Air Fryer Caramelized Banana

This air fryer caramelized banana is the perfect treat for when you’re craving something sweet ASAP. These are made with just a few simple ingredients and this is the perfect way to turn bananas into a decadent dessert that’s ready in less than 15 minutes. Think warm, gooey bananas coated in a caramelized sugar glaze bursting with sweetness and a light crunch. This treat is super kid-friendly and a great dessert to make for your family and friends. It is also naturally gluten free and dairy free and the recipe is so simple!

Why You’ll Love This Dessert

It’s so easy to make!

This air fryer caramelized banana is ready in less than 15 minutes.

This recipe is super kid-friendly.

It can be served so many different ways!

This is perfect to make when you’re craving a quick sweet treat.

This makes a great topping for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal and more.

It’s naturally gluten free and dairy free!

Equipment Needed

All you need to make this air fryer caramelized banana is a bowl and an air fryer. I love my Instant Pot Duo Crisp because it is both an air fryer and an instant pot!

Ingredients Needed

Banana: The base of this delicious dessert is banana.

Sugar: I used coconut sugar here because it has a lower glycemic index.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds depth and warmth to this recipe!

Vanilla: I love the flavor that the vanilla provides in this air fryer caramelized banana recipe.

Oil: I used avocado oil here but feel free to use coconut oil or another type of oil!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your ingredients.

Step 2: Cut banana either in half or in slices.

Step 3: Combine sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. Brush oil on banana and then cover with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Step 4: Place in air fryer and air fry at 375°F for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


This air fryer caramelized banana can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. When you are ready to consume, simply heat it up or air fry it again.


The topping options for caramelized bananas are endless. I added cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla ice cream and pecans to mine. Try out these other delicious ideas as well:

Fluffy whipped cream adds richness to these caramelized bananas.

A drizzle of chocolate sauce is a delicious touch.

Add a drizzle of nut butter on top.

How to Serve

These air fryer caramelized bananas also make a delicious topping!

Pancakes, waffles, or French toast: This is a classic pairing, with the warm bananas and gooey caramel sauce drizzled over light and fluffy pancakes or waffles.

Oatmeal: Caramelized bananas add a delicious sweetness and decadent topping to your morning oatmeal. Top it with nuts, seeds and a drizzle of honey for a complete breakfast.

Yogurt: A healthier option, yogurt provides a cool and creamy base for the warm bananas. It’s a perfect snack or light breakfast.

Granola: Combine caramelized bananas with granola and yogurt for a satisfying and crunchy breakfast parfait.

Scones or muffins: Add a slice of caramelized banana to your scone or muffin batter for a delicious twist.

Recipe FAQ

What kind of bananas should I use?

I like to use ripe bananas for this! Choose bananas that are spotty, but not brown.

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these caramelized bananas ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator.

Do I need to peel the bananas?

Yes! You will need to peel the bananas for my version of this recipe.

Do I need to flip the bananas?

There is no need to flip the bananas.

How will I know that they are done?

You will know that this air fryer caramelized banana is done when it is browned on top.

Can I use frozen bananas for this recipe? 

Yes, you can use frozen bananas for this recipe. Feel free to let them thaw first and then air fry them.

Can I make this recipe if I don’t have an air fryer?

Yes! Cook the bananas for 3-4 minutes per side in a skillet over medium heat, or until they are golden brown and softened. 

Related Recipes

Be sure to try these delicious desserts next:

Air Fryer Peaches

Samoa Ice Cream Stuffed Dates

Mini S’mores Cookie Skillet

AB&J Stuffed Dates

Candy Cane Brownies

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5 from 3 votes

Air Fryer Caramelized Banana

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Course: Dessert, Desserts, Snack, Snacks
Keyword: air fryer, banana, desserts, snack
Servings: 1
Calories: 197kcal


  • 1 bowl
  • 1 air fryer


  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Cut banana either in half or in slices.
  • Combine sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. Brush oil on banana and then cover with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Place in air fryer and air fry at 375°F for 10 minutes. Add topics of your choice, serve and enjoy!


NOTE: I added vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, cinnamon and pecans on top of mine!


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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