This Maple Pan Fried Bananas recipe creates a sweet and decadent topping that you can cook up in under 5 minutes by caramelizing them right in your skillet. They’re versatile making them the perfect sweet and sticky topping for ice cream, pancakes & waffles or to eat on their own plain!
Fried Bananas are one of my favorite ways to jazz up dessert or breakfast in just 5 minutes!
Slices of banana are pan-fried in a skillet with butter, maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon until they get beautifully caramelized.
Then pile them onto yogurt, pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecake and more!
Nothing says comforting brunch and breakfast like the sweet and naturally creamy taste of bananas.
Bananas are used in so many sweet recipes and this delicious topping is no exception!
These fried bananas get a nice brown, crispy outer layer and a great sweet naturally sweet flavor coming from the maple syrup.
Cinnamon helps bring out the banana and maple flavours making them warm and comforting.
You’ll love using these pan fried bananas on breakfasts, desserts or just eating them as is.
Fried bananas come together in just 5 minutes, making it a staple morning recipe to use when you’re short on time and still want something flavorful.
You’ll only need 4 ingredients to make this recipe including bananas, butter, cinnamon and sweet maple syrup.
You can use it to top breakfasts foods like pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and yogurt or use it to top vanilla ice cream or swirl them into a chocolate brownie recipe.
Eat them plain when you’re craving a dessert, served with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
The whole recipe is made all in one skillet making your kitchen clean up a breeze.
Wondering how to make this recipe? Follow this step by step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
Peel the bananas and cut into slices, about ½ inch thick.
Heat the butter, cinnamon and syrup together over a medium heat in a frying pan until hot and bubbling.
Add the banana slices in a single layer and fry for a few minutes until browned and golden.
Flip each piece using tongs and fry until the other side is browned.
Remove from heat and serve hot.
Make sure you use bananas that are ripe but not overripe. An overripe banana that’s good for banana bread will not work well in this recipe as it may stick to the pan and become mushy.
Make sure the butter and maple syrup are hot and bubbling before adding the banana slices as this will ensure a good crust.
Keep the banana slices cut at least ½ inch thick to make sure they stay soft on the inside.
Once they are cooked, dust with a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice for a warming flavor that’s great in the fall.
Add some to the top of Vegan Waffles for a beautiful presentation.
Makes a great warm topping to these Vegan Pancakes.
Layer it into these Walnut Granola Parfaits.
Serve them in a bowl and serve with a dollop of Whipped Coconut Cream.
Enjoy the fried bananas on a slice of Baked Oatmeal.
Serve on ice cream, cheesecake or banana custard.
If you don’t want to use butter, feel free to use coconut oil or any neutral tasting oil such as avocado oil.
Honey or agave can be used as a substitute for maple syrup.
Cut your banana on a diagonal for long banana pieces to change up the shape.
You can also use ripe plantains in place of the bananas but the cooking time needs to be increased on each side until they are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
To Make Gluten Free: This recipe is naturally gluten free, but check your labels on any spices or seasonings to make sure there are no gluten-containing ingredients.
To Make It Vegan: To make this recipe vegan, make sure you are using a vegan butter or coconut oil.
Storing: Pan fried bananas are best when eaten immediately, but if you have any leftovers store them in an airtight container or bag in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop over medium low heat.
Freezing: The nature of cooked bananas do not hold up well in the freezer, so freezing is not recommended.
Are fried bananas healthy? Deep-fried bananas can be seen as unhealthy because they are cooked fully submerged in oil. In this recipe, you are shallow frying the bananas in butter and maple syrup so it’s not healthy, but super yummy!
What happens to a banana when it’s cooked? When cooked, bananas release their natural sugars which helps them caramelize and become sweeter and they get a lovely crispy exterior.
Can you use green bananas? Green bananas have not developed their natural sugars, therefore they aren’t best to use in this recipe. You don’t want over-ripe ones that are soggy either though.
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Pan Fried Bananas with maple and cinnamon are a tasty, simple topping for ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes and more! Ready in 5 minutes.
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Cuisine American, Western
Calories 133 kcal
Peel the bananas and cut them into slices, about ½ inch thick.
Heat the butter, syrup and cinnamon over medium heat in a frying pan until hot and bubbling.
Add the banana slices and cook for a few minutes until browned and golden, turn and cook on the other side.
Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 19mgPotassium: 432mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 139IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
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