Vegan Bananas Foster


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Recently, I decided to make Vegan Bananas Foster.

My recipe is based on the classic Brennan’s Restaurant of New Orleans Bananas Foster recipe that my dad used to make for me as a kid.

Vegan Banana Foster with melted caramel and bananas in skillet


Bananas Foster (vegan, GF)

serves 4, generously

1 c brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, coconut oil, or Earth Balance

2 Tbsp Pumpkin Butter, optional

2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp Water

1 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 cup banana liqueur

2 to 3 ripe, but not over-ripe, bananas – halved and sliced lengthwise

1/4 cup dark rum

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Combine butter, pumpkin butter, maple, water, cinnamon in a large skillet and cook over low to medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan. When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum and use caution when doing so! When the flames subside, remove the bananas from the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately. Leftover sauce may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (I doubled the sauce recipe in the photos below)


A step-by-step guide:

Pumpkin butter, butter, water, cinnamon, maple syrup and brown sugar in skillet

Low heat to melt

Spoon stirring Vegan Banana Foster ingredients in pan while melting

I think the Banana Liqueur is just above Listerine in terms of hangover potential.  But in a recipe like this, priceless.

Bottles of Meyer's Rum and Banana Schnapps on countertop

So go ahead and add 1/4 c Banana Liquor.

Spoonful of banana schnapps

Add 2 diced & sliced bananas. The Brenan’s recipe calls for 4, but honestly…

Sliced bananas in pan with melted brown sugar mixture

…I didn’t really make this recipe to eat bananas.  I made it for the juice!  That juice, in there.

Vegan Banana Foster recipe in clear container

Allow the bananas to cook & soften for a couple mins while drowning them in the lovely alcoholic sugar brine.

Bananas cooking in the melted brown sugar sauce

Then, add 1/4 c dark rum.  I maybe added more like 1/3 c.

Bottles of Meyer's Rum and Banana Schnapps

Cook another couple mins.  Or don’t.

Bubbling Banana Foster Mixture in pan

Just grab your matches and Light Up.

Hand holding a box of matches

Sorry I didn’t get a pic while the pan was lit up like KMart with the Blue Light Special Flame going on cuz I didn’t wanna burn my kitchen down so I was more concerned about the cooking than the camera.  You understand.

The final de-flamed result?  Uh-huh baby!!!!!

You could pour this hot goodness over banana vanilla softserve.

 Blended up Banana Softserve in blender

Or, I poured it into a container to eat later after it’s chilled in the fridge.

Vegan Bananas Foster in clear container

Or you could eat most of it at once, and catch a buzz.

Closeup of Vegan Bananas Foster in container
Have you ever tried bananas foster?



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Please note: I have only made the recipe as written, and cannot give advice or predict what will happen if you change something. If you have a question regarding changing, altering, or making substitutions to the recipe, please check out the FAQ page for more info.