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Air Fryer Caramelized Bananas

This Air Fryer Banana dessert is so easy to make, and you won’t believe it! And the best thing is that everyone loves it. These air fryer caramelized bananas can be ready in less than 10 minutes.

Overhead shot of air fryer banana dessert on a white plate.

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When I was a kid in the 1980s, my family used to go to a Filipino restaurant in Oakland called Love’s Pagan Den. They had a warm banana pudding dessert that I loved. I’ve loved anything with warm bananas ever since. 

I haven’t yet nailed that banana pudding recipe, but this air fryer banana dessert satisfies the craving and it’s so simple to make!

These easy Air Fryer caramelized bananas are super simple, require just 3 ingredients, and are just popped into the air fryer for a few minutes. 
It’s a perfect recipe on its own, but you can dress your caramelized bananas up like a fancy banana split with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, nuts, and a cherry on top or any way you like. 

I’ve enjoyed these air fryer bananas with dollops of whipped cream and a healthy drizzle of slightly warmed Nutella!

You can use these delicious warm, sweet, air fried bananas on top of pancakes, waffles, french toast, or even peanut butter toast.

low angle shot of air fryer bananas on a white plate with vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle.

What Are Air Fryer Bananas?

For this easy air fryer bananas recipe, ripe bananas get a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar, which caramelizes and turns into a sweet glaze in the air fryer.

You can eat them straight out of the air fryer or top them with ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge sauce, or caramel drizzle. 

Overhead shot of the ingredients needed to make the recipe: Bananas, Brown Sugar, and Cinnamon.

What ingredients do you need?

For the complete list of ingredients with quantities and detailed prep and cooking instructions, please see the recipe card that appears at the end of this post.

This recipe is ridiculously simple. You only need three ingredients: 

  • Bananas (fully ripe bananas are naturally sweet, just don’t use bananas that are overripe)
  • Brown sugar (substitute coconut sugar if you like)
  • Cinnamon (or use pumpkin pie spice mix in place of the cinnamon) 


You can add whatever toppings you like on top of your air fried banana. Add whipped cream or whipped coconut cream, shredded coconut, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, ice cream, chopped nuts, or whatever else your heart desires.

How do you make air fried bananas?

For the complete list of ingredients with quantities and detailed prep and cooking instructions, please see the recipe card that appears at the end of this post.

Air frying bananas is so easy! These easy caramelized air fryer bananas take just a few minutes to make in the air fryer. Here’s how:

  1. In a small bowl, stir the sugar and cinnamon together.
  2. Without peeling the bananas, cut each in half longways.Line the air fryer basket with a parchment paper liner.
  3. Arrange the banana halves, cut side up, in a single layer in the air fryer basket and sprinkle them with the cinnamon-sugar mixture (you may have to cook in two batches).
  4. Air fry the bananas for about 10 minutes. (if you’ve only done half, then repeat with the remaining bananas). Note that air fryers differ in how quickly they cook, so you may need to adjust the time up or down depending on what air fryer you’re using.
  5. Serve immediately with whipped cream, ice cream, caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce, nuts, and whatever other toppings you love.
low angle shot of a caramelized banana with ice cream, pecans, and caramel sauce.

More Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love

If you love using your air fryer to make things like air-fried bananas, try these other air fryer recipes! Air Fryer S’mores are a great treat when it’s too hot to turn on the oven OR build a fire!

My Air Fryer Korean Fried Chicken is famously sweet and spicy. Air Fryer Sesame Chicken is always a crowd favorite. Air Fryer Taquitos and Air Fryer Wontons, too, get rave reviews.

Yield: Serves 3 to 6

Air Fryer Banana Dessert

Air Fryer Banana Dessert

Ripe bananas get a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar, which caramelizes and turns into a sweet glaze in the air fryer. You can eat them straight out of the air fryer or top them with ice cream, whipped cream, hot fudge sauce, or caramel drizzle.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 4 ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  2. Without peeling the bananas, cut each in half long ways.
  3. Line the air fryer basket with a parchment paper liner.
  4. Arrange the banana halves, cut side up, in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to cook the bananas in 2 batches.
  5. Sprinkle about 1 ½ tablespoons of the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture evenly over each banana half.
  6. Cook in the air fryer at 400°F for about 10 minutes, until the topping is browned and bubbling.

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By on February 14th, 2022

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