10 Best Banana Bread Recipes

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Got a few overripe bananas lying around? Don’t throw them out. Making banana bread is the perfect way to use them up and have breakfast (or dessert!) all week long. You can’t go wrong with a traditional banana bread recipe, but you might also like to try one of our favorite twists by adding nuts, chocolate chips or a tasty spread.

Momma Callie’s Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter (pictured above)

The sour cream in this pecan-studded banana bread offers a slight tang and guaranteed moisture. Don’t forget to serve with homemade honey butter for a decadent finishing touch.

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Banana Bread with Pecans

Tyler Florence whips the bananas into a fluffy cream before adding chopped pecans and even more mashed banana to the batter. The result is moist and light, with a crispy crust.

Banana Bread Waffles with Bananas Foster Sauce

Can’t decide between banana bread and waffles for breakfast? With Bobby Flay’s recipe, you won’t have to choose; he puts slices of banana bread right into a waffle iron until they’re crispy on the outside but tender on the inside, then tops the whole thing with creamy, rum-laced Foster sauce.

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Healthy Marbled Banana Bread

Good news: you can satisfy your banana bread craving without overindulging. This recipe is made with half whole-wheat flour, so it’s a lighter option, but there’s a chocolatey swirl to please your sweet tooth.

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If simple, classic banana bread is what you crave, check out this tried-and-true recipe, which has earned a 5-star rating based on nearly 1,000 fan reviews.

Banana Bread with Vanilla Bean Pecan Butter

The vanilla-pecan butter that Bobby Flay makes to complement his cinnamon-y banana bread is spiked with bourbon and a pinch of sea salt to create a sweet, nutty spread.

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Glaze

This chocolate lover’s dream from Food Network Magazine has an unexpected flavor in the spiced batter: grated orange zest, which brings a welcome pop of freshness.

Bananas Foster Bread

If bananas Foster is your go-to dessert, take a page out of Damaris Phillips’ book and try it in the form of a sweet glazed banana bread. She puts rum extract right into the batter, and tops it off with a spiced rum-and-brown butter glaze that seeps into the warm bread.

Tropical Banana Bread

“Think of it as a tropical vacation for your food!” the chefs in Food Network Kitchen say of this easy banana bread made with coconut oil instead of butter. There are even toasted coconut flakes in the batter for added tropical flavor, and macadamia nuts for a crunch.

Blueberry-Banana Bread

Blueberries and banana are a classic combo, and here this duo pairs up with fragrant spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.