Better-for-You Bananas Foster

You only need a handful ingredients to transform ripe bananas into this elegant, warm dessert.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 orange

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1/4 cup orange liqueur or brandy

Kosher salt

3 ripe bananas, peeled, halved lengthwise and crosswise

1/2 cup dark rum

Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Remove 4 strips orange zest with a vegetable peeler. Squeeze the orange and strain the juice.
  2. Melt the butter with the sugar, orange zest and vanilla bean paste in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar caramelizes, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the liqueur, orange juice and a pinch of salt.
  3. Return the skillet to medium heat, add the bananas, cut-side down, and cook until glazed and golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and divide among bowls.
  4. Add the rum to the pan and return to medium heat. Bring the liquid to a boil without stirring, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the bananas. Garnish with whipped cream if using and the glazed orange zest.