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Bananas Foster Quesadillas with a Caramel Rum Sauce recipe

Bananas Foster Quesadillas with a Caramel-Rum Sauce

Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American, Mexican Inspired
Keyword bananas-foster-quesadillas, bananas-foster-recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes
Servings 4 quesadillas
Calories 379kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 8 8-10 inch flour tortillas
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese softened
  • 2 medium bananas cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup salted butter softened
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 10 oz jar quality caramel ice cream topping OR 14 oz can dulce de leche
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract OR 2 tablespoon dark rum
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving
  • powdered sugar for dusting optional


  • To prepare the filling: In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange zest and vanilla until fully combined. Gently fold in sliced bananas by hand.
  • Divide creamed mixture between four tortillas. Top with a second tortilla. Place flat onto a sheet pan or platter. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. [It's important to chill the filling before cooking.]
  • To prepare: In a small bowl, mix together softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until fully combined.
  • Spread one side with cinnamon butter mixture then place buttered side down into a non stick pan. Brown over medium-high heat. While the first side is browning, spread the butter mixture onto the other side.
  • Cook on medium to medium-high heat until the quesadilla is golden then turn, repeating on the other side.. [The brown sugar caramelizes quickly, don't walk away from the pan]
  • Meanwhile, Heat caramel topping in a microwave safe bowl until it is the consistency of syrup. Mix in the rum.
  • To serve, cut quesadillas into quarters. Drizzle generously with caramel-rum sauce.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar and whipped cream or ice cream. Serve immediately.


  • To lighten the filling, neufchatel cream cheese works beautifully.
  • You can also use light butter for frying. 


Serving: 1quesadilla | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 753IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg