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Air Fryer Caramelized Bananas

Air fryer bananas with a sweet, brown sugar caramel make a delicious and decadent dessert. Caramelized bananas are soft and warm with just a slight crunch from the caramelized sugar. They are delicious served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Made with simple ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes, they work well as a snack or dessert or can be served for breakfast with some Greek yogurt.

Two banana halves with melted brown sugar, ice cream and caramel sauce.
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What are Air Fried Bananas?

Air-fried caramelized bananas are quick and easy. They are a delicious dessert option when you want something light, but they also make a nice snack. They can even be served for breakfast with some Greek yogurt and crunchy granola.

Whole, fresh bananas are simply sliced in half, brushed with butter, then sprinkled with a brown sugar cinnamon mixture that turns into a sweet caramel when heated in the air fryer.

The air-fried bananas will be soft and warm and are delicious served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. But they are just as tasty when they are served cold.

The caramelized banana halves are also an excellent choice as a base for banana splits.

Ingredients

For a complete list of ingredients, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Fresh bananas – Choose ripe bananas that are still firm without many brown spots. The firm bananas will hold up better when cooked.
  • Brown sugar – Dark or light brown sugar both work fine. Dark brown sugar will have a slightly richer flavour than light brown sugar. 
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon adds a nice light spice to these bananas. If you want, you can substitute this with spices like pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice, depending what you have on hand.
  • Butter – I like to use salted butter as it gives the caramel just a bit more flavour, but you can use unsalted butter just fine.
Ingredients for air fryer bananas.

Instructions

While you are preparing the ingredients, begin preheating the air fyrer. Preheat it at 350° for 5 minutes.

Next, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

Peel the bananas and slice them in half lengthwise. Then brush the bananas with melted butter on both sides of the halves and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. You can gently pat the sugar onto the bananas to help it stick.

Once the air fryer has preheated, line the basket with a piece of parchment and lay the banana halves on top in a single layer.

Four banana halves covered in brown sugar in an air fryer basket lined with parchment paper.

Pro Tip: Don’t skip the parchment paper in this recipe. The bananas will be delicate after cooking, lifting them out with the parchment paper will help prevent them from falling apart.

Place the basket into the air fryer and set it to 350° for 7 mintues. After 7 minutes check the bananas. If they are not quite soft enough, or the sugar is not fully melted, add another minute or two.

Carefully lift the bananas out of the air fryer by lifing the parchement paper, with the banans on top, out of the fryer. Set on a plate or tray, then transfer the bananas to plates for serving. The bananas may still break a bit as they are extremely delicate after cooking, but they will still be delicious.

Four banana halves in an air fryer basket that have been cooked covered in melted brown sugar.

Pro Tip: Cooking time will vary slightly depending on the ripeness of the bananas. Softer bananas will need a shorter cooking time, while bananas on the firmer side will require a longer cooking time.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many ways you can serve these caramelized bananas. 

As a dessert – The simplest way to serve these air-fried bananas is warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

For a bit of crunch, you can top them with sliced almonds or chopped pecans.

To make them more adult you can add a drizzle of liqueur if you like. They are delicious with a drizzle of Kaluha!

These bananas also work well, and are especially delicious, as a base for banana splits.

As a breakfast – Try serving these bananas with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola or muesli.

As a snack – Anything goes. Top them with ice cream, yogurt, caramel, or just eat them as is.

Two banana halves covered in melted brown sugar, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce being sliced with a fork.

Top tip & FAQS

  • You don’t need to flip the bananas while cooking. As soon as the bananas warm they will become delicate and flipping will just cause them to fall apart.
  • If your bananas are extremely ripe, start with slightly less cooking time as they will soften further while in the air fryer.
Can I prepare air fried bananas ahead of time?

You can prepare the bananas ahead of time by peeling, slicing and coating in the butter and sugar. Then store them covered in the refrigerator until it’s time to cook and serve.

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Printable Recipe

Two banana halves with melted brown sugar, ice cream and caramel sauce.

Air Fryer Caramelized Bananas

Air fryer bananas with a sweet, brown sugar caramel make a delicious and decadent dessert. Caramelized bananas are soft and warm with just a slight crunch from the caramelized sugar.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional Toppings

  • caramel sauce
  • vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • Start by preheating the air fryer to 350°F for 5 minutes.
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Peel the bananas and slice them in half lengthwise. Then brush the bananas with melted butter and sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture. You can gently press the brown sugar onto the bananas to help it stick.
  • After the air fryer has preheated, line it with parchment paper, and then lay the bananas in the basket in a single layer.
  • Place the basket in the air fryer, set it to 350°F and cook for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes check the bananas, add another minute or two if the bananas are not soft enough for you or the sugar isn't fully melted.
  • Remove the bananas from the air fryer by lifting them out on the parchment paper.
  • Slide the bananas onto plates, top with desired toppings, and serve.

Notes

DO NOT preheat the air fryer with parchment paper in the basket.  
If your bananas are on the softer side, or a bit overripe, start with less cooking time and add more as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Jennie

Sunday 31st of July 2022

I don't usually leave comments but this recipe was too good not to. I've made this three times already and it's becoming a new favorite dessert. I've added this to ice cream sundaes and pancakes so far. Next time I'll be trying this with some Greek yogurt. Fantastic recipe!

James

Sunday 31st of July 2022

The perfect dessert - so easy, and love that it is done in the air fryer. I am going to make them again this week to serve with some pancakes for brunch! I am off to buy more bananas now! Thanks for such a simple and delicious recipe.

Mary

Friday 29th of July 2022

These were so delicious! I just discovered fruit in the air fryer and this recipe really tastes like an indulgent treat even though its relatively healthy. Thanks for sharing.

Karen

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

Oh my goodness- these were fantastic! I tried them the day they were posted on your blog because the pics looked mouthwatering and I had everything in hand. Can’t wait to make again soon!