coconut-rum sautéed bananas

When bananas are cooked they caramelize, quickly turning from a practical fruit to an incredible dessert-worthy confection. Dipping them in a coconut-rum batter before sautéing adds extra texture and interest. These can be served for desert over coconut sorbet and drizzled with a caramel-rum sauce, or for breakfast over pancakes with syrup. If short on time or ingredients, the batter can be skipped entirely and the sliced bananas just thrown on the griddle and sautéed until browned and caramelized.

Makes about 4 small servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

2-3 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons flour (any kind works)
2-3 tablespoons coconut milk
1 tablespoon rum
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
a dash each of nutmeg and allspice
1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Whisk together all ingredients besides the banana and coconut. Mix in the coconut and transfer to a long, shallow bowl. Slice the bananas lengthwise into about 3 pieces and coat in the batter. Sauté on medium heat on an oiled griddle for about 5 minutes on each side, or until browned and slightly soft.


  1. Great bananas!

  2. hey hannah!
    it's amey here! Are you back from your summer travels? I don't know if you're interested, but I am hosting a vegan potluck at our house on the 18th at 1 pm. If you're interested, just let me know! (either leave a comment on my blog, or your dad has our phone number). Hope you are well. Your blog is pretty awesome!

  3. hey hannah! it would be great to see you! The theme of the potluck is "rainbow potluck," where everyone is bringing a dish from a different color of the rainbow. There are still a few needs like a savory green dish, or a yellow or orange sweetie dish. Or a blue sweetie (??!!). Any of those strike your fancy?? the party is sunday at 1, or thereafter. Hope you are doing well!!

  4. Hanna!
    This time I figured out that you don't have another "h" on the end of your name. Sorry I messed it up before. Do a yellow sweetie, the cornmeal muffins sound great, and I already thought up a green savory. What fun!! Can't wait to see you.
    :) amey

  5. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाFebruary 18, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    These look great :)