These pan fried cinnamon bananas are soooooo good! They only take a few minutes to make and they transform boring old bananas into a drool-worthy snack or dessert. I eat my pan fried bananas all on their own, but they would taste amazing (seriously AMAZING) served over ice cream. Or you could eat them with yogurt. Or even on french toast or pancakes. They’re caramelized on the outside with a soft and sweet inside and make a great dessert topping. Yum!
My family goes bananas for bananas. (Sorry, I had to do it…). It shocks me how many bananas we go through in our house. Bananas might be one of the most boring foods out there… in my opinion anyway. But they are one of those foods that everyone will eat. Not everyone necessarily loves them, but pretty much everyone in our house will eat a banana without complaining.
I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m not the biggest banana fan, or at least not the biggest raw banana fan. Sure, I’ll eat them cut up in my bowl of Cheerios, or along with a spoonful of peanut butter when I need to curb my appetite. But I don’t usually look at the bananas sitting in our fruit bowl on the counter and think to myself, “Mmmmm… bananas”. (But that’s probably because I’m already heading towards the cookies… I really need to work on that…)
I think I need to change the way I think about bananas, because do you know what I DO love? Cooked bananas. Man oh man, I’m not sure what happens to bananas when they get heated up, but WOW, they start to taste sooooo good! Once they hit the frying pan they go from a “Meh” fruit to an “Ohhhhhh, yes!” dessert. They get super sweet, and almost tangy. From boring to amazing in just a few minutes!
Stay with me for a second… I was supposed to make homemade laundry detergent for the blog today. I have all the supplies ready to go, but I chickened out. I was looking at the directions for the detergent, and I was feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of starting a project that was going to take 4 to 6 hours to finish. It’s been one of those days where I’ve been sitting in my office chair, staring at my laptop, waiting for something more exciting to happen, CONVINCED that if I stare at the screen for just another 5 minutes, something amazing is going to happen (so far, it still hasn’t happened, but I’ll keep waiting…).
I just wasn’t feeling the vibe for a difficult project today. So I can assure you that these pan fried bananas are quick and EASY! They totally satisfied my laziness for the day! And on top of being easy, they reminded me of the pan fried bananas my mom used to make when I was growing up. So good! So the treat was worth it!
Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:
- Honey (I used raw honey, but regular honey works just as well)
The bananas I used were JUST ripe. You can see in the photo below that they are just starting to get very faint brown spots on them. Under ripe bananas would work well in this recipe too, but I wouldn’t recommend using overripe bananas. The bananas get softer when you cook them, so over ripe bananas would get really mushy.
Add the honey, butter and cinnamon to a frying pan.
Then heat them up until they are completely combined.
Add the bananas and cook over medium-high heat until they’re browned. You might have to adjust the temperature and cooking time a bit as you go. You don’t want them to burn, so make sure you keep a close eye on them as they cook.
After about 4 or 5 minutes of cooking, flip them over and continue to cook the other side. Make sure you move them around the pan so they soak up some of that yummy cinnamon sauce.
These are definitely best when they’re served hot. I sprinkled them with some sugar and ate them straight off the plate.
They would taste amazing on vanilla ice cream. I don’t have any ice cream in the freezer right now, but just writing this post and looking at all the photos is making me crave vanilla ice cream with pan fried cinnamon bananas on top. I’ll have to go out and buy some when I pick up the kids from school and daycare. I’m pretty sure no one will complain about stopping for ice cream!
I find the cinnamon adds a great depth to the flavour, but if that’s not your thing, you can definitely leave it out. The sweet bananas taste amazing on their own without any spices. My mom actually used to fry up bananas in concentrated orange juice (like a few spoonfuls of the frozen stuff, straight from the can), and they were sooooooo good!
- 2 Bananas, cut into ½" pieces
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 Tablespoons raw honey (or regular honey)
- Combine the cinnamon, butter and honey in a frying pan over medium-high heat until melted and combined.
- Add the banana slices and cook for 4 minutes until the bottoms start to caramelize and turn golden brown. Adjust the temperature and cooking time as needed so that they don't burn.
- Flip all the banana pieces and cook for another 4 minutes until the other side is golden brown.
- Serve immediately over ice cream, yogurt, pancakes or french toast.
These pan fried cinnamon bananas are so easy to make and taste SO GOOD! They’re amazing (seriously AMAZING) on ice cream or pancakes, or just as a snack. Soft and sweet on the inside and caramelized on the outside. Mmmm…