Caramelized Banana Split

Adding ice cream to the caramel sauce makes it extra rich and especially silky.

  • Servings: 4
Caramelized Banana Split

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1996


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 bananas, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pint plus 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup shaved semisweet or milk chocolate


  1. Heat sugar in a large heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat. Let stand until edge of sugar starts to melt and turn golden. Carefully swirl pan to incorporate all of the sugar. Continue cooking until sugar is a golden-brown caramel, 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. Reduce heat to low, and stir in butter. Add bananas, carefully roll in caramel, and cook, turning bananas occasionally until just soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove bananas from caramel, and place in serving dishes. Add 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream to caramel sauce, and stir until smooth and creamy. Scoop remaining ice cream over bananas, pour caramel over ice cream, and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.


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