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Air Fryer Bananas

You only need minutes to whip up these Air Fryer Bananas! Caramelized to perfection in the air fryer and filled with nut butter, chopped nuts, and melted chocolate chips, they taste 10x more indulgent than they really are. Gluten-free & Vegan. 

an air fried banana stuffed with peanut butter, walnuts and chocolate and topped with a scoop of ice cream

Air Fryer Bananas – guys, this is one of the easiest and most versatile air fryer desserts you can make. There are only a handful of ingredients going into this with lots of room for variations so if you have bananas and some kind of nut butter or sweet spread, you can make air-fried bananas. 

What I love about making these banana boats in the air fryer is that you don’t need to fuss around and wrap them with aluminum foil as you would if you were to bake these in the oven. You can pop the stuffed bananas into the air frier unwrapped with the peel still on.

These air fried bananas are a cross between a banana boat and a banana split so if those are things you enjoy this recipe is for you. They are one of those snacks that you will definitely crave the next day. 

Of course, to turn them into air fryer banana splits, you would have to serve them with scoops of ice cream. Vanilla is my favourite but homemade yogurt ice cream or even nice cream would be great too.

a spoon being dug into an air fried peanut butter and chocolate stuffed banana boat

I went with peanut butter, chopped walnuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and dark chocolate chips and LOVED this combo but I cannot wait to try more nut and seed butter combos! The chocolate melts into the warm caramelized cinnamon-kissed banana flesh and you can mix all that sweet hot and fudgy goodness together and scoop up a bit of cold vanilla ice cream. OMG! 


  • bananas – ripe but not too soft 
  • nut butter: any nut or seed butter you like, peanut butter, sunbutter, almond butter, cashew butter, or hazelnut butter. Nutella would probably also be very very delicious but I would then skip the chocolate chips
  • nuts: chopped walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios
  • chocolate chips – dark or milk chocolate, sugar-free and/or dairy-free if you prefer 
  • cinnamon – I love adding cinnamon to my desserts and I find it goes really well with the deep rich flavor of caramelized banana. It makes the whole dessert taste a bit like banana bread. You can skip it if you are not a fan.


For this delicious banana dessert, we start with preferably ripe bananas for the best sweetest flavor. You know, the ones with a few brown spots here and there.

a picture demonstrating how to slice a banana open lengthwise to fill it for making banana boats

Leaving the peels on, cut each banana length-wise from one end to the other, leaving about 1/2″ of banana uncut at both ends. Only cut about 1/2″ deep so as not to go all the way through the banana ( see picture above) 

a banana being cut open and filled with peanut butter to make Air fried bananas

Now we start filling! Before filling, lightly pinch or squeeze each of the ends to shape them into boats and if you want, fluff up the flesh inside just a little bit. Then start filling them with approximately a tablespoon of peanut butter or any other nut butter such as almond butter, and spread it from one end to the other. Add walnuts, chocolate chips, or whatever else you want to add.

a spoonful of air fried banana mixed with melted ice cream, chocolate and nut butter

Place on a piece of parchment paper to keep your air fryer clean. Then air fry for 5-6 minutes. Alternatively, you can bake them in a casserole dish or wrapped in foil in the oven at 400F for 8-12 minutes. This will caramelize the banana, so keep an eye on them and cook for as long as that takes.

Once the bananas are done, remove the basket and allow them to cool before adding extra toppings.

I sprinkled them with cinnamon after frying and I added a scoop of ice cream but this is completely optional.  Other great toppings would be Greek yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup and granola (like a breakfast banana boat), homemade caramel sauce, whipped coconut cream, or cool whip. Get creative and enjoy!

Lately, I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with air fryer desserts (like my my Air Fryer Pineapple or Air Fryer Apples) and cannot wait to find more air fryer hacks for making delicious easy desserts. What’s your favourite air fryer dessert or do you have a hack you want to share with us? Leave me a comment below!

Yield: 1 serving

Air Fryer Bananas

Air Fryer Bananas

You only need minutes to whip up these Air Fryer Bananas! Caramelized to perfection in the air fryer and filled with nut butter, chopped nuts, and melted chocolate chips, they taste 10x more indulgent than they really are. Gluten-free & Vegan. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 banana
  • peanut butter, all toppings are optional
  • walnuts
  • chocolate chips
  • cinnamon
  • ice cream


  1. Heat air fryer to 400F.
  2. Cut open your banana and add a generous amount of peanut butter. Then add walnuts (or any type of nut) and chocolate chips.
  3. Air fry for 5-6 minutes or bake in oven at 400F for 8-12 minutes (this will caramelize the banana, so cook for as long as that takes).
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon. I added a scoop of ice cream too but this is completely optional. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. Kimberly Osborne says:

    Totally enjoyed making these with our International Daughter!! We loved eating them even more!! So easy and so delicious!! Hit the spot!!

    1. Love to hear it!!

  2. Fantastic way to satisfy a sweet tooth quickly! So many topping options and a really great way to jazz up a boring banana.