Bananas in Red Stuff (a.k.a Strawberry Glaze)

What do you get when you combine a bunch of ripe bananas with strawberry glaze? Bananas in red stuff, a dessert that’s simultaneously light, filling, refreshing, and just the right amount of sweet.

Bananas in Red Stuff

In case you haven’t noticed, there is an awful lot of high fa-lootin’ ness going around in the foodie world today and I try to keep as much distance between myself and anything high fa-lootin’ as possible because that’s just how I like to live. This brings me to today’s recipe. You see, I have achieved my highest culinary dream. I have reached the pinnacle of delicious greatness! I have climbed the highest mountain and crossed the raging seas and I have returned with… bananas in red stuff!

Alright, I know, I could do better on the name. But the thing is, I’ve been calling it that for as long as I can remember, and whenever you ask someone “Hey you know that banana stuff at Shoney’s” they always reply “Oh yeah, you mean bananas in red stuff?”. So today, on Southern Plate, we’re just gonna call it what it is and anyone with eyes can see that it is bananas in red stuff. But if the professionals ask, it’s a bananas with strawberry glaze recipe, okay?

If you are familiar with Shoney’s breakfast bar you know how wonderful this stuff is. It’s the belle of the ball. Light tasting, slightly sweet, filling, and refreshing, I’ve longed (literally, longed) for the recipe for years. Then a few years back Mama and I found ourselves talking about it yet again. We’ve gone over all sorts of possible scenarios from diluted jello to a grenadine-based sauce. The thing is, though, it has to be simple for a restaurant like Shoney’s to turn it out on the scale that they do. It then dawned on us, what is Shoney’s specialty? Strawberry pie. So what would they have on hand at all times? Strawberry glaze!

Oh goodness, folks, we’ve hit pay dirt! Here’s the recipe for bananas with strawberry glaze and I hope you make it soon.

Bananas With Strawberry Glaze Ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Strawberry glaze
  • Bananas (you want your bananas to be ripe, but not overly ripe because we want a little firmness left in them).

How to Make Bananas With Strawberry Glaze

Pour glaze into a mixing bowl.

Pour your glaze into a mixing bowl.

Add water to mixing bowl and blend.

Using the container the glaze came in, fill it up with cold water and pour that into the mixing bowl as well.

Now mix this on medium speed until completely blended.

It really helps to do this with an electric mixer because it’s just globby and slightly annoying to do it with a spoon. 

slice bananas into a medium bowl.

Now slice your bananas into a medium bowl.

Make the banana slices kinda thick so they will hold up better when you are stirring them up in our next step.

Pour strawberry glaze over bananas.

Now pour your strawberry glaze over the sliced banana in your bowl.

Stir to coat then cover and refrigerate.

And give them a good stir to coat.

Cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or until well chilled.

Oh, this is gonna be so good!

Spoonful of bananas in strawberry glaze.

Just for you, I dished it all out into pretty little dessert dishes to take a photo and spent a few minutes pretending I wasn’t going to eat it all myself. 🙂


Leftover bananas in red stuff will only last a couple of days when stored, covered, in the fridge. Any longer and the bananas will begin to turn brown.

Recipe Notes

  • Lots of places offer this “red stuff” near the strawberries and there are tons of different brands and such. Now, I’m firmly on team sugar-free glaze. However, I’m here to tell you that the sugar-free glaze tasted nothing like the regular glaze. It wasn’t bad, it was just very different. It was so different that I actually ended up throwing it away and going back to the store for the regular glaze. So I’m gonna recommend you get the regular glaze to make this. You understand, right?
  • If you want to make a fruit salad with strawberry glaze, add a quart of fresh strawberries (halved) and 1 can of pineapple chunks (drained) to the banana slices.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve bananas with strawberry glaze?

Now, I just like to eat it on its own. However, this would also be excellent as a dessert topping. Serve it on top of slices of pound cake, on top of pancakes or French toast, or with a serving of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream – the possibilities are limitless. 

You may also like these other Southern banana recipes:

Caramel Banana Pie (a.k.a Easy Banoffee Pie)

How To Make Homemade Banana Pudding From Scratch

Frozen Banana Pudding Cups

Homemade Banana Pudding with Meringue Topping

Banana French Toast with Pecans From Mama’s Kitchen

Grilled Bananas – Best Kept Secret

Bananas With Strawberry Glaze

What do you get when you combine a bunch of ripe bananas with strawberry glaze? A dessert that's simultaneously light, filling, refreshing, and just the right amount of sweet.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bananas
Servings: 6
Calories: 90kcal


  • 4-6 medium bananas
  • 1 10-ounce container strawberry glaze


  • Place glaze in a medium bowl. Fill the empty glaze container with water and pour that into the bowl as well. Mix with an electric mixer until completely blended.
    1 10-ounce container strawberry glaze
  • Slice bananas in thick slices into a separate bowl. Pour glaze over them and stir to coat.
    4-6 medium bananas
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for several hours to chill. Serve cold.


