Is there anything more warm and cozy than the sweet scent of bananas baking away in the oven? The next time you have ripe bananas that need to be used, skip the banana bread and make this cheerful Lemon Banana Cobbler!
There’s something so comforting about a cobbler. Whether it’s Fresh Strawberry Cobbler topped with a biscuit topping or this sweet and tart confection, it’s always a family favorite. Using just a few simple ingredients and coming together in less than an hour, this dessert is perfect for any night of the week.
Lemon Banana Cobbler takes six simple ingredients and transforms them into an easy sweet treat. As the sugared banana bake with the cobbler crust, they slightly caramelize and become something completely new.
- Bananas – The star of this banana cobbler. You want to pick ripe bananas for the maximum amount of sweetness and flavor. They also keep this cobbler tender and moist.
- Self-Rising Flour – Part of why this easy cobbler recipe requires so few ingredients is the use of self-rising flour. It combines salt and baking powder with all-purpose flour. This is also a great ingredient to make biscuits.
- Sugar – Sugar is used to both lightly sweeten the cobbler portion of this dessert, and also help the bananas slightly caramelize as they bake.
- Milk – Provides the liquid for the cobbler portion of this dessert. Use whole milk for the most flavor and richness.
- Lemon – Both the juice and the zest is used to give this dessert a bright sunny pop that balances the sweetness.
How to Make Lemon Banana Cobbler
Have you ever wanted to make a sweet treat on a Tuesday just because? While some desserts are more labor intensive and are suited to weekend baking, this cheery cobbler recipe is perfect for any day of the week.
Time needed: 50 minutes
A lemon kissed cobbler crust is combined with sugared bananas for a cozy and sweet treat.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Add your butter to the baking dish and allow it to melt in the oven.
Add your flour, milk, and lemon zest and juice to a bowl and mix to combine.
Pour the batter on top of the melted butter. Arrange the banana slices on top of the batter and lightly sprinkle the remaining two tablespoons of sugar over the top of the cobbler.
Allow the lemon banana cobbler to bake for 45 minutes or until it is golden brown and slightly puffed.
How to Serve Lemon Banana Cobbler
This is one of those desserts that will perfume the entire house and have your family flocking to the kitchen. It is best served warm straight from the oven. Top it off with cold vanilla ice cream or even cool whipped cream. No judgement if your dive into the baking dish for a bite first!
For a slightly different flavor profile, you can swap out the lemon juice and zest in this recipe for sweeter Meyer lemon. You can also use orange juice and zest.
Just like this easy fruit cobbler only requires a few ingredients, you only need a few tools to easily bake this up at home.
- Mixing Bowl
- Baking Dish
This is one of those desserts that you want to eat warm, straight from the oven. However, it can be stored for up to three days covered in the refrigerator. You can reheat it in the oven on a low temperature between 275-300 degrees.
Top Tip for Lemon Banana Cobbler
Using self-rising flour makes this dessert easy and budget friendly! However, if you don’t have self-rising flour you can make it with pantry ingredients you already have, flour, fine salt, and baking powder. Add one cup of flour, one and a half teaspoons of baking powder, and a quarter teaspoon of fine salt to a bowl and mix to thoroughly combine. This will ensure that the leavening agent, the baking powder, is properly distributed. You can use this for other baked goods such as pancakes, biscuits, and certain types of bread.
Because of the baking powder in self-rising flour, it has a shorter shelf life than other types of flour. For the best results only make enough for your recipe calling for it. In addition, the flour used in self-rising flour is usually a little softer than all-purpose flour. This means your final product won’t be quite as tender if you make your own.
Lemon Banana Cobbler
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 whisk
- 1 baking dish 11" oval or 9×13 pan
- 2 bananas, halved
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tbsp for topping
- 1 cup milk
- 1 stick butter
- juice and zest from 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Add the butter to the baking dish and place in the oven until the butter is melted.
- Add the flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, lemon juice and zest, and milk to a bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Pour the batter over the melted butter.
- Top with the banana halves.
- Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of sugar over the top.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly puffed.
- Serve warm with ice cream and enjoy!