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Bananas Foster

Clara Cakes

Not only do you get to combine cinnamon-sweet bananas with rich ice cream, but you get to play with fire too!

Bananas Foster

prep time5Min


cooking time10Min


serving time3


  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 3 brown speckled bananas (peeled, halved lengthwise and crosswise)

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons banana liqueur

  • 2 tablespoons light rum

  • 1 pint non-dairy vanilla ice cream


  1. Into a large frying pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, salt and sugar. Cook until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Add the bananas and walnuts and continue to cook until lightly browned. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Flip over, and cook again until lightly browned. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon again.

  3. Add the liqueur and rum to the pan. Using a long-reach lighter, carefully light the sauce, and spoon the flaming sauce over the bananas until flame is extinguished. Serve with ice cream.

Bananas Foster




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- Hey guys, I'm gonna show you how to make Bananas Foster today. And not only do you get to light it on fire, but you get to use olive oil instead of butter. Let me show you how to make it. To start making this fancy Bananas Foster I'm gonna melt olive oil, brown sugar, on medium. Then you wanna stir this around so that the brown sugar mixes in with the olive oil really nicely. And I used olive oil in place of the butter because I think that the olive oil has a really nice flavor to it, and it makes the banana even more custardy rather than more greasy. I'm gonna let it heat up and melt a bit more, and then I'm gonna slice my bananas. So I like to use just brown enough bananas. 'Cause you don't wanna use bananas that are still green. 'cause they're just not as sweet at all. So I'm gonna half these and then cut them lengthwise. Just like that. Perfect. So if the sugar is still looking a little dry, go ahead and add more olive oil, 'cause you do want this to be nice and melted. That way when you cook the banana, it's really creamy. So I'm gonna let this cook on it's own 'til the brown sugar melts down. And you'll know when it's done because the granules from the sugar will have kind of dissolved into the olive oil. And I'm gonna add in a pinch of salt. Now it's looking pretty caramely. So this looks nice and melted. Now I'm gonna add in the bananas. Ooh, do you hear that? Sizzling! I love it! It's just like instant banana custard. And now I'm gonna top it off with some nutmeg. Bananas Foster doesn't call for nutmeg, but I love it with olive oil. And I'm Italian and I love to add a little Italian twist to desserts when I can. And now I'm gonna top off some cinnamon. And I'm gonna let this cook for about three minutes, or until you could kinda tell that the bottom of the banana slices are nice and brown. Smells so good. Alright. You could tell the edges are starting to get pretty brown, so I think that it's time to flip the bananas. Now I'm gonna sprinkle this with some more of the cinnamon. I would go ahead and use the rest of the spices that you have. Now let these cook for about two more minutes and then we'll get to the exciting part which is adding the banana liqueur, and the rum. Alright, so now I'm gonna remove this from the heat. I'm gonna add in the banana liqueur, and then I'm gonna add in the rum. Alright, so you turn it on. And then you let the sauce kind of extinguish it. Ha, this Bananas Foster is pure fire. There we go! Looks delicious! So now I'm gonna go grab some vanilla ice cream and scoop the Bananas Foster right on top. Alright, so I have my vanilla ice cream. Very excited to top it off with this Bananas Foster. Just gonna do some big scoops. And take this ice cream scooper and top off my ice cream with the Bananas Foster. Yum, look at that! I love using olive oil instead of butter. Feel like it's just so much more flavorful and light, not as greasy. Yum! And now it's time to take a bite of this delicious, easy dessert. Mm! It's truly lit. That's delicious.