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. A favorite easy dish for me is: 1 can crushed pineapple in juice, 1 can fruit cocktail in juice, 1 can mandarin oranges, DRAINED, and 1 pkg. sugar-free vanilla instant pudding mix. Mix together and at serving time add sliced bananas. I try to keep these ingredients on hand for when I need a quick dish. It is also a dish my diabetic husband can enjoy.

  2. My youngest daughter absolutely loved this banana dish when she was a child. We actually asked a waitress for the recipe during one of many visits to Shoney’s breakfast bar. She told us that it was just grenadine syrup! I also cut my bananas with a butter knife

    1. Hey Jane! I use grenadine syrup a couple of times a week in fun mixed drinks for the family. I’ve heard that it was grenadine before as well but making it according to this recipe is spot on exactly how it tastes at Shoney’s. Grenadine is very runny and not gelatinous at all. It’s also very very sweet. I’m sure you could work with it and get it to a gelatin if you add to it though, and play around a bit, but it would definitely take some work. 🙂 I’m still using a butter knife, so glad I’m not alone!

  3. Amazing post as usual. Thank you for sharing your recipes and witty tales. I’m always laughing after reading your post. I’m grateful for your wisdom and your ability and patience to communicate with the public as a whole. Looking forward to reading your next post. Have a great week.

  4. My easy, go-to recipe calls for 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 can fruit cocktail, 1 can mandarin oranges and 1 package instant vanilla pudding. I use the fruit which is packed in juice and sugar=free pudding mix. My diabetic husband can then enjoy the fruit salad.

  5. Oh my goodness, I’ve got to try this! I haven’t been to Shoney’s in years and I don’t remember this dessert. I haven’t seen a Shoney’s in Texas in awhile, though. I’d love to make this for my grandkids but they can be picky about dessert. Imagine that! What’s to be picky about?? Dessert is sweet goodness!

  6. I worked at a Shoney’s in early 1980s. I asked about the “red stuff” and was told it was grenadine. I always loved the bananas in red stuff! I’m sure your version is just as good!

  7. Hay great stuff. But I got a little creative and used this as a pie filling ! Used the strawberry glaze just enough to coat bananas. put them in a prebaked pie crust, One pack of chocolate pudding pored over the top, chilled out in fridge for 15 min. Then topped with Cool Whip. GOOD Stuff.

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