Here are all the best ripe banana recipes for cooking with this popular fruit! Pick from banana bread, pancakes, muffins and more.
Got some ripe bananas on hand? This fruit is so versatile! Its sweet flavor and moist texture makes it the ideal addition to baked goods, smoothies, or banana peanut butter sandwiches. Here’s our collection of all of our very best banana recipe ideas for using this popular fruit! Banana bread, muffins, pancakes…even bananas foster, that classic rum and bananas dessert you get to light on fire!
Got a few overripe bananas and not sure how to use them? Here’s a classic Banana Muffins recipe with your name on it! It’s exactly what you want in a muffin: tall with a mounded top that’s glittering with crunchy sugar. Inside it’s moist and sweet, with just the right fruity banana essence. Take one bite, and we think you’ll agree: these banana muffins are pretty perfect.
Banana bread is a kitchen staple, and we’re confident this one needs to make its way into your recipe rotation. This easy banana bread recipe uses just one bowl and common pantry ingredients to make the very best loaf. It bakes up golden, moist, perfectly sweet and scented with a hint of cinnamon. There’s no need for secret ingredients: just ripe bananas and 15 minutes.
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.
Imagine: creamy, tropical-scented ice cream that requires no ice cream maker or ingredients other than the blackening fruit on your countertop. You’ve probably heard about one ingredient banana ice cream: and we’re here to tell you it’s worth the hype! When you’ve got ripe bananas, this is one of the best ways to use them!
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!
Got ripe bananas ripening on the counter? Try Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! This recipe takes the standard up a notch by using browned butter, infusing a rich, nutty flavor into the entire loaf. It’s perfectly moist, studded with semi-sweet bits of chocolate and scented with just the right hint of cinnamon.
Here’s a fun way to transform banana bread into a decadent breakfast treat: Banana Bread French Toast! This is the ultimate breakfast or brunch for banana lovers: the moist, dense texture of the quick bread is ideal for frying until golden brown and cinnamon-spiced. Topped with bananas, chopped pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup, it’s a luxurious way to start the day (that’s honestly more like dessert).
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 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.
If there are two fruits that go hand in hand, it’s tart blueberries and fruity sweet banana. They meet in perfect harmony in this Blueberry Banana Bread! Any kind of banana bread always hits the spot, but this one is a favorite around here. It’s moist, sweet, and punctuated by bursts of tangy purple berries. This quick bread is the ideal use for those brown bananas sitting on your counter.
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!
This banana pudding recipe is a Southern classic! It's flavored with ripe banana and vanilla essence and is perfectly creamy and rich from the addition of egg yolks and heavy cream. via Grandbaby Cakes
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.
Need a healthy sweet treat? Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie: made with good-for-you ingredients but tastes like a milk shake! Put them together and you’ve got this one! It’s rich and chocolaty, but made with bananas, oats and honey. Blend it up for busy mornings or afternoons where you need a quick pick-me-up: it even doubles as a healthy dessert!
Want to bake up an impressive cake? This 2-layered cake is ridiculously moist and fluffy. It also makes an excellent breakfast treat with only 10 minutes of prep time, without the frosting. It's easy and stick-to-the-back of your fork moist! via Immaculate Bites
Got ripe bananas on hand? There are infinite ways to use them, but here’s one fruit-packed way that’s a must try: Banana Blueberry Muffins! They’re light, fluffy and lightly sweet, packed juicy purple berries that add a blast of sweet tart to each bite. Sprinkle with crunchy turbinado sugar, and they’re perfect for simple breakfasts or sweet snacks.
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!
What's better than a silky vanilla cream layer spread over sliced bananas, set in a buttery pastry crust? This is one of the most popular banana recipes there is: and for good reason. via Spend with Pennies
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.
Want to turn bananas into a cocktail? Try this Banana Daiquiri! This spin on the classic daiquiri is one of our favorite frozen drinks for impressing guests because: it’s just that irresistible! It’s got a pure banana flavor complimented by the zingy lime, vanilla and oak notes of aged rum, and a hint of orange liqueur on the finish.
Got a few extra dark bananas ripening in the fruit bowl? Try this Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe! These are pretty darn perfect, and we’re not quite sure how to describe the magic. Moist and sweet, they’re vanilla scented with just the right hint of cinnamon and pure sweetness from the banana. They’re studded with rich chocolate chips, then topped off with a glittering sprinkle of crunchy sugar. There’s a total “wow” factor, but the recipe is straightforward and simple.
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!)
1 ½ cups mashed banana (about 3 large or 4 medium)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)
Turbinado sugar, for topping
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 12 muffin cups to a muffin tin.
In a medium bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
In another medium bowl, mash the banana. Whisk in the egg, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a spatula, and stir until a smooth batter forms. Avoid the urge to overmix. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups.
Bake the muffins for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden on top. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool fully, about 1 hour. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container at room temperature, refrigerated up to 1 week or more (allow to come to room temperature before serving), or frozen up to 3 months.
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