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Brazilian-style fried bananas are all gooey sweetness and so, so easy

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These caramelized bananas are taking you straight to Rio

Planning to watch the upcoming Olympic Games? Even if you can't go to Rio, Rio can come to you in the form of games-watching snacks, and we've got the perfect thing: Brazilian-style fried bananas, all golden with caramelized sugars. Actually, you need to make these even if you're not watching the Olympics. They're that good.

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You can eat these bananas as they come out of the skillet, or you can dress them up with honey, ice cream, coconut, nuts and more.

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These caramelized bananas are taking you straight to Rio
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Serves: 4 – 8

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 4 – 6 minutes | Total time: 14 – 16 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 bananas, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon until they are completely combined. Set aside.
  2. Cut each banana lengthwise, and cut each half evenly into 2 pieces.
  3. In a large, cast-iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter until it begins to bubble. Add in 4 – 5 banana quarters cut side down, and cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle on the cinnamon-sugar, mix generously, and flip the bananas, cooking for an additional 2 – 3 minutes. Sprinkle the bananas again with a generous amount of cinnamon-sugar, and serve hot.

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