How to Grill Bananas

by Amy Hannaford

Serve the grilled bananas with sweet toppings like chocolate sauce and sprinkles.

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Making dessert on the grill is a piece of cake when you make grilled bananas. Grilling bananas brings out their sweetness, but for an even sweeter treat, make grilled banana splits by layering ice cream and grilled bananas and adding other toppings. The grill caramelizes the sugars in the bananas, leaving attractive grill marks and a slight crunch.

Preheat the grill if you aren't already using it. If you are barbecuing and the grill is hot, cook the bananas after you've cooked everything else.

Cut unpeeled bananas lengthwise.

Place the banana, cut side down, on the hot grill. Grill for about 2 minutes or until grill marks appear.

Turn each banana half over and grill for another 5 minutes. Remove them to a serving platter and allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving. You can either remove the banana peel at this point or serve in the peel where the banana can be scooped out and eaten.


  • For cinnamon bananas, sprinkle the banana halves with cinnamon sugar before you put them on the grill. You can also drizzle them with honey before grilling or brush them with melted butter. If you're serving a crowd, consider setting up a banana station with favorite toppings like honey, chocolate sauce, ice cream, whipped cream, chopped nuts and mini marshmallows for guests to build their own decadent dessert.

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About the Author

Amy Hannaford teaches childbirth education classes and a healthy pregnancy series in Southern Oregon. Hannaford holds an Associate of Arts degree, a certificate in medical assisting, and has been a childbirth educator and birth doula for 20 years. She has been writing articles for Demand Media since 2008.