Banana recipes are a favorite in our house! Naturally sweet and delicious, bananas are the perfect fruit to cook with.
Before we get into all our banana recipes, did you know a banana is actually considered a berry? Bananas are low in calories, high in potassium and one of my favorite fruits to keep on hand. They are so versatile!
Freeze them for thick and creamy smoothies, substitute bananas for oil in many recipes, or feed a hungry little one. But if you want to get a little more creative, try one these amazing banana recipes! My personal favorites are the chocolate chip banana bread, and banana pudding for a crowd!
Banana recipes for days
This list is full of the best banana recipes you can find on the internet. Everything from muffins, to bread, so smoothies – even grilled banana recipes!
Easy to make and perfect for an easy breakfast or quick snack! Save your overripe bananas in the freezer so you’ll always have some on hand for your favorite banana recipes.
This banana recipe for chocolate chip banana bread might be my ultimate favorite banana recipe of all time. If you’re not sure which of our banana recipes to make, start with this one!
This coffee smoothie made with coffee, almond milk, and bananas is the perfect guilt free pick me up. And a great start to our collection of banana recipes!
Admittedly this noatmeal doesn’t sound like it should be included in our list of banana recipes, but alas! This delicious oatmeal substitute is sweetened with ripe bananas!
Spoiler alert: one of the ingredients is bananas. When you’re low on motivation but still have a craving for sweets, this is the perfect cookie recipe. They come together quickly, and the kids can help with the icing and sprinkles if you decide to get fancy with them!
Banana pudding is a family favorite! It’s mildly sweet, inexpensive to make and this recipe serves a crowd.
If we’re talking banana recipes, what’s more nostalgic than a banana split? When we were kids, we would go to the ice cream shop and get a banana as a reward for good grades. Don’t forget the cherries on top!
Seriously, is there anything you CAN’T wrap in crescent dough? Sweet and decadent with just the right amount of salty tanginess from the blue cheese, these are a perfect appetizer to “wow” your guests!
The subtle sweet flavor in these pancakes is so good, you won’t even realize they are actually good for you!
Paleo doesn’t have to mean “tastes like cardboard” and these Banana Nut Muffins are the perfect example of that!
This clean eating whole food recipe relies on honey, applesauce and real maple syrup for sweetness, making it a great healthy option.
Ditch the over processed pre-packaged junk and whip up a batch of these tasty blueberry muffins instead! You’ll feel better and your kids won’t notice the difference.
Tools for making Banana Recipes
- Santuko knife – My favorite knife for cutting vegetables! This knife is the perfect size and shape, handles great, and is super reasonably priced. Also, I just love that it’s fun and colorful!
- Silicone baking mats – Nothing sticks to these! Whaaaa?! Perfect for baking sugary cookies, or cheesy croissants. You know why? Because nothing sticks to these!!!
- Bundt pan – Using a bundt pan is the best way to make any cake look fancy and fabulous. Doesn’t matter if it’s a straight out of the box cake mix with canned icing – this bundt pan will make it look grade A!
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything. Cookies? Yes! Steak? Yes! Cake? Oh yeh! Roasted veggies? Uhhhh huh!
I’ll be honest, my first reaction was, “Whaaaa?” But after checking out the ingredients, it sounds delicious! The recipe still starts with the base ingredient of chickpeas, but after that it’s practically banana bread. Dip graham crackers or gingerbread cookies into this dessert hummus for a sweet treat!
With the batter piled sky high and then crowned with that fantastic crumb topping, this mildly sweet cake is a show stopper! Greek yogurt is the secret to keeping it moist and tender while baking. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this for breakfast or dessert!
A classic pie in cookie form? Sign me up. Getting a pie crust just perfect can be a huge pain, so why not skip that step altogether? Everyone knows cookies are better, anyway. Pipe the filling into the cookie cups for a pretty, finished look.
If you’ve ever wanted dessert for breakfast, this is the smoothie for you! It takes advantage of a powder mix for an extra boost of protein and staying power. Add a touch of whipped cream and graham crackers to get that delicious banana cream pie flavor! Of all the banana recipes, I think my kids would like this one best!
Think “apple crisp” but in banana form. This recipe is unique because you DON’T want to use an overripe banana. It needs to have enough starch still to hold up to the baking process. Add a dollop of ice cream when this is fresh from the oven for that delicious hot and cold sweet sensation!
These cupcakes are light and airy thanks to the extra step of whipping the egg whites. Topped with creamy peanut butter and cream cheese frosting, they are jam-packed with flavor! Add some rich chocolate drizzle for a little “wow factor” when serving.
The recipe for these chewy cookies was originally spotted on the back of a C&H package. They are light, fluffy, and taste great with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee! Banana recipes for cookies are great!
What can you make with a lot of bananas?
When I have a lot of bananas, I like to make a huge batch of chocolate chip banana bread. Banana bread freezes well, so you can keep on or two loaves out for the family to enjoy and freeze the rest for later.
