Fried Bananas (a dessert-free dessert)

Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve done a post! Life is crazy as usual, although not quite as crazy as NC weather. (It was 61 degrees yesterday, and now it’s snowing. You tell me how that makes sense.)

Anyways, I wanted to share this recipe with you! As usual, the term ‘recipe’ is used loosely here. I don’t usually eat ‘desserts,’ even ‘paleo’ desserts, because I don’t do well with excessive amounts of nut flour or sweetener, even if it’s honey or coconut sugar. I call this recipe a ‘dessert-free dessert’ because it feels like you’re eating this:

Bananas Foster

…when you’re really eating this:


At least, that’s how I like to see it.

Fried Bananas

  • 2 medium bananas (I prefer to use ripe, spotted bananas for this)
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa powder (optional; this turns it into a ‘real’ dessert (*gasp*). It’s still delicious without it!)

Put your coconut oil in a pan over medium heat.

While it heats up, peel your bananas and slice them into rounds, about 1/2 an inch thick.

When your oil is hot, add your bananas to the pan and let them fry for a few minutes, until they’re browned on one side.

Flip all of your banana slices over so they can brown on the other side. (This may seem daunting. Don’t be intimidated. I have the patience of a 2-year old when it comes to cooking, so if I can flip each individual banana slice, you can too!)

While your bananas finish cooking, put your almond butter in a bowl. Add some cinnamon, and a sprinkle of cocoa powder if using. I also sometimes add cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, or allspice. Use whatever floats your boat!

Once your bananas are done cooking, pour the bananas and the coconut oil into your almond butter bowl. Try to keep the bananas on one side and the almond butter on the other. It makes it easier to carry out the next step, which is…

Mix the almond butter + spices with the banana-y coconut oil that’s floating around your bowl! This makes a creamy delicious sauce-like substance that will make you feel like you’re eating something naughty.

Scoop some sauce and some banana onto your spoon and stick it in your mouth!

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Hope you enjoy!

Do you have a favorite ‘dessert-free dessert’ recipe?

banana and almond photo cred

6 Thoughts on “Fried Bananas (a dessert-free dessert)

  1. I NEED to buy some cocoa powder asap! I’ve also been dreaming of some coconut flakes on my “desserts” but I need to order it online, because all the grocery stores around me have it with added sugar! My paleo treat has been banana “soft serve” topped with coconut cream, yummy!

    • Your treat sounds delicious! I’ve heard of making ‘ice cream’ with frozen bananas before, but have never tried it. I’ve also been meaning to try a ‘chocolate pudding’ recipe with avocado, cocoa powder, and banana. I’m sure it would taste more like pudding with a different sweetener, but I like to sweeten with just fruit as much as possible!

    • Cathy Michell on May 12, 2013 at 8:58 am said:

      Why not buy a coconut and shred your own? Fresher and tastier! I poke holes through the eyes at the end, drain off the coconut water (and drink it) then take my coconut out to the garage and smash it with a hammer. The meat comes out pretty easily and I peel off the out down layer with a potato peeler. Shred the coconut using a grater or the heating attachment of your food processor. There’s a lot more there than you’d think! I mx it with almond and dried cranberries for a quick snack.

  2. This looks amazing! I bet those bananas get almost caramelized! I’m so excited to try this 🙂


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