These Roasted Bananas are sweet, luscious, and deliciously sticky. Only two ingredients with a vegan option. Perfect to eat as a snack in the afternoon or with some yogurt in the morning. Made two different ways, you get to choose if you like your bananas soft and creamy, or leathery and chewy.
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This recipe is Roasted Bananas, not Caramelized Bananas. I am utilizing natural sugars, just a bit of butter (regular or vegan) and heat to create a sweet, yet healthy, dessert.
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Two ways to make Roasted Bananas
- One way to make roasted bananas is to roast them for 20 minutes which would result in luxuriously soft and sweet dessert that you’d want to eat with a spoon while sipping Champagne.
- The other way is to roast the fruit for about 55 minutes, which would make much chewer bananas with thicker leathery skin, since it’s almost like making dried fruit.
I love both options and choose one based on my mood. If I’m making something for a quick dinner dessert, then I roast them for only 20 minutes.
If I’m baking in the morning, then I usually decide on a longer roasting time, this way I can just pick up a deliciously sticky piece of fruit with a fork and munch on it while watching tv or reading.
How to make Vegan Roasted Bananas
You can also make these Roasted Bananas vegan by using vegan butter or margarine. I actually love using soy butter that I get at an Eastern-European grocery store.
TIP: use coconut oil for a tropical flavour.
If you like bananas, try my other banana recipes, like Caramelized Bananas, Vegan Banana Cake, Giant Double Banana Pancakes.
- 2 large bananas
- 1 tablespoon butter (or vegan butter or coconut oil)
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Spray the baking pan with oil.
- Cut the bananas in half and then slice each half lengthwise to end up with four quarters.
- Place the bananas in the pan and add little knobs of butter on top of the bananas.
- Roast for 20 min until the bananas are soft and lusciously creamy.
- Roast for 55 minutes until the bananas are deliciously sweet, sticky, and chewy.
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Samantha J Carlisi says
I have to say I always ignore the stories but yours was worth the read and would love to see pics hahaha. My favorite bananas are Brazilian and i wonder if these are similar. I slice a banana in half length wise sprinkle sugar and cinnamon and fry in butter. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your story!
Whitney Bailey-Edmondson says
Thanks for the recipe. Would coconut oil work as an alternative to the butter?
Yum!!! I can’t wait to make this. A friends of mine used to make pan fried bananas (flambéed wirth dark rum) which was sinfully good — but this sounds more my speed! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Oh, flambeed with rum sounds scrumptious!! Super yummy I’m sure!
Madiha Nawaz says
Interesting post and a lovely and simple recipe 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you very much!
Mireille Roc says
so sorry about your experience – Costa Rica was one of the best vacations I have ever taken – but these look scrumptious for a pretty natural and healthy dessert
Thank you! There were parts of the trip that were excellent and I still remember them fondly!
I haven’t roasted bananas like this before. I have wrapped them in tinfoil, stuffed them and cooked them over a campfire, which are delicious, so I know I will love these! Beautiful photos!
Your way of cooking bananas in foil sounds really good!!
Nataliya Friend (Not From A Packet Mix) says
I’m so sorry that part of your honeymoon wasn’t as expected. I agree with you, if I’d gone in knowing I was in for the rustic experience, I would be okay with it – I hate it when something doesn’t live up to its hype. But at least you have some funny memories and in-jokes to take home, as well as inspiration for these delicious looking bananas.
I write about it and talk about it with some humour, but to be honest, deep down I am still upset about it… four years later. But yes, at least I have some funny memories and new flavours!
Wow I’ve never thought to roast bananas like this before. You’ve made bananas look so beautiful with your pictures. And I’m sorry about your honeymoon. I’m sure that sucked big time, but hopefully your other trip was much better!
Thank you about the photos 🙂 I really appreciate it. And yes, our other trips were all great!
Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe says
I absolutely love cooked bananas (and plantains too!) I can’t wait to try your recipe!
I too also adore both cooked plantains and bananas. I hope you like this recipe!
Agata @ BarkTime says
I’ve never tried roasted bananas before but I do like the idea of it.
Try it – it’s easy and super yummy!
Ramya Menon| War and Cheese says
This s gorgeous! we make this in a ghee roasted version.Lovely!
Oh, ghee will definitely make it taste delicious!
Becky Winkler says
These look delicious! I’m confused about the roasting time, though–can it vary from half an hour to an hour and a half??
Thanks. Half an hour will make really soft bananas, perfect on its own or with pancakes or ice cream. And hour and a half will dry them and make them almost into dried bananas with a soft centre. More of a snack that you can eat with your hands. So, basically, it depends on what you want.
Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds says
My brother had a similar experience with a place in Venice on his belated honeymoon but didn’t have blessing of the impossible bananas 🙁 Every cloud has a silver lining and at least you learned something new.
Your bananas look delicious and I would love them with some pancakes for breakfast or perhaps with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce for dessert 🙂
Oh, too bad about your brother’s honeymoon and especially in such a romantic place as Venice.
Yes, these bananas are delicious on their own or with pancakes or waffles
Cassandrea @chewsandbrews.ca says
Cool! I love the idea of this recipe and will try it out! Interesting about the "gourmet cook" experience on your honeymoon! Sounds like you were able to still make a positive experience out of it with your recipe of these roasted bananas!!
I still can’t get over that "villa" and the "gourmet cook" even four years later, but I do try to make some fun of the situation 🙂
Silvia Ribas says
Hmm.. what a yummy dessert! I used to eat this all the time growing up in Brazil and nowadays here is the US I don’t think of making it as much but I do love it when I make it. Another quick(er) way is by frying the bananas using butter as well, it takes less then ten minutes and honestly, it tastes fantastic with coffee in the morning. Your recipe has inspired me to roast some bananas, so beautiful job!!
Oh, I love fried plantains with butter! So delicious and fast! But this recipe I tried to make healthier after over-indulging during my vacation and reduced butter.
Lokness @ The Missing Lokness says
Sorry about your experience during your honeymoon. Glad you are able to discover these "Impossible Bananas". My mom-in-law is from El Salvador. She makes a lot of fried plantains, which I love! I am sure these bananas taste a lot like that, but easier to make. Will try them soon!
I love plantains. I only discovered them in Costa Rica for the first time, but I’ve been buying them here too. They are delicious!