Bananas Foster Ice Cream Sundaes

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This version of Bananas Foster is a tropical twist on the classic New Orleans dessert. Layers of caramelized bananas, shredded toasted coconut, and crunchy macadamia nuts make a delicious sauce for ice cream.

Bananas Foster sundae.

I first tasted this dessert about 30 years ago at a small French restaurant run by a Vietnamese. This unassuming restaurant in a nondescript strip mall had the best French food. But the only dessert I’d ever eat was their version of Bananas Foster. (This post was originally posted on July 21, 2014. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn commission on qualifying purchases.)

They call this dessert, “Bananas Caribbean”. It’s very similar to Bananas Foster, with butter and brown sugar caramelized bananas.

bananas Foster ingredients.

The addition of toasted coconut and macadamia nuts gives it a tropical twist. It’s dead easy to make, and is a great dinner party dessert. But don’t wait for a party, because you can have it tonight!

Vertical bananas carb.

Cooking tips for assembling these nutty coconut banana ice cream sundaes:

Use firm, but ripe, bananas; about 1/2  of a large banana per person.

Bananas foster butter and brown sugar.

Sauté the bananas in a little brown sugar and butter.

I always have vanilla bean ice cream on hand for quick, last minute desserts.

Bananas in a saute of rum, butter, and brown sugar.

Saute bananas in butter, brown sugar and rum. Next, add a bit of rum, and pour the caramelized bananas over vanilla ice cream.

Top the ice cream sundaes with lightly toasted coconut and chopped toasted macadamia nuts.

Nutty coconut banana ice cream sundaes - A tropical twist on the New Orleans dessert, Bananas Foster. Bananas caramelized with rum are the base! Recipe from @whatagirleats

I hope you enjoy this tropical version of Bananas Foster ice cream sundaes! Here’s the recipe:

Bananas Foster sundae.

Bananas Foster Ice Cream Sundaes

Bananas caramelized with brown sugar, butter and rum, topped with toasted coconut and macadamia nuts over vanilla ice cream.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 554 kcal


  • 1/2 banana ripe, but firm, sliced
  • 1.5 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons rum
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon macadamia nuts Chopped toasted
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream


  • Melt the butter and brown sugar in a saute pan over a medium heat.
  • Add the sliced bananas and cook a couple of minutes until everything is carmelized and bubbly.
  • Add the rum and cook another minute or two.
  • Spoon over vanilla bean ice cream.
  • Top with toasted coconut and chopped toasted macadamia nuts


Serving: 1gCalories: 554kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 11gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 536mgFiber: 4gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 840IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Oooh, coconut with banana is one of those matches made in foodie heaven! Thanks for the recipe for this tropical treat!

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