Carmelized Bananas with Chocolate Drizzle

Carmelized Bananas with Chocolate Drizzle

  • Makes: 3 Servings
  • Ready In: 20 mins
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5-7 mins

Whole fruit plus some heat intensifies the sweetness enough to call this fruit dish dessert. This recipe uses the cooking technique “reduction”. It’s great fun for kids to watch what bananas do under the broiler and with a few flavors added, it rocks.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 331
  • Fat: 8g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Carbohydrates: 61g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 41g


  1. 2 tablespoons butter
    2 tablespoons sucanat
    2 tablespoons mirin or rum
    1½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    2 bananas

    chocolate drizzle:
    1 tablespoon warm water
    3 teaspoons organic cocoa powder
    3-5 tablespoons sucanat
    2 teaspoons arrowroot dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
    1 teaspoon vanilla


    1. Preheat broiler.
    2. Peel bananas and cut lengthwise.
    3. Heat butter, sucanat, mirin, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and nutmeg in a small saucepan until melted. Stir to blend.
    4. Place banana halves in a lightly oiled baking dish, cut side down.
    5. Pour glaze over bananas and broil until sugar bubbles and bananas are lightly browned (about 3-5 minutes). Watch carefully. Don’t let the bananas get mushy.
    6. Pour water, cocoa, and sucanat into a small saucepan; whisk over medium to high heat until dissolved.
    7. Add arrowroot slurry and whisk until mixture thickens. If it is not thickening, the heat is not high enough.
    8. Remove from heat, add remaining 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, stir, and drizzle over bananas.
    9. Serve immediately! The hot bananas don’t hold for long.

Cynthia Lair

Cynthia is an Assistant Professor and Culinary Curriculum Director at Bastyr University. She is also the host of the online cooking show Cookus Interruptus featuring over 170 recipes and the author of Feeding the Whole Family and the new Feeding the Young Athlete. Watch her TEDx talk How to Cut an Onion!

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