The Best Banana Bread Recipes

There’s nothing more comforting or nostalgic than a sweet and delicious homemade loaf of banana bread! Here are The Best Banana Bread Recipes to inspire your next mission in the kitchen!

Homemade banana bread sliced on wood.

Why Do People Like Banana Bread So Much?

Almost everyone we know either has a banana bread recipe they love – or a favorite slice from Starbucks! Banana bread is delicious, this we know. But what else is it about this classic quick bread that people love so much? 

  • Banana bread is cozy. There’s something in the sweet flavor and soft texture of banana bread that’s so moreish and cozy. It’s almost impossible to have just one bite! Plus, your house will smell incredible while it’s baking in the oven.
  • It’s meditative. Baking bread is a great cure for cabin fever. Quick bread recipes are often easy and forgiving, so baking becomes a stress-free, comforting activity that passes the time.
  • It’s familiar. Banana bread is one of those nostalgic comfort foods that almost every family has their ties to. The kind of recipe that gets passed down by generations, since it’s never gone out of style.
  • Low-waste. When your bananas sit out for too long, banana bread is the perfect excuse to not let them go to waste. Baking is the best way to use up bananas that are past their prime. Once it’s made, banana bread also freezes well, so you can store leftovers for the long term.
Three sets of bananas at varying stages of ripeness

How to Tell If Your Bananas Are Ripe Enough

Bananas are ripe enough for baking when then skins are streaked with dark brown or, even better, completely brown. If you have bananas that have sat out on the counter for too long – these are likely perfect! The best bananas for banana bread are the overly ripe ones. This is when they’ll yield the best banana flavor in your bread.

36 Easy Banana Bread Recipes to Try

Do you have your bananas ready to go? Try out one or more of these delicious, comforting banana bread recipes. From fresh versions of the classics to something new and different, you’ll fall head over peels for these easy banana bread loaves.

Sour Cream Banana Bread, three ways

Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

Did you know, sour cream gives banana bread the most incredible moist crumb? You need to bake it to believe it! This recipe for rich and tender banana bread recipe also includes easy variations that you can try.

a close up of a slice of banana bread on a wire rack

Moist Homemade Banana Bread

This is the easiest recipe for banana bread that makes a perfectly soft and sweet loaf, with just 10 minutes of prep. Enjoy this homemade banana bread for breakfast or a light snack, or have a slice just because!

Sliced banana bread with chocolate chips on a piece of brown parchment paper

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

All the flavors of cocoa and cinnamon make this homemade banana bread recipe something extra special. Filled with chocolate chips for little bursts of decadence in every bite, you’re going to love this dessert version of your favorite quick bread!

Soft and Moist Pineapple Banana Bread

Pineapple Banana Bread


Take your banana bread on an island vacation by adding chunks of sweet, juicy pineapple to the mix. You don’t even need a mixer (or a plane ticket) to feel all the tropical vibes with this easy recipe!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Banana Bread you will ever try!

The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


This insanely soft and flavor-filled chocolate chip banana bread is truly EVERYTHING. Thanks to a secret technique for packing in even more banana flavor, this is truly the last banana bread recipe you’ll ever need.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe image with title

Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips & Walnuts

Just because you’re living that gluten free life, doesn’t mean you should sacrifice the joy that is a tender, heavenly slice of banana bread. With this recipe, you can easily make your own gluten free banana bread bursting with walnuts and chocolate that’s ultra moist and delicious!

Skillet Chocolate Banana Bread - This wonderfully moist, tender, and delicious chocolate banana bread is baked in a skillet and it tastes just like chocolate cake!

Skillet Chocolate Banana Bread

In case you didn’t know that you can make banana bread in a skillet – now you do! This recipe is honestly a revelation, loaded with chocolate flavor and so easy. This skillet bread tastes like a chocolate cake, made that much better with bananas.

Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe - Easy to make and lightened-up delicious banana bread recipe with crunchy pecans and loads of banana flavor.

Easy One Bowl Banana Bread Recipe

A lightened-up banana bread you can whip together in one bowl. Less clean up, more munching on slices of this easy and delicious banana bread!

top shot of zucchini banana bread

Iced Zucchini Banana Bread

If you’re a fan of zucchini bread, and a fan of banana bread, this recipe is a game changer. The best of both worlds come together in one delicious, wholesome loaf! Drizzled with vanilla icing, quick bread recipes don’t come more full of flavor than this one.

Banana Bread with Pecans and Chocolate Chunks

An easy banana bread made with chocolate chunks and pecans for the most satisfying combination of tender, crunchy textures! This recipe takes things up a notch and elevates your humble banana bread into something really out of this world.

easy Maple banana loaf bread

This moist and tender banana bread is coated in a deliciously sweet glaze infused with pure maple syrup! Loaded with pecans on the inside and the flavors of fall on the outside.

