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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The Best Banana Bread

Rating: 3.61 stars
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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.

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
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Get a healthy start with lean protein from milk and yogurt, plus fiber from oats and banana.

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 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.

Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3.68 stars
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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.

Healthy Morning Muffins

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

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.

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Rating: 3.63 stars
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For a handheld treat that takes the cake, try these cute confections -- they combine the flavor of classic banana bread with a creamy spiced frosting.

Hummingbird Cake

Rating: 3.63 stars
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Rumor has it, this crowd-pleasing Hummingbird cake got its name because every bite makes you hum with delight.

Morning Glory Muffins with Banana

Rating: 3.64 stars
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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.

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.

Streusel Banana Bread

A marvelous hybrid of coffee cake and banana bread, that's this moist loaf with its nutty cinnamon-brown-sugar-pecan-streusel topping.