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Bananas Foster Sundaes Recipe

Bananas Foster Sundaes Recipe

I have wonderful memories of eating Bananas Foster in New Orleans, and as a dietitian, wanted to find a healthier version. I combined the best of two recipes and added my own tweaks to create this Southern treat. —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 cups reduced-fat vanilla ice cream


  • 1. In an 8- or 9-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in brown sugar, orange juice, cinnamon and nutmeg until blended. Add bananas and pecans; cook until bananas are glazed and slightly softened, 2-3 minutes, stirring gently.
  • 2. Remove from heat; stir in extract. Serve with ice cream. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

1 sundae: 233 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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randcbruns User ID: 828588 259088
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"This was a great recipe. It tasted just like a real bananas foster. So simple and easy."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 230832
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"This was delicious. My friends and family love this recipe and its very easy to make. I did triple the sauce recipe and added an extra banana. It served 5 of us. We each had a large bowl ( about 4 scoops of icecream each using a regular kitchen size icecream scooper not the large scoops you'd get in an icecream shop)."

[email protected] User ID: 2846950 111112
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"My sister-in-law loves Bananas Foster, so we brought it to dinner at a friend's home when she was also there. It turned out wonderful just as it is. We will certainly be enjoying it again. Thank you"

sedonacpa User ID: 1218594 163786
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"This is an awesome recipe! It tastes like something you'd eat at a 5-star restaurant!"

skowalik157 User ID: 5833140 182205
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"Such a different taste, try real rum, then light on fire to burn off alcohol. YUM !"

pineyguy User ID: 78714 142987
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"Wonderful, delicious, quick and easy. I used sugar free ice cream and brown sugar blend. Will definately be making this one for company as well as for the two of us."

kfschaefer User ID: 2636420 97498
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"This was awesome really satisfies the sweet tooth w/o the calories."

GeorgeAnne User ID: 2833557 95137
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"My husband was wild for this dessert! I have always loved Bananas Foster; this had a little too much nutmeg for my own personal taste.

I will just cut it back next time. Yummy!"

kkcornett User ID: 971134 182203
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"My family loved this."

chartma530 User ID: 2762460 110502
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"I had some extra bananas so decided to try this recipe. I followed the recipe except I eliminated the rum extract. It was very good! My husband and 12 year old son have requested this one again. quick and easy to prepare with ingredients I had on hand."

DeeDeeP User ID: 1774190 177949
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"My husband and I both loved this recipe!! I will make it again and again I'm sure. I left out the rum and forgot to toast the pecans. It was still heavenly!"

pbrow68 User ID: 3938855 118878
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"I substituted 1 tsp. of rum for the rum extract because I didn't have it in the house.

We also used light ice cream so I hope I compensated for the extra calories."

Mommados User ID: 5622305 178071
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"YUM! This was so easy, different, and delicious. I used Smart Balance butter in place of real butter and it worked just as well."

jackiehorst User ID: 3177151 165618
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009

"The picture seemed to show more sauce on the ice cream than the recipe made for six servings. I might double the sauce and leave the bananas the same next time. I used Meyer's Dark Rum because I didn't have any Rum Extract on hand."

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