A tropical twist on bananas foster, a classic New Orleans dessert. Coconut ice cream topped with bananas cooked in a sauce made of coconut rum, brown sugar, and butter.
It’s Mardi Gras! Pull out your plastic beads and put on your elastic waist pants!
I am sad to say that I have never been to New Orleans, but that doesn’t mean that we have to miss out on all of the Mardi Gras fun. And by fun you know I am really talking about the FOOD! It is called Fat Tuesday after all, and New Orleans is famous for some very special treats!
I decided to make a spin on bananas foster, a dessert that was created in New Orleans. This dessert originated at the famous Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans, and is a simple combination that really makes for great flavors. It is traditionally made with bananas that are flambéed in a sauce made from dark rum, brown sugar, and butter, and then poured over vanilla ice cream.
I made a tropical version using Malibu rum and coconut ice cream for a fun twist on the New Orleans classic, because even though it is snowing here in Seattle I am dreaming of summer. I topped it off with a sprinkle of shredded coconut, and then dug right in!
This bananas foster is quick to whip up after dinner for a special Mardi Gras dessert. If you are feeling extra festive you could even make it in to a Mardi Gras themed dinner and make one of these recipes for gumbo or jambalaya that look super tasty.
- 1 pint coconut ice cream
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 oz Malibu rum
- 2 bananas cut into coins
- Shredded coconut for topping, optional
- In a medium sauce pan, combine brown sugar, butter and rum. Stir together and cook until the sauce is sticky, dark, and bubbly, approximately 6 to 8 minutes
- Add the sliced bananas to the pan and stir to coat them in the sauce. Cook until bananas are just warmed through and then remove from the heat.
- Scoop coconut ice cream into a bowl, and then top with banana mixture. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and serve.
*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Bananas Foster