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: 3.5 stars 3221
It's the best because this is the banana bread recipe that is Martha's go to. She included the recipe in her first book Entertaining and has been making it ever since. The batter for her easy-to-make favorite is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture. Be sure to use really ripe but not bruised bananas and add chopped walnuts or pecans—Martha always goes with pecans. She says your family will "go bananas" for this old-fashioned quick bread.

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.  

No-Bake Banana Split Cake

Caramel, whipped cream, bananas, and nuts, yes, but there's no ice cream in this no-bake dessert. Instead, our banana split cake features vanilla semifreddo, an Italian frozen custard made from cream, sugar, egg yolks, and gelatin. It's easy to slice and slow to melt and is layered on top of a foundation of store-bought chocolate wafers for a cool take on a large format dessert. 

Banana-Oat Smoothie

Rating: 4 stars 901
Get a healthy start with lean protein from milk and yogurt, plus fiber from oats and banana.

Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 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 Fritters

Rating: 3.5 stars 173
Serve these simple, delicious fritters with fresh fruit and a dollop of Greek yogurt for a delicious breakfast.

Bananas Foster Milkshake

The signature flavors from the dessert of the same name inspired this sweet-and-salty milkshake.

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).

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

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 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 Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 870
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Transform Overripe Bananas Into Delicious Treats with Our Best Recipes
From easy snack ideas to special-occasion desserts, there are so many recipes that will turn those speckled bananas languishing in the fruit bowl into something spectacular.
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.
Banana Muffins
Rating: 3.5 stars 421

These banana muffins are moist and delicious and take only a half hour to bake in the oven—making them ideal for breakfast.