5 Ingredients or Fewer

Bananas, Brown Sugar, and Cream

June  3, 2015
3 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This was the end-all, be-all dessert for me and my sisters growing up. With only three ingredients, it's the simplest dish around, but the flavors do something incredible when they meld together. Use the best quality cream you can find—it makes a difference. —Posie (Harwood) Brien

What You'll Need
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream (the best quality you can find)
  1. Slice the bananas in 1/2-inch-thick chunks. Divide the banana slices between two bowls. Crumble the brown sugar evenly over each bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of cream over each bowl. Eat!

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Kait Lindsay G
    Kait Lindsay G
  • lgoldenhar
  • booglix
  • Kate McGinnis
    Kate McGinnis
  • Ninfa Arana
    Ninfa Arana

18 Reviews

Moose123 August 7, 2022
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I grew up having this!!! although i believe we just used regular sugar! But it’s so comforting to see others know this delicious delicacy and appreciate it as well! 💚hugs!
CG March 23, 2020
Delish. Another wonderful version is maple syrup instead of brown sugar and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Kait L. December 21, 2017
My self and my cousins ate this growing up all the time, and same with our parents. Our grandparents called it Diddy Dough for some reason. It is my dads side of the families go to comfort food, or snack when we are going to be outside all day doing work.
unread March 14, 2017
That's...a lot of brown sugar. I would go maybe 1-2 teaspoons per serve - bananas are sweet! Otherwise, this is a good combo of flavours. Reminds me of having brown sugar, banana, and milk on porridge - the milk leftover is always the best part.
Bee March 13, 2017
Initially, my thoughts were "Huh.", when I read the recipe. It was the BANANAS that threw me off!

When I realized that I've been eating fresh fruit like this since I had baby teeth, THEN it made sense! LOL I grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Minnesota, and the only desserts we'd have during growing season were what came out of our garden. So, we had Fresh Strawberries, brown sugar and cream, then raspberries, boysenberries, and my favourite: fresh from the tree MULBERRIES! Since bananas didn't grow on our farm, I never would have tried this version but now, I plan to by the end of the week!
lgoldenhar August 9, 2016
Modified slightly by halving the sugar and cream, but kept banana amount same. Probably could have halved the sugar one more time as it was pretty sweet. We enjoyed the recipe very much and you can't beat it for a fast, easy, and convenient dessert (I had all the ingredients on hand!)
karen March 9, 2016
I can eat brown sugar straight out of the bag! A friend once said their mom showed how to break up the lumps while my mom showed us how just to est them!
booglix March 9, 2016
So you just eat it cold while the brown sugar is still crunchy?
Posie (. March 9, 2016
Yep! Cold cream is the best. I like to let it sit for a few minutes so the brown sugar starts to soften and sweeten the cream a bit.
Angie C. September 1, 2015
Delicious, this would be good with maple syrup too ;)
mustardaddict June 23, 2015
Since reading this last week, it has been my after workout snack twice. I am in love.
Momof3Ms June 22, 2015
I like to heat the cream and bananas over low heat and add the sugar after I put it in a bowl. Yummmm. Like a warm banana soup hug!
Kate M. June 15, 2015
This was very tasty! Went a little lighter on the brown sugar though and it was delicious!
karen June 14, 2015
Hi Ninfa. Let me know how you like it!
Ninfa A. July 21, 2015
Hello Karen! Bananas bore me sometimes, so this combo put some Fun into it; loved it.
Ninfa A. June 14, 2015
Simple, yet yummy can't wait to try!
Posie (. June 14, 2015
Yes, hope you try it! Enjoy it on these very hot summer days -- "no bake" is my new mantra.
karen June 14, 2015
My favorite 3 ingredient recipe for banana is pure vanilla ice cream (the kind with natural ingredients), slice banana on top, add a little Hershey chocolate syrup. Yum!