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

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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. Oops sorry for the typos! It should say fill up the whole bottom & break some so there are no empty spaces…….Cool Whip looks best on top

  2. I learned this Southern recipe when we lived in Cataula, Georgia. Mary Davis shared it with me when I tasted her dessert and simply had to ask for the recipe. Get ready…

    Real Cookies ‘n Cream

    2 blue pkgs original Chips Ahoy cookies
    Big tub Cool Whip (off brand works just fine)
    Milk in a bowl (about 2 cups)

    In a deep bowl or casserole dish, line the bottom with cookies you’ve dipped in milk. Don’t soak ’em, just dip! Fill you the whole bottom, beak some of em so there’s no empty spaces. Add some more too on top of the others. Then spread a nice layer of cool whip (not a ton though.) Repeat with the cookies. Keep on going till you get to the top or you run out of cookies. Cool Whip looms best on the top. Sprinkle cookie crumbs and even poke some broken cookies here and there so it looks artistic.

    That’s it! It tastes better if you make it the night before. I was shocked that was all there is to it. 3 year olds can make it! I could make it with both eyes closed. But it tastes like you really worked at it. Who knew? ❤

  3. My daughter and I love these “bananas in red stuff” over almond cookies. Its our favorite dessert. Thank you for this easy recipe.

      1. I used to get them at a Chinese restaurant but found a recipe that is close so just tried it today. Will let you know when we finish the red stuff.

  4. I was so elated to find this because I always looked forward to eating this at Ponderosa! I was surprised that it is glaze though. It tasted like bananas and strawberry jello. It’s my birthday tomorrow so I wanna get the stuff to make this!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU… I am like you… I am not up on the pedestal like some… simple and easy is my way and you may find it funny that I too, have always called it “the bananas in the strawberry stuff!” Have a great evening! Denise Evans

  5. Thanks for all your great recipes & I really enjoy your stories & encouraging words! I had to chuckle when I read about the butter knife. I am 67 years old, & have always sliced bananas with a butter knife. Still do!

  6. Wow, so excited to find this. Thank you. Now if the glaze is gluten free like Joy wonders, my mom will also be very happy.

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