Caramelized Plantain Ice Cream Sundae (Easy Recipe)  

Caramelized Plantain Ice Cream Sundae (Easy Recipe)  

Turn an ordinary banana split into a delicious dessert you could only get at a gourmet restaurant. I promise my caramelized Plantain Ice Cream Sundae will deliver.

Caramelized plantains and ice cream in a skillet.

It’s also the perfect dessert for mom. It’s an easy-to-make Mother’s Day recipe that the kids can make with a little help from dad in under 10 minutes. 

She won’t believe her eyes when you present her with this one of a kind sweet treat.

Feast your eyes on this delicious Latin American ice cream sundae!

Plantains are members of the banana family. Like bananas they taste delicious with ice cream.

Sautéeing or roasting brings out the caramelized sweetness of this tropical fruit.

A fork piercing a plantain covered in ice cream.

What are plantains?

Plantains are a fruits similar to a banana that are grown in tropical climate like the Caribbean, Latin America or West Africa.

They change color as they ripen.

A green plantain is considered firm and unripe and as they turn yellow begin to ripen.

As they grow, unripe plantains begin to soften and eventually become sweet plantains.

Like bananas, they develop more sugar as time passes.

Black plantains are the sweetest and are great for making fried plantains.


For this recipe, I used ripe plantains.

I chopped off the ends and slid my fingers down the length of the plantain pulling back the almost black peel to remove it.

I sliced the fruit into half-inch thick round slices, tossed them in a little coconut sugar and fried them in a heavy skillet until they were golden brown.

Then I added a sweet mixture of water, apple juice and brown sugar to the hot skillet to create a syrup.

Two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top and a few almond sprinkles and voilà – your ice cream sundae is served!

Make this plantain banana ice cream sundae for mom and I promise she will be impressed.


  • Use caramel ice cream or whipped heavy cream on top in place of ice cream.
  • Substitute the brown sugar for one tablespoon of maple syrup.
  • Top the dessert with your choice of nuts or flaked coconut.


This sundae would also be delicious to serve to your guests at your next Cinco de Mayo party.

Satisfy their sweet tooth and put a smile of their faces.

Just sub out the 2 tablespoons of apple juice for rum.

 A skillet with sauteed plantains and vanilla ice cream on a table top.

Try these great recipes for your Cinco de Mayo party

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A caramelized plantain ice cream sundae

Caramelized Plantain Ice Cream Sundae (Easy Recipe)

Ali Randall
Turn an ordinary banana split into a dessert you could only get at a gourmet restaurant
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2


  • 1 very ripe, almost black plantain
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Sliced almonds


  • Peel the plantain and slice plantains into round pieces. In a large bowl, toss the slices with the coconut sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • In a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat sauté the plantains in olive oil until they are golden brown and caramelized, about 3-5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl mix together the water, brown sugar and juice.
  • Pour the homemade caramel sauce into the skillet and allow it to reduce into a syrup.
  • Transfer the caramelized plantains and syrup to a dessert dish.
  • Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and sprinkle with slivered almonds.
Keyword Plantain and Ice Cream, Plantain Ice Cream Sundae
Caramelized Plantain Ice Cream Sundae | | Turn an ordinary banana split into a dessert you could only get at a gourmet restaurant.

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20 thoughts on “Caramelized Plantain Ice Cream Sundae (Easy Recipe)  ”

  • Oh my goodness. I have never had ice cream with plantains. I’m tempted to try it out now. Looks so amazing! Pinning!

  • I love plantains, but I think I’ve always had them in savory preparations (ie. tostones). I bet they’d be awesome caramelized like this… I don’t often make desserts (we do a square of dark chocolate), but when I do, I like to keep them simple. This looks like a winner!

  • What a beautifully grown up twist on the ice cream sundae. I really love the addition of the coconut flavours. Stunning photos (I detest shooting ice cream as you have to be so fast)

    • Totally agree with you…whipped cream always gets me. It’s a runny mess in minutes. Lucky for me this was a cold day here in Ohio. I shot it outside on the screen porch.

  • That looks delicious!

    I usually eat my plantains green – good to be reminded that there are other ways… And I like using apple juice in the syrup.

  • i’ve never tried plantain before, definitely curious to know what they taste like – but i’m sure they’re delicious when caramelised like that.

    • They taste a lot like bananas and are just incredibly tasty. I’m sure you’ll love this dessert especially caramelized:)

  • What a gorgeous summer dessert…I love the caramelized plantain…a creative and delicious way to serve it. Pinning this for later. xo, Catherine

  • This is not only a perfect dessert for mom, but a perfect dessert for CincoDeMayo–totally trying this!

  • Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I would have never thought to use plantains in place of bananas!

    • Thanks Ladies…yes…plantains make for the perfect grown up ice cream sundae…enjoy!

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