10-Minute Sticky Sweet Caramelized Bananas (Vegan)

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Sticky and sweet caramelized bananas. A easy 4-ingredient recipe made with bananas, coconut sugar, coconut oil and cinnamon. Pan-fried on the stove top and ready in 15 minutes! These healthy caramelized bananas are so sweet and euphoric. Serve overtop of yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal or your favourite sweet treat.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
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Mar 7, 2024 by Hannah Sunderani

10-Minute Sticky Sweet Caramelized Bananas (Vegan)

Looking for the perfect topping for your sweet breakfast or favourite dessert? Try these Pan-Fried Caramelized Bananas! They’re sweet, sticky and gooey – a texture that’s completely euphoric! 

Image of caramelized bananas and coconut yogurt in a brown bowl on a light brown backdrop. There is a cup of coffee in the background as well as another bowl of caramelized bananas and coconut yogurt in the top right hand corner.
Hannah’s hot take

Why You’ll Love My Recipe

My caramelized bananas are quick to make, pan-fried in coconut sugar and coconut oil until lightly crispy on the outside, creamy in the centre, and beautifully golden in colour. Different from other recipes on the Internet, these stove top caramelized bananas are naturally vegan friendly using whole food ingredients and suitable for virtually all diets. They’re also ready to eat in 10 minutes – perfect for busy moms!

Sliced bananas are one of my favourite toppings to add to virtually anyΒ breakfast. They’re the perfect, sweet topping forΒ pancakes,Β waffles,Β french toast,Β toast,Β oatmeal, acai bowls, and more. But when I’m craving something a bit more gourmet and restaurant-worthy, these caramelized bananas are my go-to addition!

Trust me when I say no one will be upset that you made pan-fried bananas as a breakfast or dessert topping, picky kids especially!

Hannah xx

These Caramelized Bananas are….

  • Naturally vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Decadent
  • Crispy and caramelized
  • Easy to make
  • Delicious topping for breakfast or an easy dessert
  • Made with minimal ingredients
  • The best way to use up fresh bananas!
All of the ingredients required to make these caramelized bananas separated into individual bowls.

Ingredient Notes

Homemade caramelized bananas requires just 4 ingredients: 

  • Bananas – Unlike when making baked recipes like Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread or Fluffy Vegan Banana Pancakes where overripe bananas are best, you want to use more yellow bananas in this recipe. If the bananas are too soft and bruised, they have a higher chance of falling apart in the skillet and will be too mushy. 
  • Coconut oil – My favourite frying oil is coconut oil. If you don’t love the flavour of coconut, use odorless, refined coconut oil. Alternatively, you can use another cooking oil with a high smoke point such as vegetable oil or vegan butter.
  • Coconut sugar – In addition to being refined sugar-free, coconut sugar caramelizes the bananas really well and develops a deep golden brown color. It also compliments the hint of coconut in the coconut oil for the perfect flavour combination. If preferred or needed, brown sugar also works well. 
  • Cinnamon – A small pinch of ground cinnamon adds an additional warm aroma and is the perfect finishing touch!
Image of golden brown caramelized bananas in a grey skillet.

How to Make Caramelized Bananas

These sweet banana slices are ready to eat in just about 10 minutes, so don’t be afraid to quickly whip them up to top your favourite bowl of oats on a weekday morning!

Image of bananas on a plate. The bananas have been halved and sliced and are sitting on the plate cut side up. The plate is sitting on a grey backdrop.

​Begin by melting the coconut oil in a small saucepan. I usually set my saucepan over medium heat, but if your stovetop runs on the hotter side, you may want to start on medium low to prevent burning. 

Once the coconut oil is melted and warm, sprinkle in the coconut sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix to combine. Then, add in the sliced bananas, flat side down, to the skillet clustering them into the saucepan. 

Cook the bananas until the flat side of the bananas has browned, caramelized, and softened, about 3 minutes. Then flip and cook the other side until golden brown and caramelized, about another 3 minutes. Keep a close watch during this cooking process to make sure the bananas aren’t browning too quickly. 

Remove the bananas from the heat and serve immediately while warm, as desired. 

Close up of the caramelized bananas in a skillet. The skillet is on a grey backdrop.

Ways to Use Caramelized Bananas

The best part about these gourmet bananas is they are delicious for both breakfast and dessert! Here are a few of my family’s favourite ways to enjoy them. Serve as a topping on any of the following:

Image of a bowl of coconut yogurt with caramelized bananas on top. The bowl is sitting on a grey backdrop and there is another bowl of coconut yogurt with caramelized bananas in the back right hand corner. There is also a cup of tea in the top right hand corner.

Breakfast Ideas

Desserts and Sweets

  • Rice Porridge
  • A scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or maple walnut nice cream
  • Turn it into a decadent ice cream banana split with coconut whipped cream and a drizzle of vegan caramel sauce
Close up image of a bowl of coconut yogurt with caramelized bananas on top. There is a silver spoon digging into the bowl. The bowl is sitting on a grey backdrop.

Can caramelized bananas be reheated?

As with most pan-fried foods, these golden bananas are best served fresh. If you have leftovers, they can be quickly reheated in a hot skillet until warmed through again. They won’t taste as fresh, but they will still be delicious! 

How long will leftovers keep?

Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. 

More Recipes Using Bananas You Might Like:

Top down image of a bowl of coconut yogurt with caramelized bananas on top. There is another bowl of the same in the top right hand corner. The bowl is sitting on a pink hand towel. The bowls are sitting on a grey backdrop.

I hope you love these sweet and gooey bananas as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons App for more wholesome vegan recipes like this! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. 

And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations. 

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10-Minute Sticky Sweet Caramelized Bananas (Vegan)

5 from 1 vote
Sticky and sweet caramelized bananas. A easy 4-ingredient recipe made with bananas, coconut sugar, coconut oil and cinnamon. Pan-fried on the stove top and ready in 15 minutes! These healthy caramelized bananas are so sweet and euphoric. Serve overtop of yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal or your favourite sweet treat.
Image of golden brown caramelized bananas in a grey skillet.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas (cut in half and sliced lengthwise)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan on medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Sprinkle in the coconut sugar and a pinch of cinnamon and mix together. Add the sliced bananas, flat side down, to the skillet clustering them into the saucepan.
  • Cook the bananas until the bottom has browned, caramelized, and softened, about 3 minutes. Then flip and cook the other side until browned and caramelized, another 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve the caramelized bananas on top of your favourite oatmeal, porridges, pancakes, waffles and crepes, ice cream or yogurt!

Approvals

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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