What can Bananas replace in a recipe?
In many cases bananas can replace eggs in a recipe, bananas can replace oil in a recipe, and bananas can replace sugar in a recipe! Banana recipes are great because bananas are such a versatile ingredient.
Serve these while they are still hot and fresh so they stay nice and crispy. The banana is warm and soft and it makes for a great quick and easy dessert. Top with a drizzle of syrup or honey, ice cream, or ice cream toppings.
If you make these cookies, you can enjoy them for breakfast OR dessert! Banana and Oatmeal are both healthy and breakfast items. And who hasn’t had chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast? So really when you put all of that together, eating cookies for breakfast sounds quite normal and something we should all be doing more of. 🙂
The oatmeal in these muffins gives you a slightly chewy texture while the yogurt and oil make the muffins soft and tender. Pecan brown sugar topping is just enough to give you a slight crunch and just the right amount of “sweet” to let the banana flavor and spices come shining through.
Who knew you could make yeast bread with bananas? I can’t get over how many banana recipes there are! Toast it and spread with butter and a little honey for a sweet breakfast treat!
Eclairs are so rich and decadent! Add some bananas to the classic breakfast for a clever twist. I’ll take two, and a cup of coffee, please.
This is one of those pies that will always be the first to disappear at a party, so if you’re planning on making this for a gathering, I would suggest you make a few!
It’s banana bread with a little extra “kick!” It’s a moist, tender quick bread with loads of banana flavor.
Buttermilk makes a cake so tender and flavorful! Bananas just take this cake over the top! Dust with walnuts for a pleasant crunch and your guests will be going back for seconds.
A campfire classic, banana boats are an easy treat around the fire. They cook right in the peel! It’s a slightly healthier S’more. 🙂
Hm. How could we make banana cream pie even better? Add caramel. YES.
The cherry glaze on top is what makes this quick bread more like dessert than breakfast. It’s stuffed with chunks of beautiful Ranier cherries and chocolate chips. Yum!
Can you make banana bread with fresh bananas?
You can make banana bread with fresh bananas, but it won’t be as good as if you let them ripen. The sugars in bananas continue to develop as they ripen so that’s what makes the banana bread taste so great. A fresh banana will have a more starchy flavor. Keep scrolling though, we have some great banana recipes that call for fresh bananas!
Can you eat old bananas?
You can eat old bananas so long as they haven’t spoiled. A banana with a black peel can still be delicious, but if you see mold or bugs on the banana then skip it.
Everyone knows chocolate and bananas go together perfectly. Adding raspberries give this breakfast treat another layer of flavor. No more boring cereal for breakfast!
Anytime you read “stuffed” in the title of a recipes, it’s pretty much a guaranteed success. Top it with chocolate and people will be swooning.
Coating the outside of banana bread with cinnamon and sugar creates a delicious crust! It also makes it easy to get out of the loaf pan after baking.
Make this recipe in a loaf pan or as mini muffins. Using coconut milk adds great flavor and moisture to this simple treat!
The crispy outside and creamy inside are a perfect combination. Serve with ice cream and it’s a delicious and decadent way to finish a meal.
When that craving for sweets hits, don’t ruin your healthy diet! The caramel is what makes these banana bites delicious- just don’t eat them all. 😉
This is like fruitcake, but if you give it away, it won’t mysteriously end up in the trash. 😉
Luscious is the perfect word to describe this cake! It’s loaded with rich flavors, especially in that caramel frosting!
This mini dessert is a light and refreshing way to finish the meal. Don’t skip the pineapple-that’s the best part!
Can you believe you can mix this entire recipe in the blender?!? It’s full of good-for-you ingredients, too.
If green smoothies aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy an easy breakfast favorite. The classic combo of peanut butter and banana make this smoothie more like dessert!
Pumpkin adds a subtle flavor to this moist and decadent banana bread. Don’t forget the drizzle on top!
Pumpkin isn’t just for fall-enjoy this pumpkin banana cake any time of year. Why should fall have all the fun?
Popsicles are an inexpensive summer treat, and kids love the flavor combination of strawberry and banana. (Don’t worry, adults are welcome, too!)
Can you lose weight by eating bananas?
You can lose weight by eating bananas! Bananas are healthy and filling and are the perfect snack when you’re on a diet. They are even zero points on Weight Watchers.
What goes well with a banana?
Bananas go well with many flavors but some of the most popular are peanut butter, chocolate, nuts, and honey. These banana recipes explore a ton of different banana flavor options – there’s even one with blue cheese!
Chocolate is clearly the star of this banana bread variety! That frosting is enough to make you want to lick the screen. Now that’s the way to do banana bread!
Treats can be difficult to make when you can’t have eggs or dairy, but these vegan blondies take care of that without sacrificing taste! Banana recipes for every diet!
This sweet treat is familiar and comforting while also satisfying, thanks to the Greek yogurt!