Bourbon Bananas Foster Recipe

As Simple As It Is Sinful

Bourbon Bananas Foster Recipe

For anyone who feels challenged in the kitchenespecially on Valentine's DayChef Nisa Burnsof and author of the new book Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Foodshares a sweet, spiked dessert recipe that is as simple as it is sinful.

Easy Bananas Foster, made with bourbon rather than rum!


  • juice from 2 limes
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 scoops vanilla-bean ice cream

  Pour the bourbon and fresh lime juice in a bowl. Slice the bananas into 1/2-inch rounds and place them in the bowl of bourbon and lime juice. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let marinate in fridge for about 30 minutes.

  While the bananas are marinating, mix the cinnamon, sugar, flour, and water in a separate bowl. You want the consistency of the batter to be very similar to pancake batter. If it is lumpy, add a little more water and mix until smooth.

  Pour the vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat over medium to high heat. When the oil starts to form bubbles, it’s ready for cooking. If the oil pops from the pan, it means it’s too hot. Be careful—don’t burn yourself!

  Using tongs, remove the bananas from the bourbon and lime juice, dip them in the batter until fully coated, and place them in the hot oil. Cook about 3 or 4 minutes, until golden brown.

  Place the cooked bananas on a paper towel on a plate.

Optional: Lightly sprinkle bananas with sugar to give them some crunch on the outside.

  Serve the hot bananas over vanilla-bean ice cream.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe from Kitchenability 101: The College Student's Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food, by Nisa Burns,

Image Credit: Patrick Onofre

NISA BURNS has been called "the Chef of the Next Generation." She is a recent culinary grad, speaker and author. Her mission: To boost the confidence of new cooks, helping them become kitchen-able. Her book Kitchenability 101: The College Student's Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food provides shopping plans, supply lists, budgeting tips, skills and recipes for cooking in small spaces.