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Bananas Foster Sauce

Dessert lovers of every kind will find this sweet bananas Foster sauce very "a-peeling"! It's an impressive ending to everyday meals. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 medium firm bananas, halved lengthwise and cut into thirds
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • Optional: Waffles, pancakes or vanilla ice cream


  • In a large skillet, melt butter. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in cream. Add bananas and extract. Serve warm, with waffles, pancakes or vanilla ice cream if desired.

Bananas Foster Sauce Tips

Can I make bananas Foster sauce ahead of time?

Unlike a more traditional bananas Foster recipe, you can make this sauce ahead of time! Just skip adding the fresh bananas until you're ready to serve.

What can you substitute for rum extract in bananas Foster sauce?

If you don't have any rum extract on hand, you can substitute it for the real thing! For this bananas Foster recipe, we recommending using a 1/2 teaspoon of dark rum. Got extra rum extract on hand? Put it to good use with these recipes that use rum extract.

What can I put bananas Foster sauce on?

Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 589 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 218mg sodium, 85g carbohydrate (74g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • JMartinelli13
    Mar 5, 2019

    it comes together quickly and easily. Traditionally, the dish is finished with rum and then ignited to burn off the alcohol. This recipe calls for extract, but you definitely can do it the other way if you chose. You can serve this over ice cream, but we had it over pancakes. I made the pancakes first and then kept them warm in the oven while I made the bananas.

  • tastesgood1
    Feb 25, 2015

    Made this for my husband and I instead of dinner since we'd had a large lunch much earlier. It was very good. I cut the recipe in half so had to guess a bit at measurement and used Redi-Whip rather than heavy whipping cream. Although we definitely enjoyed this I'd like to try the Classic recipe next using the liquors to better judge the difference. Definitely recommend for a special occasion and would be excellent for children since it uses the rum extract rather than the alcohol.

  • Amy the Midwife
    Mar 23, 2013

    I used fresh ground nutmeg, half & half in place of the whipping cream, used 1 tablespoon of dark rum in place of the extract, and added a little vanilla. I sliced the bananas instead and we served the bananas foster over Oat Pancakes. Delicious!

  • 10sChick
    May 6, 2011

    So fast, simple and easy. Just excellent.

  • elendil
    Apr 3, 2011

    Very Very good! We all had second helpings :)