Calories: 90kcal
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  1. Here is a homemade substitute for the red stuff-probably cheaper than buying the glaze. OK -the glaze saves time , but I think because I am retired I have more time than money these days.

    1 box strawberry gelatin.
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    dash of salt
    1/2 cup sugar
    Mix till well combined and stir in 2 cups cold water. Cook and stir to a rolling boil and then let cool before adding the bananas or sliced strawberries or better yet, both.

    1. What size is the box of gelatin, elaine? I see both the small and large ones at the grocery store. Thanks. Marsha

      1. I am sorry-I should have specified the three ounce size for the homemade glaze which will make about two cups. Actually for a family sized bowl you might want to use the 6 ounce size and simply double the remaining ingredients. I have never added the additional water as called for in Christy’s recipe. I think you will just have to judge how thick you want it when you add the bananas.

  2. HeeHeeHee It just hit me…I use a butter knife to cut bananas too!! It has never dawned on me to use an actual knife. Thank you for the aha moment and the laugh. Love your posts!

        1. I still use a butter knife too when slicing bananas, but I think it is because the nanas are so slick that it is much safer, and trust me, I need all the safety nets I can get in my life lol!

    1. I just realized that not only do I use a butter knife, but so does Mama! I bet Nanny started her out that way and forgot to tell her she’s a big girl now! : )

    2. the butter knife story reminds me of one where the gal divided her roasts into 2 pans to bake them because her mom did it that way. Turns out the tradition went back to grandma, who, when asked gave the reason for 2 pans was that was what she had, not 1 big pan where the roast fit in it’s entirety. No one had asked before, just did what they saw she did. LOL!

  3. I have a very simple recipe for a cheese ball that is ALWAYS a hit….one Philedelphia cream cheese at room temperature, one packet Ranch Party Mix and paprika. Stir the packet of Ranch Party Mix into the cream cheese (i dont even use the mixer). I don’t use the whole packet just about 3/4’s of it and stir together well then form into a ball and roll in paprika. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve with Sociables. Its a great dip and people beg for the recipe!!!

  4. Christy! I love your thinkin’, girl! After reading the name of this recipe (Bananas in red stuff), and after reading your take on high falootin’ cooking, I have decided you and I are really twins separated at birth!!! I, too, am just an old fashioned Southern cook. I love watching all the cooks (oops! chefs) on TV, but they drive me crazy with their fancy presentations—you know, like putting salad on top of their steak, or something! (Even my other sister Paula Deen has started taking on some of those “airs”–but I digress). It is so refreshing to read your thoughts on food and to read your down-to-earth, honest-to-goodness wonderful (normal food) recipes! I also LOVE the way you show pictures for the steps of things—that’s even better than watching it on TV!!! You’re the best—please don’t let all the fame change you!! Stay grounded! I love everything about ya, Sista!

  5. Your cookie bar recipe is one of the simplest and best I’ve made. Since discovering it a few months ago, I’ve made it dozens of times, with choc. chips, butterscotch chips, M & M’s, and white choc. chips. Last night I even made it with the expensive name brand choc. chips (the ones that are very large and look like little cow patties) which I picked up at the discount grocery store for less than the off brand at Wal Mart. I will take it to church tomorrow for the youth. My husband helps with youth, and they love it when he brings these cookie bars with him to Sunday School or another function. Thanks for this great recipe.

    1. You are the BEST! LOVE SO MANY OF YOUR RECIPES. ALL turn out great. Believe me I’ve thrown away some of other’ s recipes.
      I love your comments. I know hanging out with you would be a blast. Thanks so much.

  6. ~pouts~ You mean my guess about a 2 ingredient recipe using (1) Hot dog and (2) bun was wrong? ~sighs~ I guess I will go buy me some of this strawberry glaze later today and cut up my bananas for yet another easybreezylemonsqueezy recipe on Southern Plate. Thanks for the fun post and sunny colors to usher Springtime into our worlds today. Love ya! T.

      1. The simplest one I have heard of latey is from my daughter Shayla. take one boxed cake mix of your choice and mix one 12oz can of soda- pop she uses diet mix and bake as the box tells you to. it is pretty good.

      2. Ham Roll Ups
        Open fridge.
        Grab a slice of ham sandwich meat.
        Grab a slice of American cheese. Put on top of ham.
        Roll it up.
        Eat it while standing at fridge with the door open. ( in case you need another one.

    1. Christy; I have made this recipe several times, and I have found that if you use lemon-lime soda instead of water, it makes it even better, and the lemon-lime soda helps to prevent the bananas from turning brown!

      1. I have two of those white bowls. My Mom found them at yard sales and I love them. Also have several of those dessert glasses thanks to yard sales.

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