Grilled Bananas and Pineapple with Coconut-Caramel Sauce

Grilled fruit is naturally sweeter thanks to the carmelization of the natural sugars, but we take it even further in this grilled dessert recipe by brushing bananas and pineapple with butter and sugar.

Grilled Bananas and Pineapple with Coconut-Caramel Sauce
Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 4 - 6 mini Manzano bananas, unpeeled, or 2 ripe but firm bananas, unpeeled

  • 4 pineapple slices, 1/2 inch thick

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • ½ cup dulce de leche

  • cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoon dark rum (optional)

  • 3 cup coconut or vanilla ice cream

  • cup raw chip coconut, toasted


  1. Prepare grill for direct heat. In a small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, and allspice.

  2. Leaving the peel on, cut bananas in half lengthwise. (If using regular banans, halve and cut each half crosswise into thirds.) Brush cut sides of bananas and both sides of pineapple slices with the melted butter. Sprinkle cut sides of bananas and both sides of pineapple with sugar mixture. Grill directly over medium 5 to 6 minutes or until bananas soften and peels begin to pull away and pineapple slices are charred and tender, turning pineapple slices once.

  3. Meanwhile, for sauce: In a small saucepan* combine dulce de leche, coconut milk, and, if desired, rum. Cook and stir mixture over medium-low until heated through.

  4. Coarsely chop pineapple and remove banana peels. Serve fruit over ice cream and drizzle with sauce. Garnish with toasted coconut. Serves 6.


To make the sauce in the microwave, stir together dulce de leche and coconut milk in a microwave-safe bowl (mixture will not be smooth). Microwave 1 minute or until warm and smooth, whisking twice. If desired, stir in rum.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
25g Fat
57g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 105mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 30mg 150%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 315mg 7%
Folate, total 18mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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