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Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

I have a love-hate relationship with bananas. I go through phases of eating tons of them, and suddenly the texture will give me the creeps and I won't eat them for weeks. Also, if you're still out there eating yellow-green bananas that aren't spotty- you're doing it wrong. Spotty bananas are not bruised or old inside- they're just ripe and sweet and awesome (can you tell what phase I'm in at the moment?). 


Normally I eat bananas fresh and by themselves, but there comes a time when you just gotta add sugar and rum to those bad boys and light that shit on fire. Then pour it over ice cream, cause you've already spiraled down the sugar rabbit hole so why tf not? Speaking of ice cream, there are plenty of amazing vegan ice creams readily available nowadays which is great (Nada Moo has got the goods in this case) and means no animals were harmed in the making of this indulgence.


Since this dessert is lit on fire, be sure to use extra safety precautions and NEVER pour water on a fire involving oil (vegan butter included). If you absolutely have to, remove the pan from the heat and cover with a lid or douse in flour to smother the flame. Remain calm though, the flame will go out on its own as soon as the alcohol is burned off. 

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Bananas Foster  

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cook Time: 5 mins  Total Time: 15 mins


·      ½ cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)

·      1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

·      2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced at an angle

·      ½ cup chopped walnuts

·      ½ cup dark rum

·      ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

·      vegan vanilla ice cream (I used Nada Moo Vanilla Ahhh)


1.    In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, melt the vegan butter. Stir in the brown sugar and cook for two minutes, or until melted and incorporated.

2.    Drop the banana slices and walnuts into the sugar mixture in the pan, and gently stir. Stir in the dark rum, and carefully light the sauce on fire with a long lighter*. Let the flame burn and go out on its own (takes about 30 seconds), then stir in the cinnamon.

3.    Serve over your favorite dairy free vanilla ice cream.

*Be very careful when working with an open flame and alcohol. Be prepared to extinguish a flame by putting a lid on the pan. NEVER use water when extinguishing a fire that has oil (including vegan butter) involved. As a last resort when extinguishing a flame, pour lots of flour onto it. Safety first, then teamwork.

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