Best 5 Banana Bread Recipes

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One of those timeless recipes that almost everyone has a memory of enjoying, classic banana bread is a buttery, just-sweet-enough loaf that pairs perfectly with a morning cup of coffee or an after-dinner scoop of ice cream. The secret to making the best-tasting banana bread is using overly ripe bananas. You know those super-soft, dark-brown nanners that have been sitting on your counter for the last seven days? Use those — they’ll offer the most-concentrated banana flavor and ensure moist, rich bread. Check out Food Network's roundup of its best five banana bread recipes, a mix of classic and creative loaves that your whole family will enjoy.

Best when spread with a pat of butter, drizzled with honey or served with vanilla ice cream, this five-star recipe is an easy-to-prepare classic that won’t disappoint.

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Food Network Magazine takes classic banana bread to the next level by adding to the batter decadent chocolate chips and covering the loaf with a shiny chocolate topping.

Melissa d’Arabian’s mom adds a splash of fresh orange juice to her chocolate-studded bread, which delivers subtle citrus flavor and moisture.

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Banana Bread with Pecans

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Tara Donne

For added texture to his buttery banana bread, Tyler keeps his mashed bananas a bit chunky and mixes in finely chopped pecans.

This straight-from-a-restaurant recipe uses a combination of oil and sour cream —instead of butter and milk — to make the bread extra soft and moist.

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