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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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