Since the weather still hasn’t improved any, I was recently in search of a dessert recipe that would feel summery, but still have a bit of cold-weather warmth to it. I also wanted a dessert recipe that was easy, and wouldn’t require a whole lot of effort – as I was planning on cooking a full meal, including an appetizer. After doing a quick search through my cookbooks, I saw the directions for fried bananas – and it dawned on me. Creamy Vanilla Fried Bananas! This dessert may not be the prettiest thing you’ve ever eaten, but I promise it is a tasty treat that satisfies both a craving for something fancy-feeling, and something that is delicious. Here we go!
- Bananas – about half per serving
- Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt – a few scoops per serving
- Butter for frying
- Vanilla Baileys liqueur (or your favourite creamy liqueur) – optional
- Nilla Wafers for serving (a few per serving) – optional (not pictured)
- Cut bananas into circles, about an inch thick.
- In a non-stick frying pan, heat a small amount of butter until hot – make sure you keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
- Fry banana pieces until light brown. Try not to flip too often as they soften up fairly quickly and can get mushy.
- While bananas are cooking, scoop ice cream into serving bowls. I usually put two scoops per serving.
- Spoon hot banana slices over ice cream.
- Drizzle Vanilla Baileys over bananas and ice cream. I fill the Bailey’s lid and use that amount per serving. This step is optional, but adds a nice touch to the dish.
- Serve! This dish looks pretty with some Nilla Wafers stuck on top as well!
Alternate ideas: You may also want to sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the banana slices before serving, alternate the liqueur you drizzle on top (Rum Chata would be yummy too!), or change up the type of ice cream the fruit is served upon. The possibilities are endless!
I love this dish because it is quick to throw together, and you may already have the ingredients in the house. The warm banana has a more intense flavour then it normally has on its own, and the vanilla liqueur adds an indulgent touch that makes the dessert worthy of a dinner party, or a simple backyard BBQ.
As always, let me know if you try this recipe out – or if you put your own spin on it! I love to hear what you are doing with my blog posts. Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and hopefully this East Coast weather improves sometime soon! 🙂