Guatemalan Bananas with Sweet Cream

Guatemalan BananasBananas are delicious on their own account! but with little effort, you can create some incredible desserts.  In Guatemala, bananas are popular, as you can imagine, and a huge variety of food is made from or accompanied by bananas.  Guatemalan Bananas are delicious and cinnamony and light, all-around fantastic.  Place these bananas on pancakes, brownies, or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and they are decadent.

Great in its simplicity, this quick and easy recipe for Guatemalan bananas with sweet cream is a Guatemalan dessert often served as a mid-afternoon snack. The subtleness of the vanilla and the sweetness of sauteed fried bananas will make this traditional Guatemalan food a sure hit with your kids! Plus, the creamy sauce gives this Guatemalan dish a decadent finishing touch, the perfect dessert for any mealtime!

Easy Guatemalan Dessert Guatemalan Bananas in Sweet Cream

Guatemala is blessed with nice, warm weather, the perfect setting to grow this tasty fruit yearlong. We love sliced bananas in our morning yogurt, in a yummy banana pie for dessert, or simply as a peel-and-eat snack you can have anywhere! 

Bananas are a big part of traditional Guatemalan cuisine, often sold by street vendors across the city. I remember going to the mercado, or open-air market, with my grandma and buying a bag of ripe bananas to make one of her tasty Guatemalan food recipes.

Guatemalan outdoor market with fruit bananas and coconuts

My grandma always had a banana recipe up her sleeve; you never knew what tasty treats she cooked that day. From divine Pan de Banano (banana bread) to accompany the afternoon “cafecito” to her famous Chocobananos (chocolate-dipped frozen bananas), she always had the perfect snack! And with this easy recipe for Guatemalan bananas with sweet cream, I honor her love for tropical fruit.

What are the Ingredients for the Guatemalan Bananas with Sweet Cream recipe?

  • Bananas
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla

The main ingredient for this Guatemalan dessert is… sauteed bananas! Then, they are dipped in a creamy sauce made from milk, butter, and brown sugar. The vanilla brings a gentle flavor to the dish, giving this Guatemalan food its distinctive sweet taste. 

Guatemalan Bananas with Sweet Cream Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 bananas
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, plus 4 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon to taste


  • Peel the bananas, slice them in half, then again lengthwise.
  • Warm the butter in a frying pan. Place the four tablespoons of brown sugar in the frying pan and mix well.
  • Sautee the bananas in the butter until they are lightly brown. Set aside.
  • On a saucepan, add the milk, cornstarch, ¼ cup of sugar, and vanilla. Whisk over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Plate the bananas on a plate and top with the warm sweet cream mixture.

What To Serve with Guatemalan Bananas with Sweet Cream?

This Guatemalan dish is a stand-alone delicious dessert or a sweet snack between meals. What’s more, you can whisk this easy Guatemalan banana recipe in under 15 minutes to accompany any savory traditional Guatemalan foods for the perfect family dinner!

Guatemalan bananas with sweet cream Guatemalan dessert
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And since this simple Guatemalan recipe doesn’t have an overpowering taste, it makes for an incredible topping for crispy waffles or a scoop of your favorite ice cream!

Guatemalan bananas with sweet cream Guatemalan dessert

Guatemalan Bananas with Sweet Cream

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Guatemalan Bananas with Sweet Cream are a popular dessert that is healthy and delicious alone or accompanying ice cream , pancakes or other desserts.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 bananas
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar plus 4 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon to taste


  1. Peel bananas, slice in half then again lengthwise
  2. Warm butter in a frying pan
  3. Place 4 tablespoons of the brown sugar in the frying pan , mix
  4. Fry bananas until they are lightly browned. set aside
  5. add milk, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla to a sauce pan
  6. Whisk over medium heat until the mixture thickens
  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon
  8. Plate the bananas and top with the warm sweet cream mixture
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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Other Traditional Guatemalan Recipes

  • Guatemalan Rellenitos: Rellenitos are ripe plantains filled with beans and covered in sugar. This sweet plantain recipe is one of the most delicious Guatemalan foods.
  • Buñuelos: Buñuelos are fried wheat-based dough balls, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, covered in white sugar, and served in a light syrup with a hint of anise.
  • Torrejas: A mouthwatering traditional Guatemalan dessert that uses Panes Dulces (lard or sweet bread) as the main ingredient, dipped in delicious syrup.
  • Champurradas: This is a super easy Guatemalan recipe for champurradas, delicious sugar cookies with the perfect level of crunch to dunk in your morning coffee!

Aside from being delicious, Guatemalan Bananas are also healthy.  These bananas are popular with kids and become an easy way to pack extra fruits into their day. Then, in just 15 minutes, you can serve a dessert the whole family will love or whip something up in a pinch for company.


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3 thoughts on “Guatemalan Bananas with Sweet Cream”

  1. Hola! Great recipe!
    I am thinking about potentially frying up some of these to bring to school for a class presentation on Guatemala. Do you think that they would taste decent with the sweet cream put on them at room temperature? I don’t have access to anything to heat it up with. Gracias!


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