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Aaron Sanchez’s Bananas Faustos

This homemade, flavor-packed dessert is as easy as uno, dos, tres thanks to one pantry essential: canned sweetened condensed milk.

Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (for Dulce de Leche)

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

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Aaron Sanchez’s Bananas Faustos


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 to 4 tablespoons Dulce de Leche (below)
3 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise, then crosswise
¼ cup spiced rum
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk



Melt the butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the Dulce de Leche and mix with a heatproof rubber spatula until well combined. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the banana slices, stir to coat them, and cook for 3 more minutes. Take the pan off the heat, stir in the rum, and return the pan to the heat. Cook for 2 more minutes, stirring well to coat the bananas with the sauce.

Transfer the bananas and sauce to plates, or spoon them over vanilla ice cream. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

Dulce de Leche

Pour the milk into the top of a double boiler and put it over a pot of barely simmering water. Keep the water gently simmering for 2 hours, adding more hot water as the water evaporates. Start stirring once the milk begins to thicken, once it does, after about 30 minutes, stir every 15 minutes or so.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:

Nutrition Information Per Serving (does not include ice cream):
Calories 169; Total Fat 6g (Sat 4g, Trans 0g); Cholesterol 17mg; Sodium 25mg; Total Carbohydrates 24g; Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 18g; Protein 2g; Vitamin A 207IU; Vitamin C 6mg; Calcium 58mg; Iron 0.2mg; Vitamin D 4IU; Folate 14mcg

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 9%; Calcium 6%; Iron 1%