Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas is a quick and easy recipe to cook bananas, perfect for a special breakfast or an afternoon snack. How do you pan fry a banana? Use 3 ingredients, grab a skillet, and it's ready in 10 minutes.
This recipe was inspired by the age-old problem, how to use up overripe bananas. And now this is one of my favorite things to make with bananas.
No matter how hard I try to buy the right number of bananas for my family, I can never seem to get it right. If one week I don’t have enough, I try to buy a few more the next week, but then it seems I have too many!
Luckily there are lots of yummy things you can do with overripe bananas. Banana bread is really the first thing that comes to mind, but sometimes that is a little more trouble than I have the energy or time to tackle.
This recipe is so quick and easy, and it is perfect for a special breakfast or even an afternoon snack!
Another great recipe for overripe bananas is my Banana Pudding Cheesecake Bars.
Bananas are important to my family. All the potassium in it is so good for heart and muscles. It also has so many natural vitamins and nutrients that are so good for everyone. I find myself sneaking in bananas in pancakes or smoothies, because they are so tasty and versatile!
- bananas - slightly overripe. If there are big brown patches on your bananas, they are too ripe and will just become mushy.
- sugar - you can also use a sugar substitute like granulated Splenda
- cinnamon - tastes great and contains antioxidents, too!
- nutmeg - optional
- Slice the bananas into rounds
- Combine the cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg in a small bowl and set aside.
- Spray a skillet with nonstick spray, heat over medium, then add the banana rounds.
- Sprinkle about ½ of the cinnamon mixture, then cook for 2-3 minutes until the rounds start to warm.
- Flip the rounds, sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon mixture, then cook for another 2 minutes or so until the bananas are warmed through.
This recipe can always be used as a quick and easy method for caramelized bananas. If that's more what you are going for, add a little butter into the pan while it is heating and let it melt before you add in the banana rounds.
TIPS FOR MAKING PAN FRIED CINNAMON BANANAS
- Use bananas that are slightly overripe. It's OK if there are a bunch of small brown spots, but if the surface of the bananas are mostly brown spots or big brown patches, they are too far gone and will just turn out mushy.
- When cooking a banana, do not overcook. If they start to get too soft, they are done. This might happen quickly if your heat is a little too high so pay attention to them as they cook.
- Use good quality nonstick oil spray, or skip the spray and use a good non-stick pan. Poor quality oil could affect the taste of your banana rounds.
- Sugar works best but you can also use granulated Splenda (or equivalent) if you prefer.
Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
Serve with cherry yogurt and some V8 Fusion juice for a nice breakfast that energizes the kids and gives them a great start to the day!
If you love this recipe, please give it 5 stars!
Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
- Slice the bananas into rounds, approximately ⅓ inch thick.2 bananas
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg (if desired). Set aside.2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Lightly spray a large skillet with nonstick oil spray and warm over medium-low heat and add the banana slices.
- Sprinkle ½ of the cinnamon mixture on top. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
- Flip the rounds, then sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon mixture. Cook for 2-3 more minutes until the bananas are soft and warmed through.
- Slightly overripe bananas work best. If your bananas are too overripe, they will still taste good but they may be mushy.
- If they start to get too soft, they are done. Be careful to not overcook them!
- The quality of the oil can affect how the banana rounds taste, so make sure your oil is fresh and a good quality brand. Coconut oil is a good choice.
- If you don't have oil or prefer not to use it, you can substitute butter for the oil.
- You can substitute granulated Splenda (or equivalent), however white sugar works best.
- You can also substitute brown sugar or honey.
- Note that this is not a actually a substitute recipe for the fried bananas that are cooked by immersing them in oil in a fryer. These are just a tasty way to do something a little different with your bananas by cooking them in a pan or skillet.
- Serve plain, sprinkle with powdered sugar, spoon them over vanilla ice cream, or drizzle them with chocolate syrup!
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.