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Quick and Easy Jamaican Bananas Dessert Recipe

Updated on November 1, 2019
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A Great Recipe for Old Bananas

I'm sure we've all thrown out brown bananas because they've gone all soft and mushy and because they appear generally unappetising. But there are lots of things to do with old bananas. While they're not so good to eat straight up they can used for baking and frying. A classic use for old bananas is to bake Banana Bread.

Don't get me wrong, I love Banana Bread but I'm not much of a baker. So, instead, I use my old bananas for a different purpose. I fry them up with dark rum and sugar and make Jamaican Bananas!

Jamaican Bananas Recipe

This is one of my favourite quick and easy recipes for using up any old bananas that have gone just a little too brown and soft. My Mother used to make this recipe for my Dad when I was a child so I have fond memories of it. I remember also having it for dessert as a child but I'm not sure if mine and my little Sister's had the rum in it - it may very well have done, they were different times back then! Besides, the alcohol will burn off and evaporate while frying.

The Jamaican Bananas dish is quick to prepare, quick to cook and uses only a handful of store cupboard ingredients. I think everyone's got their own banana recipe and they're almost always baking recipes or dessert recipes (or the classic banana bread / banana loaf). Well, this one requires no baking but it's definitely a dessert recipe. You'll never throw out your old bananas again!

Recipe for old bananas
Recipe for old bananas | Source

Jamaican Bananas Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1 banana = one serving

Ingredients for Jamaican Bananas

  • Over-ripe Bananas
  • 1 knob Butter
  • A splash Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • A splash Rum or Brandy
Jamaican Bananas fried in rum and sugar
Jamaican Bananas fried in rum and sugar

Jamaican Bananas Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare the old bananas by peeling off the skin and slicing each one length ways and then in half so that each banana provides 4 flat-ish pieces.
  2. Heat the butter and sugar in a pan until the butter and melted and the sugar starts to caramelise
  3. Add in the old bananas and stir into the butter/sugar mix until coated. Continue to fry for a couple of minutes until the bananas start to become soft.
  4. Add a splash of orange juice and fry for another 30 seconds until slightly reduced.
  5. Add in the brandy or rum. You can literally add as much or as little of the alcohol as you like. Continue frying until the liquid has reduced and the bananas are nice and soft. I like to use Admiral Vernon's 'Old J' as it has a vanilla sweetness which works well in this recipe.
  6. Lift out the bananas with a slotted spoon and serve with a ball of vanilla ice cream. Spoon over the remainder of the sauce from the pan.

Barbeque those Old Bananas!

I'm not sure of the nutritional value of this dish but hey, it's a dessert just enjoy it!!

Also, there is an alternative version of this great recipe that can be cooked on the barbecue. Simply prepare the old bananas as described above and place them in a parcel made out of tin foil. Mix together the sugar, butter, orange juice and rum/brandy and pour over. Wrap up the foil parcel and place on the barbecue for 10 minutes or so. Delicious!

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Over-ripe bananas fried in rum and sugar to make the perfect dessert. This is known as Jamaican Bananas
Over-ripe bananas fried in rum and sugar to make the perfect dessert. This is known as Jamaican Bananas | Source

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© 2012 Matt Doran


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    • Iammattdoran profile imageAUTHOR

      Matt Doran 

      7 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Thanks Thelma, give it a go! So easy

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany

      What a delicious dessert! Well, I just imagine it making myself. It´s a new recipe for banana to me. I´ll definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Iammattdoran profile imageAUTHOR

      Matt Doran 

      8 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Thanks Imam. Give them a try, you won't be disappointed.

    • imam hossain rony profile image

      Imam hossain rony 

      8 years ago from Dhaka

      It is great Idea using of old Banana. This article shows how wonderful person u r.

      thank you . keep posting and sharing the great ideas which are really uncommon.

    • Iammattdoran profile imageAUTHOR

      Matt Doran 

      8 years ago from Manchester, UK


    • John Holden profile image

      John Holden 

      8 years ago

      In Manchester back in the 1970s I knew a bloke who used to clear all the black and therefore unsaleable bananas from the wholesale fruit and veg market and then sell them at a premium to Jamaicans who thought black bananas a delicacy!

    • Iammattdoran profile imageAUTHOR

      Matt Doran 

      8 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Hi greatstuff, just add a little more orange juice or pineapple juice and it should be just as good

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      8 years ago from Malaysia

      There many recipes for over-ripe banana and this recipe are new to me. I will have to try this but without the rum/brandy as I don't drink. Any alternative to this? I bet it taste just as good without the rum/brandy.

    • peachpurple profile image


      8 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      sounds yummy dessert to me. At least i don't have to discard the brown bananas into the bin. Will bookmark this hub for future use. Voted useful


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