Banana Recipes

You'll go bananas over these recipes. Make an iconic banana bread or muffin, put a new spin on cookies, try one of our delicious healthy smoothies, or add a twist to your breakfast pancakes.

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Banana Cream Pudding

This fabulous version of the favorite Southern dessert boosts the banana flavor by infusing it into the homemade vanilla pudding, in addition to the traditional slices layered throughout.  

The Best Banana Bread

Rating: 3.61 stars 3221
The batter for this easy-to-make banana bread is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture. In order to avoid this quick bread becoming tough and chewy, don't overmix the batter.

Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake

This classic southern cake can be over-the-top sweet. Enter coconut sugar, a sweetener from the sap of the coconut tree's flower buds. While it has no coconut flavor, it does bring a caramelized, almost savory complexity to baked goods. It's perfect in a cake that's plenty sweet (as well as moist), thanks to the fresh banana and pineapple. This recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter).

Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3.68 stars 344
Whip up this three-ingredient healthy smoothie recipe with just three ingredients—nonfat plain yogurt, banana, and frozen blueberries. Feel free to substitute the blueberries with any other frozen fruit you like.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

What's even better than banana bread? Banana bread with chocolate! Kids of all ages will clamor for these tasty breakfast bites.

Banana-Oat Smoothie

Rating: 3.77 stars 901
Get a healthy start with lean protein from milk and yogurt, plus fiber from oats and banana.

Banana Nut Muffins

Here's how to bake banana nut bread in quick and easy individual portions. Stash some in the freezer so you always have breakfasts and snacks ready to go.

Healthy Morning Muffins

Rating: 3.07 stars 148
Full of nutrients, these healthy morning muffins make for a delicious breakfast

Morning Glory Muffins with Banana

Rating: 3.64 stars 1342
These healthy morning glory muffins are surprisingly moist, even though they're low in fat, thanks to nutritious, flavorful add-ins like banana, carrots, oats, and raisins.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.62 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Baked Oatmeal

Baking the oatmeal may seem to be a lot of fuss. But once it comes out of the oven, you will not be sorry you waited.

Martha's Banana Cream Pie

You can make everything but the whipped cream in advance for Martha's take on this perennial crowd-pleaser.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Banana Bread and Beyond: 17 Ways to Bake with Your Favorite Fruit
In the life of a banana, the time between "perfectly ripe" and "overripe" can be but a fleeting moment. That's why banana bread was invented! And that's just the beginning: Transform your past-prime fruit into first-rate muffins, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.
Chocolate-Banana Pudding
Rating: 3.08 stars
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Crisp, thin chocolate wafers are key to this no-bake dessert, layered with chocolate pudding and banana slices.