

3. Cook, often stirring, until butter is melted and mixture is bubbly for about 4 minutes.

4. Add bananas. Cook, gently stirring often, until tender, about 4 minutes.

Set of two photos showing rum added then flamed with a blow torch.

5. Add the rum and remove it from heat.

6. Using a long lighter or long match, carefully ignite rum, swirling pan constantly, until flames die out in the Bananas Foster sauce, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately over ice cream.

A pan with multiple caramelized bananas with the caramel sauce.


  • Make sure you don’t have any other burners going when you light the rum. Have a heavy metal lid on available in case you need to douse the flame. Keep your sleeves rolled up and your hair pulled back.
  • Have no ice cream? Instead, consider including a spoonful of whipped cream.
  • For an even richer and creamier Bananas Foster sauce, add a few drops of heavy cream before adding the bananas.
  • Right before you start cooking, slice the bananas. Bananas that have been cut into slices start to oxidize and won’t keep for very long.
  • It is best to use a light-colored or stainless steel pan because it is more difficult to monitor the dark caramel sauce in a dark pan.


Bananas are not only delicious and convenient, but they also offer a wide range of health benefits. Here are seven health benefits of bananas:

  1. Rich in nutrients: Bananas are a good source of fiber, vitamins B6 and C, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients help to support overall health and can aid in the prevention of chronic diseases.
  2. Promotes digestion: The high fiber content in bananas promotes regular bowel movements and can help prevent constipation. Bananas also contain fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which helps to feed beneficial gut bacteria and promote healthy digestion.
  3. May improve heart health: The potassium in bananas can help to regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Additionally, the fiber in bananas may help to lower cholesterol levels.
  4. Boosts energy: Bananas are a great source of natural energy, thanks to their carbohydrate content. They are also rich in vitamins B6 and C, which can help to reduce fatigue and support energy metabolism.
  5. May help with weight loss: Bananas are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a good food choice for weight loss. The fiber in bananas can help to keep you feeling full for longer, reducing the likelihood of overeating.
  6. May improve mood: Bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan, which the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, sleep, and appetite.
  7. Supports healthy skin: Bananas contain vitamin C, which is essential for the production of collagen – a protein that helps to keep skin firm and supple. The antioxidants in bananas can also help to protect against damage from free radicals, which can contribute to aging and other skin concerns.

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