This banana sauce is the perfect topping for pancakes or waffles, or eat it plain like banana applesauce!
My girls LOVE applesauce and could eat it nonstop.
Applesauce doesn’t hold that same appeal (except my mother-in-law’s homemade applesauce which is just ridiculously good and not even in the same ballpark as the kind I buy in bulk at the grocery store).
But this banana sauce?
It’s basically banana applesauce and it’s SO good.
I would definitely eat a bowl of this.
I usually make it as a half batch and we use it as a pancake topping.
The original recipe from a sauce cookbook I got years ago was super fussy (straining through a cheesecloth because heaven forbid your banana applesauce include any fiber whatsoever) and included a ton of sugar, plus some harder to find spices.
Needless to say, I’ve WAY streamlined it.
It’s the perfect way to use up some bananas that are looking a little sad (and apples for that matter) and the honey and lemon make it bright and delicious.
It’s SO good on pancakes or waffles, and I also love it stirred into some Greek yogurt.
Basically, I should just be writing a little love sonnet to the banana sauce because I love it so much.
(P.S. If you need a good pancake recipe, I promise, this is one of the best ones on the planet).
Banana Sauce Recipe
This banana sauce is the perfect topping for pancakes or waffles, or eat it on its own like banana applesauce!
- 4 ripe bananas peeled and diced
- 2 apples peeled, cored, and diced
- 2 cups water
- 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey
In a saucepan, combine the bananas, apples, and water over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until the apples are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add the lemon juice and honey and stir well.
Blend the mixture until smooth, either with an immersion blender or in a traditional blender (just make sure to vent the top because it will be hot!).
Photos by Heather Mildenstein
Can this be stored and reheated? I assume it’s best warm? Looks amazing!
Janssen Bradshaw says
Yes! It reheats beautifully!
This looks so good and my kiddos are nuts for bananas! I might try to sub in a little maple syrup for that classic pancake flavor 🙂
Karen Gallagher says
This looks absolutely delicious! We are in the middle of a messy kitchen remodel. Once we are finished, I am going to live on your website and try all of your scrumptious recipes!
Darma Madison says
I used your recipe for inspiration so thought I’d share my results. I had applesauce and wanted to try adding banana for a plant strong fresh pancake topping and your recipe was the closest I could find. Using the immersion blender (in a mason jar) is key and so fast to clean up! The blender takes away gritty apple texture and blends flavors beautifully. Sorry I didn’t measure — I usually weigh for exactness but you just need to be in the ballpark for this. Hubs raved and liked with cinnamon, too. I stuck with banana/apple flavor and will add a squeeze of lemon next time. This made enough for 3 servings. I would rather not have leftovers.
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 cup – 1 ½ applesauce
2 tbsp honey
Rebecca Bivins says
This is delicious! Quick & easy to make & a great way to use up bananas & apples that may 😉 have been sitting around for too long. The tartness from the lemon juice is perfect with just enough honey to sweeten it. And blending it takes care of any wierd texture. Thanks for a great recipe!
Bethany Ferguson says
Do you add lemon for flavor or browning?
Janssen Bradshaw says