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This sweet, light and easy banana simple syrup is the perfect addition for your next beverage or dessert. This perfect sweetener has just the right amount of tropical fruit flavor to really enhance your food or beverage. So, drizzle some on, sit back and enjoy the sweet paradise flavor.
🥂What is Banana Simple Syrup?
Banana simple syrup is an easy to make three ingredients sweetener where all you need is bananas, sugar and water and a one-to-one-to-one ratio. This lightly sweet and fruit flavored sweetener is perfect to add to teas, coffees other beverages and desserts.
Regular simple syrup itself is simply an easy liquid sweetener. It often times is used to sweeten beverages since it is easier and quicker to dissolve with a less gritty texture than regular sugar.
Adding a flavor to simple syrup is super easy. Especially fruit flavors, you usually only need to just add a single fruit and with the water and sugar. Some other common fruit flavored syrups include pear syrup, pineapple syrup and watermelon syrup.
And, if all that wasn’t enough, here are a few other reasons to love this recipe:
- Simplicity. This recipe only takes three ingredients to make. Two of which you likely have in your kitchen right now, water and sugar.
- Nothing artificial. This is a great recipe because it doesn’t have any artificial preservatives or flavorings. It’s all real ingredients.
- Super quick. You only need about 10 or 15 minutes to get this mixed up. You simply toss your ingredients into a pot, heat them together, strain them and then chill them.
- Masher (optional)
- Wooden Spoon (or any long handle spoon)
- Mason jar or Small Pyrex
- Measuring Cup
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 Banana – Make sure it’s ripe as the riper it is, the sweeter it will be.
Grab your banana, sugar, water, measuring cup, saucepan, masher or wooden spoon, strainer and jar with a lid.
Take your sugar and measure one cup. Then, add that to the saucepan.
Take your banana, peel it, slice it. Measure out about 1 cup which is about one banana worth and then add that into the saucepan.
Take your water and measure one cup. Then, add that to the saucepan.
Place your mixture in the sauce plan at medium heat on stove top. Simmer it while stirring frequently for around 10 minutes.
While it’s heating you want to kind of mash the bananas to really release their flavors.
Once you’ve heated everything together for around 10 minutes you want to strain it. Pour it through a fine much strainer to remove any banana pieces.
Then, take your jar place the lid on it and stick it in the refrigerator. It should chill for about 2 hours to thicken and cool.
⭐How to Use
You can use this syrup on so many foods and in so many beverages. Here are two ideas you’ll want to try:
- Banana soda. Add a few ounces of this to some plain soda water to have a sweet, fizzy banana flavored soda.
- Banana cocktails and mocktails. Add a little of this to a banana margarita, banana martini, frozen banana daquiri or any banana flavored mocktails.
- Coffee and tea. You can add a little of this into hot or cold coffee or tea to have a sweetened and flavorful beverage.
- Pancakes, waffles and other breakfast. Drizzle this on top of your pancakes, waffles, muffins or French toast in order to have a sweet banana breakfast.
- Oatmeal or yogurt. Stir a little of this in to some oatmeal or Greek yogurt to have a sweet banana flavor.
- Banana Milk. Add 2 oz of this syrup straight into an ice cold glass of milk for a creamy banana drink.
If you’re looking for a few possible variations to this recipe, here are some suggestions:
- Use different sweetener. The granulated sugar works well in this recipe, but having a different sweetener such as honey or brown sugar can bring in some different flavors it actually work really well with the banana flavor.
- Ramp up the sugar. Especially if you’re not using super ripe bananas, you can use a little extra sugar in this recipe if you want. Though the ratio is usually one to one sugar to water, some recipes call for up to a 2 to 1 ratio.
- Add some additional flavors. Banana flavor pairs well with a wide variety of other flavors. You can add some of those in to create a more complex flavor in the syrup. A few suggestions include:
- Vanilla, add one teaspoon.
- Citrus, add 1 teaspoon of lemon lime or orange juice.
- Other fruits, add a few cherries, blackberries or mango.
- Cinnamon, add one teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
💭 Top Tips & Storage
Follow these important process and storage tips in order to maximize your syrup making experience:
- Mash the bananas. Make sure to mash your bananas both as a heat and as you strain the syrup to get all of the flavor possible out of them.
- Use super ripe bananas. The riper your banana the sweeter it will be. You want to use a banana is ripe as possible. Bananas get more yellow and get more brown spots on them the riper they are.
- Proper storage. You’ll want to keep this in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 weeks in an airtight container such as a Pyrex or mason jar with a lid.
- Proper freezing. If you need to keep it more than the two to four week time frame, you’ll need to freeze it. Simply for the syrup into an ice cube tray. Then, once it’s frozen, pop the cubes out and put them in a freezer bag.
Banana Simple Syrup
- Masher optional
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Cup
- Small Pyrex or Mason Jar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 ripe Banana
- Slice up the banana and toss it into the pot.
- Measure out 1 cup of water and toss it into the pot.
- Measure out 1 cup of sugar and toss it into the pot.
- Heat the mixture on the stovetop at medium heat while it simmers for 10 minutes.
- Stir frequently while heating. You can use a masher while heating to press all the banana juice out well.
- Take it off the heat and pour through the strainer to remove any large banana pieces.
- Put the banana syrup in a small pyrex or other jar and stick it in the fridge for 1 – 2 hours to cool.
- Don’t boil the mix while heating to prevent burning.
- Use a masher to get the most banana flavor into the syrup.
- Leave it to cool for 1 – 2 hours so it gets thick before using it.
- Keep it in a jar with a lid or other airtight container for up yo 4 weeks.
- If it won’t be used within 4 weeks, you can freeze it.