Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

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The original Bananas Foster was created at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans over 60 years ago. They had an excess of bananas, so they tried cooking the banana slices in butter and sugar. Who knows why someone added rum and lit the whole thing on fire, but an iconic dessert was born! SkinnyMs. has taken this fantastic, flaming dessert and turned it into a delicious low calorie treat. Our Slow Cooker Bananas Foster is destined to be a hit with friends and families.

To transform this classic dessert into a skinnier version, we made some ingredient substitutions. The first things to go were the butter and sugar: Neither one of those things is very good for your waistline! We tried combining honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, and a little rum extract with the banana slices. It really created the perfect flavor profile to take these Slow Cooker Bananas Foster to a whole new level! Not only did it taste great, but each serving of this gluten-free dessert has just a little over 100 calories and only two grams of fat.

Healthy and Decadent Belong In The Same Sentence

If you’re on a diet or a weight-loss plan, you might think that decadent and healthy can’t belong in the same sentence. Well, we’re here to tell you that you’re flat-out wrong! That’s a good thing, because it means you can have your cake and eat it, too.

Everyone needs a full-flavored, decadent treat from time-to-time. This is especially true if you’re restricting your calories or cutting out your favorite foods. This Slow Cooker Bananas Foster is the perfect way to dive into an elegant dessert without feeling guilty about it. Many of our readers say they love our Slow Cooker Bananas Foster recipe.

We also included stovetop recipe if you don’t have time to wait for the slow cooker version. It takes about 2 hours of hands-off time in the slow cooker. If you don’t have that much time, toss everything into a saucepan. Let it cook for 30 minutes on low, stirring occasionally, and you’ll be able to serve the treat in no time.

You can make it for special occasions and elegant dinner parties to wow your guests. Or, serve it up at a casual family gathering or backyard barbecue. If you’re looking for a great way to serve up this Slow Cooker Bananas Foster, try serving it with a side of skinny ice cream. Vanilla is classic, and if you’re buying it form the store look for a brand that has minimal ingredients. Or, make your own! We love this Coconut Mango Ice Cream, and this vegan 3-Ingredient Banana Pudding Ice Cream would pair particularly well.

As a favorite in the SkinnyMs. community, we promise that anyone and everyone will want to know how you made it. In fact, our Slow Cooker Bananas Foster recipe has been featured on Shape Magazine and the Huffington Post. Dive into this luscious dessert and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

Serving size: 1/2 cup | Calories: 110 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fats: 1 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg |Sodium: 2 mg | Carbohydrates: 28 g | Dietary fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 18 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5 |


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (unrefined coconut oil)
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 bananas, medium firmness, 1/2” slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon 100% Rum Extract (optional)


  1. Add and combine the first four ingredients to the slow cooker. Add banana slices, toss gently to coat with honey mixture. Cover and cook on low 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add rum extract to bananas and stir to combine. Minimum slow cooker size: 4 quarts.
  2. Stovetop Method: Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Add banana slices, toss gently to coat with honey mixture, cover and cook on low heat for approximately 30 minutes, or until heated through and bananas are soft but not falling apart. Add rum extract and stir to combine. Enjoy alone or over favorite desserts.

You will find this delicious recipe featured in  SkinnyMs. Slow Cooker Cookbook. Or, click here for the 37 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Weight Loss. 

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25 Comments on "Slow Cooker Bananas Foster"

  1. Rebecca Boler  June 4, 2012

    Is there a variation I can use? My family cannot do coconut oil. 

    • skinnyms  June 5, 2012

      Canola oil will work!

  2. Audrie Fuller Brese  June 10, 2012

    My husband is going to love this! I have to make it!

  3. Aimee  August 2, 2012

    What would you serve this over? Ice cream? Any other ideas?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 4, 2012

      Aimee, A lot of people do. We like ours over Greek yogurt or by itself.

    • Rachel  January 2, 2013

      The traditional method is over vanilla ice cream 🙂

  4. Megan Link  August 2, 2012

    How many does this serve? Am I missing it above?

  5. 4aneer  August 10, 2012

    To my surprise, my family loves this. This speaks volumes considering they are not banana eaters.

  6. Tracy Beck Hope  September 12, 2012

    do you add the rum after they are cooking?

    • Skinny Ms.  September 13, 2012

      Tracy, Just at the very end, add the rum extract.

  7. Dawn  September 13, 2012

    made this today and it's DELICIOUS!!

    • Skinny Ms.  September 14, 2012

      Dawn, YEAH!!! On of my all time favorites.

  8. Earla Quesenberry  December 1, 2012

    This sounds absolutely wonderful. Can't wait to try it.

  9. Colette  February 21, 2013

    Can I make this in advance and reheat when needed?

    • Skinny Ms.  February 24, 2013

      Colette, Bananas will turn dark after being refrigerated for any length of time. I would recommend eating soon after cooking.

  10. Alisa  May 9, 2013

    Can i use something else to replace the rum extract? My boyfriend is a recovering alcoholic, im very proud of him and dont want to give him rum 🙂 I also dont drink- thank you 🙂

    • Skinny Ms.  May 10, 2013

      Alisa, Rum extract is a flavoring like Vanilla extract. Look for a vanilla flavoring that doesn’t contain alcohol. You can also leave out the flavoring….still yummy!

  11. Kristi  April 4, 2014

    Can I sub raw sugar for the honey? If so, how much?

    • SkinnyMs  April 7, 2014

      You can, and just use the same amount, 3 tablespoons, or increase it to 4 (honey is sweeter than sugar and the substitute ratio is usually 3/4 cup honey to 1 cup sugar).

  12. holly  July 18, 2016

    i had bananas foster over waffles at a restaurant…it was delicious!

  13. Phyllis  November 5, 2018

    Can you adapt this to a stream convection oven?

    • Gale Compton  November 5, 2018

      Phyllis, This recipe is super easy and can also be prepared on the stovetop. I’m sure a convection oven would work just fine.

  14. Linda  March 21, 2020

    Can you use real rum?


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