Easy Bananas Foster Recipe Using Plantains

Bananas Foster is a decadent dessert made from cooking bananas with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and a bit of rum. It is served with vanilla ice cream. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Filipino
Keyword bananas foster, plantain dessert, easy filipino cooking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Maria


  • 4 pcs ripe plantain bananas - note 1
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter or coconut oil - note 2
  • 1/4 cup dark rum - note 3
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur or butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 gallon plain vanilla ice cream


  1. Peel the bananas and cut them in half lengthwise and then half crosswise.
  2. Put the butter or coconut oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a pan over medium high heat.
  3. Stir to dissolve the brown sugar
  4. When it begins to bubble, add bananas in a single layer
  5. Cook for about 1-2 minutes and flip over. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Make sure the bananas are tender. Remove from heat.
  6. Combine the rum and vanilla extract in a small bowl and pour into the pan.
  7. Light the alcohol on top using a long match or long lighter and watch the alcohol burn.
  8. Spoon some bananas into a bowl, top with two scoops vanilla ice cream and some syrup.
  9. Consume immediately.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: If plantains are not ripe, store them inside a brown paper bag for a few days in the pantry. if plantains are not available, use regular bananas but remember that it cooks more quickly than plantain Note 2: if coconut oil is not available, you can use butter. Note 3: Use alcohol that is at least 40% alcohol by volume. I used less and it barely ignited for me