Overhead view of sliced strawberry banana bread on a cloth with a bowl of diced strawberries on the side.

Strawberry Banana Bread (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Prepare yourself for an overload of strawberry flavor with this fun spin on gluten-free banana bread! This recipe made with juicy fruit and healthy ingredients also happens to be vegan, too.

Overhead view of moist and delectable banana bread, sliced, on a table.

Pecan Banana Bread (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Pecans give this gluten-free and vegan banana bread a satisfying crunch that can’t be beat. Another allergy-friendly dessert or breakfast that everyone will enjoy!

Sliced Almond Flour Banana Bread Shown From the Top

The Best Almond Flour Banana Bread Ever

A healthy banana bread recipe made with almond flour that’s paleo friendly and so delicious! Perfect as a hearty start to the day next to your morning coffee. The whole family is pretty much guaranteed to love it!

A Metal Loaf Pan Containing a Loaf of Banana Bread with Thin Slices of Banana on Top

Gluten Free Healthy Banana Nut Bread

This gluten-free banana nut bread is naturally sweetened and full of healthy ingredients for a healthy spin on classic banana bread recipes. The perfect breakfast bread to fuel your day.

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Creamy, tangy cheesecake and moist, sweet banana bread, all in one bite? If it sounds too good to be true, you need to try this recipe! You won’t regret it.

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

This recipe doubles – no, triples – the chocolate factor for a whole new take on banana bread. Featuring cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and chocolate glaze for a triple whammy of epic proportions!

banana bread recipe with rum glaze

Rum Glazed Banana Bread

Boozy banana bread? Not quite, but a sweet rum glaze does add a little something to this easy homemade recipe! Make this moist banana bread the next time you entertain, and prepare to have your guests raving!

Caramelized Roasted Banana Bread with Oat Streuse

Roasted Banana Bread with Streusel Topping


This banana bread recipe is a one-two punch of deliciousness: not only is it made with bananas that are roasted to caramelized perfection, but it’s topped with a delectable crumbly oat streusel. Talk about layers of flavor!

chocolate banana bread

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Soft, sweet, chocolatey banana bread is the ultimate potluck dessert. Of course, kids love it, too. This loaf is topped with a rich and decadent chocolate icing for even more chocolate goodness!

Sourdough banana bread sliced on a wood cutting board

Sourdough Discard (Or Not) Banana Bread


A rustic recipe for banana bread that includes sourdough discard for a hint of tang. And if that’s not your thing, leave it out for a more traditional loaf. It’s a choose your own adventure recipe where, spoiler alert: you end up with insanely delicious banana bread either way!

This HEALTHY Honey Oatmeal Banana Bread is packed with nutrient-dense flours, sweetened naturally and uses just one tablespoon of oil!

Healthy Honey Oatmeal Banana Bread


You’re going to love this naturally sweetened, healthy banana bread made with a blend of nutritious flours, and only a smidge of oil. The perfect feel-good breakfast bread to tuck into in the morning!

This AMAZING cranberry quinoa banana bread is made with only healthy ingredients and is free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar AND uses only 1 tablespoon of oil!

Cranberry Quinoa Banana Bread

If you’re after a banana bread recipe that’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and free from refined sugars, look no further. This easy banana bread loaf made with quinoa and cranberries might just change your life!

Blueberry Banana Bread


A classic banana bread loaded up with blueberries is a surefire way to fill a house with the delicious, sweet, and comforting aromas of fresh baking. You don’t see us complaining!

The intoxicating smell of coconut banana bread will be drifting throughout your house as soon as you pop this in the oven! Super moist and tender; you will want to make a double batch!

Healthy Coconut Banana Bread


Whip up a double batch of this healthy twist on banana bread made with coconut – you’ll thank us later! This recipe makes moist, tender banana bread filled with wholesome ingredients and shredded coconut flakes, topped with a layer of toasted coconut.

Easy Banana Bread


A recipe for banana bread made with all the classic, nostalgic simplicity we know and love! Dress this banana bread up with your favorite add-ins, or enjoy it just the way it is!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread


The most moist peanut butter and banana bread, packing all sorts of delicious flavor. This recipe calls for only 10 ingredients, and you likely have them in your pantry already!

Plate of sliced brown sugar banana bread.

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

One bite of this banana bread brimming with rich, caramelized flavors of brown sugar and you’re not going to want to stop! A seriously delicious recipe with the most munchable taste and texture.

Sliced Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

This peanut butter and banana chocolate chip bread is a ticket to heaven. Moist, fluffy, and velvety all at once, nothing beats the rich combination of flavors in this recipe!

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