Every Way to Make Banana Bread

These inventive twists on the classic (including gluten-free and fruit-sweetened versions) will keep you in quick breads for weeks.

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Our Essential Banana Bread Guide

When you've got a bunch of overripe bananas, there's only one logical course of action: Make banana bread. The quintessential quick bread, banana bread is what many choose to make when craving a homemade sweet. But there's far more than one way to make it; we have 10 varieties here to suit every baker's needs and tastes, each recipe irresistible in its own way.

Classic Banana Bread

This fan-favorite recipe is an essential one to have in your back pocket. 

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Brown-Butter Banana Bread

Taking the extra time to brown the butter for this bread adds ultra-satisfying depth — and the brown-butter glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

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Strawberry-Banana Bread

Bananas and strawberries play nicely together in this sweet and tart quick bread, and a walnut topping offers extra crunch.

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread

A combo of flours made from brown rice and tapioca stands in for all-purpose flour in this bread — but the bread is so moist you might not even be able to tell that it's gluten-free.

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Chocolate-Avocado Banana Bread

Here avocado replaces the butter or oil usually used in banana bread recipes and also makes this treat extra moist. Chocolate pairs well with avocado's savory notes — and it offers extra indulgence too.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter stands in for butter and oil in this quick bread — and also stars as one of the most-irresistible glazes we've ever dreamed up.

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Choco-Chunky Banana Bread

Swirled chocolate creates a pleasing marbly effect in this bread's batter, and plenty of banana chunks offer extra texture.

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Fruit-Sweetened Banana Bread

Surprise! There's no refined sugar in this bread. The sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the bananas, raisins and dates.

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Banana Bread

For an extra indulgence (and a to-die-for flavor and texture combo), swirl some cream cheese filling into the banana bread batter just before baking.

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Banana Bread Napoleon

The four bananas in this extra-fancy banana bread ensure a light texture and pronounced flavor. A tangy cream cheese-sour cream frosting complements the sweetness. Both bread and filling can be made ahead and held, or just assemble right before serving.

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