When you want a quick and delicious snack or dessert, try this easy recipe for Air Fryer Bananas. The sweet fruit gets coated with sugar and cinnamon and caramelized with a golden crispy crust that tastes like a healthy Bananas Foster. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

air fried bananas on a wooden plate with ice cream.

You will love this banana dessert! Bananas are naturally very sweet which is why they make a perfect treat. If you toss them in a small amount of sugar and air fry them they, taste similar to Bananas Foster.

Serve these Air Fryer Bananas as a sweet healthy snack or top with vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.

Air Fryer Bananas Recipe Benefits

  • Bananas are high in dietary fiber and potassium, low in calories, and very filling. This is a much healthier way to curb your sweet craving than other desserts that may be higher in fat, sugar, and calories. It’s also easier to make than banana bread.
  • This recipe is easy to make with no cleanup. Just remove the bananas and throw away the aluminum foil.
  • These Air Fried Bananas are done in 13 minutes – including prep time!

Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients for air fryer bananas.
  • Ripe bananas – Be sure to use ripe bananas or overripe bananas at room temperature. This is important because as a banana ripens its starch converts to sugar. A ripe banana is a sweet banana! Air fryer bananas won’t be nearly as good with an unripe banana. See my related post on how to freeze bananas (helpful if you end up with too many ripe bananas at once).
  • Coconut oil – Coconut oil allows the sugar to stick to the bananas but it also encourages the bananas to caramelize. If you don’t have coconut oil you can use butter or vegan butter in its place. You could also use olive oil or avocado oil.
  • Coconut sugar – Coconut sugar has a slightly caramel taste that I love but you can also use brown sugar if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon and bananas make a killer combo. Cinnamon also packs a nutritional punch with antioxidants and properties that promote a healthy gut. It’s worth working this healthy spice into your diet.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Air Fried Banana Recipe Steps

how to make bananas in the air fryer.

Step One

Peel and cut the bananas. On a cutting board, cut each banana in half and then cut each half down the middle lengthwise.

Place the bananas in a medium bowl.

Step Two

In a small bowl combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon then stir to combine.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

Add the sugar mixture to the bananas and toss to combine.

Alternatively, you could brush the mixture on with a pastry brush if you prefer not to toss them.

Step Four

Lay a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the air fryer basket and poke a few holes in it. This will allow the hot air to circulate and keep the bananas from sticking.

sliced bananas in air fryer.

Step Five

Place the banana halves on the aluminum foil in a single layer and set the time to 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Once the cooking time is up flip the bananas over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve warm by themselves or with a scoop of ice cream!

I hope you agree that this is such a great way to transform raw banana into a great snack or dessert using simple ingredients.

air fryer bananas with ice cream.

I hope your family loves this healthy air fryer dessert as much as mine does!

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can easily double or triple this recipe depending on how may servings you want to make. But, try not to let the banana slices overlap too much while they are cooking.
  • Air fried bananas are best served right after they are done cooking.
  • If you don’t have coconut oil and aren’t on a vegan or dairy-free diet, you can also use melted butter or ghee in this recipe.
  • These caramelized banana can also be served as an easy breakfast or snack. Cut them into thin slices after air frying and serve with Green yogurt for protein.

Recipe FAQs

Can I add other spices?

Yes! If you want to you could also add allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, or nutmeg. Just be sure to go easy with it because a little bit goes along way in terms of flavor. You could also use pumpkin pie spice in place of cinnamon.

Are bananas healthy for you?

Bananas are very healthy for you and delicious to boot! They promote good digestion, a healthy heart, and contain lots of essential vitamins and minerals.

Can I slice the bananas instead of cutting them lengthwise?

Yes! You can use banana slices in this recipe if you prefer. If you want to make sliced banana chips, then don’t miss my actual recipe for Air Fryer Banana Chips. These crispy chips are a healthier version of potato chips that the whole family will enjoy.

bite shot for air fried bananas

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air fryer bananas with cinnamon

Air Fryer Caramelized Bananas

When you want a quick and delicious snack, try this easy recipe for Air Fryer Bananas. The sweet fruit gets coated with sugar and cinnamon and caramelized with a golden crispy crust that tastes like a healthy Bananas Foster. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Peel your bananas and lay them on a cutting board. Cut each banana in half and then cut each halved section down the middle lengthwise.
  2. Place your peeled and halved bananas into a bowl.
  3. Then, in a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Add the melted coconut oil, sugar, and cinnamon to the bananas. Gently toss to combine. You can also use a pastry brush to coat the bananas with the mixture as opposed to tossing them, if you prefer.
  5. Lay a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper in the bottom of your air fryer basket. Poke a few holes in the foil or paper to help the hot air circulate.
  6. Place your coated banana halves in a single layer on top of the aluminum foil or paper. Set the time to 375°F for 5 minutes.
  7. After the five minutes are up, turn the bananas over and cook them for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until they have started to caramelize and turn a golden brown.
  8. Serve warm. These Air Fryer Bananas are great plain or topped with your choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

  1. You can easily double or triple this recipe depending on how may servings you want to make.
  2. Air fried bananas are best served right after they are done cooking.
  3. If you don’t have coconut oil and aren’t on a vegan or dairy-free diet, you can also use melted butter or ghee in this recipe.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 banana
  • Calories: 175
  • Sugar: 16.5 g
  • Sodium: 2.7 mg
  • Fat: 7.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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