Baby Bananas in Orange Sauce (Benin)

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by UmmBinat

DD (toddler) had us try this one and we both declare it "really yummy!" Origanally posted for ZWT7, Sub-Saharan Africa. An easy dessert that is kid friendly yet upscale enough to serve adults. A different way to use bananas as a dessert topping. The orange sauce coats the bananas and brightens up vanilla ice cream and cake. With recipes like this, I’m not sure why you’d ever eat a plain ol’ banana split again! From,

Top Review by Stacia_

I had this once before at at Moroccan friends home and it was a delicious desert! I'm glad that you posted this recipe. I will make it myself now! Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 118.29 ml orange juice (I used freshly squeezed)
  • 118.29 ml brown sugar
  • 14.79 ml lemon juice (optional, I did use freshly squeezed)
  • 2 slightly under-ripe baby bananas (NOTE poster used red bananas which are about 4 inches long)


  1. Heat orange juice, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a skillet for about 15 minutes on low (there should be small bubbles breaking the surface, but not quite a simmer). The orange juice will reduce and thicken into a syrup.
  2. Peel bananas and add to syrup. Cook for a few minutes per side, making sure to warm through.
  3. Serve immediately with ice cream, pound cake, or plain. Both would be all the better!

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