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!
And now…our best banana recipes!
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!)
These banana bread muffins are lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas! They’re made in a blender and easy to make at home.
- 3 large very ripe bananas (1 1/2 cups mashed)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups rolled oats, plus more for topping
- 1/4 cup neutral oil (sunflower, vegetable or grapeseed)**
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 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.
- Category: Baked
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Banana Recipes
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About the Authors
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.