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Honey Bananas – A Quick, Easy Dessert Recipe

I’d always thought I didn’t really like ripe bananas, but then I came to Hawaii and tried apple bananas. I’ve never seen them on the mainland, but they are amazing! Firmer than the standard Cavendish banana, even when fully ripe, they actually do have a faint green apple taste. I used apple bananas for this recipe because they’re my new favorite, but any type of banana will do. This recipe is designed for one large or two small bananas, but you can easily use more banana, if you’d like. Much more than that won’t fit in a regular skillet at the same time, though. You can eat them plain, on ice cream, as a waffle/pancake topper, or in any number of other delicious ways.

Glazed Honey Cinnamon Bananas

Ingredients for Quick Glazed Honey Cinnamon Bananas

  • 1 large or two small/medium bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of taste-neutral cooking oil, like vegetable oil, or 1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, or to taste

Quick Honey Banana Recipe

1. Slice your banana. Try to make fairly thin slices, about 1/8 of an inch thick, but the uniformity of your slices is more important than the exact thickness. You may want to toss (or eat) the two smallest end pieces because they will cook too quickly.

sliced banana

2. Mix the honey and vanilla together in a small bowl or cup.

honey vanilla

3. Place your skillet on medium heat and either coat with 1 teaspoon of oil or add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and allow it to heat until it melts, foams, and then the foaming begins to subside. If you can bring yourself to try it, I think cooking these with butter really adds to the flavor profile. If you’re cooking with oil, allow it to heat until it is shimmery.

4. Place the bananas in a single layer on the pre-heated skillet. Allow them to cook for about 2 minutes and turn one over. If it is nice and browned looking, the bananas are ready to flip. If it isn’t quite as tasty-looking as you’d like, allow them to continue cooking for 30-60 seconds before flipping them. I experimented with several different flipping tools and have found that a metal spatula or a simple fork work best.

I like bananas when they look about like this.

I like bananas when they look like this.

5. Allow the bananas to cook an additional 1-2 minutes, checking on them periodically. On this side, you’re looking for ‘not quite browned enough’ because the bananas will continue cooking in the sauce for an additional minute or two.

6. When the second side is ‘not quite ready,’ add the honey/vanilla mixture and stir gently to coat all the bananas. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow the liquid to bubble until it has thickened. This should take anywhere from 1-3 minutes. You can leave the sauce as runny as you’d like, or reduce it a great deal. The choice is yours.

This is how the mixture looks right after you add the honey.

This is how the mixture looks right after you add the honey.

This is how it looks after reducing the honey/vanilla mixture for a couple of minutes.

This is how it looks after reducing the honey/vanilla mixture for a couple of minutes.

7. Remove from heat, sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve.

Honey Cinnamon Bananas

These honey glazed bananas are amazingly delicious as-is, but as soon as I tasted my first bite, I realized rum would go really well with them. Adding a splash of dark rum to the honey/vanilla mixture would be really good! A squeeze of lemon juice instead of vanilla can change up the flavor a bit, too. Whether you choose to enjoy them as a separate dish or as a topping for something else, I think you’ll be impressed by how delicious and easy these bananas are!

What’s your favorite way to eat bananas? Have you had the opportunity to try ‘other’ banana varieties like fingerling bananas or apple bananas?



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  • Susan Zutautas June 17, 2013, 8:56 am

    Wow does this ever sound good. I’ve been wanting to try fried bananas for so long now but have never gotten around to it. I will now though … thanks!

    • natashalh June 17, 2013, 3:03 pm

      I seriously want to make these every day! I guess they really aren’t that ‘bad’ for you, especially for a dessert, so maybe I should! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

  • Jess June 17, 2013, 6:20 pm

    I’m not even that much of a banana fan, HOWEVER, this may change me!! LOL

    Thanks for joining the Link Up!

    • natashalh June 17, 2013, 8:12 pm

      I didn’t think I was, either! Thanks for stopping by!

  • These look delicious! I have a little guy who LOVES bananas and LOVES honey, so this will definitely be cooked up at our house soon! Thanks for sharing!
    Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays!

    • natashalh June 17, 2013, 8:12 pm

      Hooray! Honey is the best sweetener, especially high-quality local honey. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

  • BeeTreeStudios June 17, 2013, 11:06 pm

    Oh gosh! I need some dessert right now! Man those look yummy! I’m stopping by from Plucky’s =)

    • natashalh June 17, 2013, 11:08 pm

      I love these. They are so good! Thanks for stopping in. =)

  • Jeni June 18, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Yum! These look very good!

    • natashalh June 18, 2013, 2:07 pm

      You have no idea until you’ve tried them! Man, they are one of the most delicious things ever. Thanks for stopping in!

  • AnnMarie June 19, 2013, 8:38 pm

    These look fabulous! Pinning! Visiting from Marvelous Mondays and already following you via Bloglovin’!

    • natashalh June 19, 2013, 10:31 pm

      Thank you! I love them and hope you do, too.

  • Ritchil June 23, 2013, 4:44 pm

    This looks yummy, Natasha! Can’t wait to try it!


    • natashalh June 23, 2013, 5:48 pm

      Thanks! It’s so quick and easy, plus it’s pretty good for you, as far as desserts go.

  • AJ Scrapbooking & Cards June 24, 2013, 1:21 am

    Lots of yummy looking food. TFS & I’m coming from the Deezy Does It! Pimp-Out/Showcase

    • natashalh June 24, 2013, 1:32 am

      Thank you and thanks for stopping in!

  • Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such June 26, 2013, 11:27 am

    Ohmergurd! I am making this….tonight…..with Rum & whipped cream, so thanks!!
    Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

    • natashalh June 26, 2013, 2:56 pm

      Mmmm! I love whipped cream! I made these the other day with plantains and it was super delicious that way, too.

  • Naomi VanDoren October 31, 2013, 7:52 am

    Forgot to tell you that I’ve made these several times now. So delicious! Making them with brown sugar sometimes is fun as it caramelizes a bit in the pan.

    • natashalh October 31, 2013, 9:05 am

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them! Brown sugar is a great addition – I love the way it caramelizes, too. What are the bananas like in Japan? Do they have any cool, different varieties?

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