Air Fryer Bananas

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Air fryer bananas are cooked to caramelized perfection in your air fryer. They're loaded with brown sugar and the delicious crunch of chopped pecans.

Overhead shot of air fryer bananas on cutting board

I've always loved making banana treats and desserts. They're so good when they're all cooked and caramelized! This recipe makes getting that delicious flavor so easy because all you need is an air fryer. These are delicious, kid-friendly treats that both young and old adore.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses 3 ingredients.
  • They're super easy to make.
  • They're sweet and caramelized with the crunch of chopped nuts.
Closeup overhead shot of air fryer bananas on cutting board

Top Tip:

Always preheat your air fryer for even cooking. That's the biggest tip you need for this recipe.


It only takes 3 ingredients to make this recipe. Not only that, but I wouldn't be surprised if you have every one of them in your kitchen right now.

  • Bananas
  • Brown sugar
  • Chopped pecans

See the recipe card at the end of the post for amounts.


It only takes a few simple steps to make this recipe. You'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time. I'm covering the basics here, but you can find the complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Preheat the air fryer and line the air fryer basket with parchment paper.

Overhead shot of air fryer banana ingredients on cutting board

2: Spray the bananas with cooking spray and top with brown sugar.

Closeup shot of hand holding a banana cut in half and topped with brown sugar.

3: Air fry until the brown sugar is melted and crystallizing.

Overhead shot of brown sugar topped bananas in air fryer basket

4: Carefully remove the bananas with tongs or silicone oven mitts. They will be HOT.

Closeup shot of tongs holding an air fryer banana

5: Top with pecans. Carefully remove from the skin when ready to serve.

Overhead closeup shot of air fryer banana.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use light or dark brown sugar for this recipe.
  • Try plantains for a new take on fried plantains.
  • Use any of your favorite chopped nuts.


  • Measuring cups
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Parchment paper
  • Air fryer
Closeup shot of bowlful of ice cream topped with air fryer bananas


Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Freezer: Freeze for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

Reheat: Microwave these bananas at 15-second intervals until hot.

Make Ahead: These bananas are just as delicious when reheated, so feel free to make them a couple of days in advance or make extra to freeze for later.

What to Serve with Fried Bananas

These delicious bananas are so good on ice cream or even when added to something like this ice cream sandwich cake. I also love to serve them as a dessert after my famous air fryer pizza grilled cheese. They're delicious with pretty much anything, honestly.


  • Always preheat your air fryer for even cooking.
  • It's important to spray your bananas with nonstick spray so the brown sugar sticks.
  • Be careful when removing the bananas from the air fryer, as they will be very hot.
Closeup shot of spoonful of ice cream and air fryer banana.


Where do fried bananas come from?

They're a product of the Philippines. It's said that bananas were first fried in Philippino communities located near banana trees and crop fields. They fried the extra bananas that were given to locals.

Are fried bananas healthy?

Usually not. They're often fried in oil, and of course, they have extra sugar. Because these are air fried, they're a bit better for you than traditional fried bananas.

Are bananas and plantains the same?

No, although they look similar. Platinas are larger and starchier. When ripe, they're sweeter than bananas. However, they are not sweet at all if they're on the green side, unlike bananas which have a certain amount of sweetness even before they full ripen.

Can you use plantains in place of bananas?

You can, but the flavor will be a bit different, although still good.

More Sweet Treats

Yield: 8 servings

Air Fryer Bananas

Air Fryer Bananas

These air fryer bananas are easy to make and so sweet and delicious. Bananas are topped with brown sugar and chopped nuts. Yummy!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 3 bananas, sliced in half lengthwise and widthwise while still in the peel
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans


    Preheat air fryer at 350ºF for 5 minutes.

    Line air fryer basket with parchment paper and spray it cooking spray.

    Spray the bananas with cooking spray.

    Press brown sugar onto bananas.

    Place prepared bananas in air fryer basket.

    Air fry for 7-9 minutes or until brown sugar is melted and beginning to crystalize.

    The bananas and brown sugar will be VERY HOT.  Carefully use a tongs or silicone oven mitts to remove them from the air fryer basket.  

    Sprinkle pecans on top. 

    Carefully remove the bananas from the peel and serve them over ice cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 85Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 1g

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  1. These Air Fryer Bananas look incredibly tempting, and your tips are super helpful, especially the one about preheating the air fryer for even cooking. I'm planning to try this recipe soon, but I'm curious, Have you experimented with any other toppings or flavor variations for these caramelized bananas? I'd love to hear your creative twists! 😊
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