These sweet caramelized air fryer bananas are cooked in brown sugar cinnamon butter. They cook up in the air fryer in 7 minutes! Enjoy them with ice cream, with breakfast, or eat them by the spoonful! They make such a tasty treat with vanilla ice cream!

Drizzling hot fudge over caramelized air fryer bananas and ice cream.

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Every gooey sweet bite is decadent and full of ripe banana flavor! This sweet treat is a great snack or dessert! The whole family will go bananas over it!

I also take it to the next level in this Bananas Flambé Sundaes recipe if you want to try making this stovetop!

Why I love this banana recipe:

  1. All you need are four simple ingredients to make this recipe!
  2. The air fryer does all of the work in just 7 minutes! There is almost no prep time!
  3. You can enjoy these air fryer bananas in so many recipes!
  4. If your bananas are not completely ripe, this will ripen them!

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the air fryer bananas ingredients.
  • Bananas – You can use ripe or semi-ripened bananas.
  • Brown sugar – I used brown sugar, but maple syrup or coconut sugar will also work.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter. If you are dairy-free, you can use coconut oil or dairy-free butter.
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Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Photos of the foil with holes and the butter mixture.

Step 1: For best results, line the bottom of your air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Use a fork to poke a lot of holes in it. This will help air circulate the bananas but minimize the clean-up!

Step 2: Place the butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon into a small bowl. Microwave for 25-30 seconds to melt the butter. Mix the sugar mixture with the melted butter with a whisk or a spoon.

Photos of the sliced bananas and the bananas in the butter.

Step 3: Peel your bananas and put them onto a cutting board. Slice them lengthwise or in rounds. You can cut them into thick or thin pieces; it is a personal preference.

Step 4: Place the banana slices in the melted brown sugar butter and use a pastry brush to coat the bananas in the sweet mixture. Repeat a couple of times to really coat the bananas. Preheat the air fryer to 375º F.

The bananas before and after cooking in the air fryer.

Step 5: Place the coated banana pieces on the foil in a single layer. Place the foil with the bananas in a Ninja Foodi or another air fryer and set the cooking time for 4 minutes.

Step 6: Open the air fryer tray and flip the bananas to cook the other side. Cook for 3 minutes. If you want your bananas to be really golden brown, cook them for 4-5 additional minutes.

The bananas should be soft and caramelized.

This recipe will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store in an air-tight container.

Caramelized air fryer banana with a scoop of ice cream.

Ways to Serve Air Fryer Bananas:

There are many delicious ways to serve these caramelized bananas. Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Over your morning oatmeal.
  • Top pancakes, French toast, or waffles.
  • Serve it on peanut butter toast! This is my hubby’s favorite!
  • Serve with ice cream. I used cookie dough flavor, but you can use any flavor of ice cream you like.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you use plantains instead of bananas?

You can easily use plantains instead of bananas in this recipe.

Can you use cooking spray in the air fryer?

I do not recommend using nonstick spray in the air fryer. It is not a good idea because it leaves a residue that can be baked in and is hard to remove.

Can you freeze these air fryer bananas?

Yes! Freezing these over-ripe bananas is easy! Just seal them in a sealed freezer bag.

Can you use frozen bananas?

You can use frozen bananas, but the color may be slightly off.


Can you make this banana recipe without added sugar?

You can make this recipe without any sugar, but I recommend using butter and ground cinnamon for sweetness and flavor.

If you love using your air fryer, check out all of my gluten free air fryer recipes!

The top view of the caramelized bananas with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

More Air Fryer Recipes To Try:

caramelized air fryer banana with a scoop of ice cream

Caramelized Air Fryer Bananas

Sandi Gaertner
Sweet caramelized air fryer bananas make a delicious treat in under 12 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 302 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bananas ripe
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • For best results, line the bottom of your air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Use a fork to poke a lot of holes in it. This will help air circulate around the bananas, but minimize the clean-up!
  • Place the butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon into a small bowl. Microwave for 25-30 seconds to melt the butter. Mix the sugar mixture with the melted butter with a whisk or a spoon.
  • Peel your bananas and put them onto a cutting board. Slice them lengthwise or in rounds. You can cut them into thick pieces or thin, it is a personal preference.
  • Place the banana slices in the melted brown sugar butter and use a pastry brush to coat the bananas in the sweet mixture. Repeat a couple of times to really coat the bananas.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 375º F.
  • Place the coated banana pieces on the foil in a single layer. Place the foil with the bananas in a Ninja Foodi or another air fryer and set the cook time for 4 minutes.
  • Open the air fryer tray and flip the bananas over to cook the other side. Cook for 3 minutes. If you want your bananas to be really golden brown, cook them for 4-5 additional minutes.
  • The bananas should be soft and caramelized.
  • This recipe will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store in an air-tight container. 

Notes

  1. If you prefer your bananas to be golden brown, air fryer them 2-3 minutes longer.
  2. Serve the bananas with ice cream and hot fudge. 

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 1gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 140mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 602IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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