Here are all the best banana recipes for cooking with this popular fruit! Banana bread, pancakes, muffins…and even the classic bananas foster.
Bananas are oh so versatile! Their sweet flavor and moist texture make them perfect for adding to baked goods, smoothies, or on a banana peanut butter sandwich. There’s nothing Alex and I love more than the subtle sweet flavor of banana wafting from the oven.
Here’s our collection of all of our very best banana recipe ideas for using this popular fruit! Banana bread, banana muffins, banana pancakes…even bananas foster, that classic rum and bananas dessert you get to light on fire! (And yes, you can make it at home.) Let’s get to the recipes!
One of our top banana recipes: our "famous" banana bread muffins! These healthy muffins are made mostly of oats and bananas, blended together in a blender. They're sweetened with maple syrup and so light and fluffy, you'll never believe there's no flour! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home.
Here’s the ideal healthy banana recipe, easy and full of irresistible flavor: banana baked oatmeal! This incredible recipe is wholesome and filling, and it’s made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. It happens to be a vegan baked oatmeal, but it pleases absolutely everyone. Serve it for guests or even better, make up a big pan and eat off of it all week! You can cut it into “bars” for quick snacks, too. Topped with a little nut butter and banana slices, it’s a decadently wholesome treat.
Do you like your banana bread…nutty? Meet this ultra classic banana nut bread! This one is just like Grandma’s: moist and cinnamon-scented, with bursts of crunchy walnuts throughout. To take it over the top, toast the nuts in a skillet to bring out their nutty undertones before gently folding them into the batter.
Here’s the only recipe you need to create lazy breakfast magic: our go-to Banana Pancakes recipe! This one is totally classic: with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. You can customize it to different diets, and to the amount of bananas you have on hand. It’s totally flexible for you and your morning!
Here’s a favorite banana recipe that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: chocolate covered bananas! We know, this concept it not new or revolutionary. But man, is it perfect for a sweet treat craving! The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. Here’s the new thing for us: making small chocolate covered banana bites! It gives you a healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits.
Here's a classic banana recipe: bananas foster! Bananas are sauteed in a gooey sauce of caramelized sugar and rum, and served over ice cream. There’s usually a flame too, which brings in over the top drama! This recipe works for two, though the quantities can be enough for four small dessert portions. The best part: you can make it in 10 minutes!
Here's the perfect banana smoothie! It’s got just the right creamy texture and beautifully banana-forward flavor. Even better: it’s made with unfrozen bananas! Most banana smoothies call for frozen bananas, but this one you can whip up in minutes.
Imagine: a bite that’s perfectly chocolaty, crunchy on the top and moist on the inside. Yes, these chocolate banana muffins are calling you! They’re the perfect texture, not too rich and just sweet enough. These muffins have become one of our favorite banana recipes…ever.
Got a grill? Then you absolutely must try the revelation that is grilled bananas! This grilled spin on the flavors of bananas foster is the perfect end to a dinner on the patio. Each tender bite is flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s made even more perfect with a little melty vanilla ice cream: restaurant quality with very little effort!
Looking to mix up your mornings? Try this creamy Banana Oatmeal! Adding banana to your morning oats adds a little natural sweetness and creamy texture. It’s offset with warm spices and vanilla to make a cozy and easy breakfast.
What's better than a good banana nice cream? Instead of buying ice cream, throw frozen bananas and blueberries berries into a blender with coconut milk or yogurt! It's instant berry banana ice cream, blended into frozen goodness. It's a healthier take on ice cream that's just as fun to eat!
Here’s a vegan banana muffins recipe that will make everyone say, “Wow!” They’re fluffy and just sweet enough, with the perfect banana flavor. Even better, a streusel topping gives every bite a little crunch and extra touch of sweet. You’d really never know these are vegan, and they work for eaters of all diets!
Want a cross between banana bread and chocolate cake? This dark chocolatey banana bread is just the right amount of moist, sweet and banana. Topped with chopped walnuts for a little crunch, it's got all the right textures. Add dark chocolate chips for more decadence.
These banana blueberry muffins has a little secret: it’s pretty darn healthy! This muffin follows our blender muffin formula: oats, maple syrup and bananas are whizzed in a blender to create a quick batter. This version has blueberries stirred in for a tangy kick, and they’re seriously good.
This tasty french toast recipe uses bananas in two ways: both in the bread soak and caramelized on top! It's a nutrient-filled, whole food rendition of the traditional brunch recipe. And wow, is it delicious! Might we suggest slathering with a bit of peanut butter too?
These tasty fruits are more than just delicious: they’re packed with nutrients. Here are some of the benefits of bananas (source):
Full of fiber, about 10% of your daily value is in 1 banana (3 grams)
High in potassium, which is good for heart health
A source of prebiotics, which is good for gut health (though may be best experienced in bananas that are not baked!)
Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the bananas into pieces as you add them. Blend everything on high for a minute or two until a smooth batter forms.
Place 9 muffin cups into a muffin tin and pour the batter divided evenly between the cups; the amount of muffins will depend on the size of the bananas and type of oats*. Sprinkle the tops with extra oats and gently press them down.
Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes* until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the muffin tin and allow them to cool a few minutes before serving. Store refrigerated or frozen.
*Note: The amount of muffins can depend on the size of the bananas and the type of oats. If you get more than 9, bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.