Cooking Light staffers divulge their all-time favorite healthy banana bread recipes.
One of our most basic banana breads, this recipe lives up to its name; it's a classic. Choose very ripe fruit―the browner
the better―for the most intense flavor and a soft texture that mashes and blends easily.
The Classic is a favorite of Executive Food Editor Ann Taylor Pittman. "It's pure banana flavor," she says. "You can't go wrong with this one."
View Recipe: Classic Banana Bread
Melted chocolate chips add an elegant (and tasty) swirl to this gorgeous bread, making it a perfect candidate for gifts and
"I love the fact that this recipe has chocolate in it, which complements the banana flavor," says Tiffany Vickers, Assistant Test Kitchens Director. "Plus, it just looks so pretty."
View Recipe: Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread
All-Time Favorite: This recipe first appeared on the cover of our September 2003 issue. Four years later, it was named one of the 20 best recipes
in our magazine's history for the 20th anniversary issue of Cooking Light. It remains a favorite of many staffers.
"I'm a sucker for a citrus glaze," says Associate Food Editor Julie Grimes. "It gives this bread an interesting twist."
View Recipe: Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze
Peanut butter is whipped into the basic recipe for a moist banana bread with a hint of nutty flavor. A small amount of chopped
roasted peanuts offers delightfully surprising crunch.
View Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Ground flaxseed adds heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and nutty flavor in this Basic Banana Bread recipe. Look for whole
ground flaxseed (sometimes labeled "flaxseed meal") on the baking aisle.
View Recipe: Basic Banana Bread
A healthier spin on banana-nut muffins, this recipe packs just about every healthful ingredient you can put in a baked good―crunchy
walnuts, hearty oats, chewy dried fruit, and more.
A favorite of Special Publications Editor Mary Creel, RD, she praises this muffin for its versatility. "You can eat them for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert."
View Recipe: Morning Glory Muffins
Mini chocolate chips disperse well and melt nicely for the chocolatey glaze.
View Recipe: Banana Chocolate Walnut Bread
A quick-and-easy alternative to traditional banana bread, these pancakes make a tasty weekend (or pretend-like-it's-the-weekend)
treat. Don't have buttermilk in the fridge? Try our Test Kitchens' tip on a simple-to-make substitution.
"I'm not much of a baker, so I love getting my banana-bread fix without actually having to bake," says CookingLight.com Editor Kim Cross.
View Recipe: Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup
This adult interpretation switches all of the sugar to brown sugar and cooks the mashed bananas with butter and cognac or
dark rum. And it's topped with a slightly boozy glaze. Test Kitchen Director, Vanessa Pruett praises, "I love the buttery
banana-cognac flavor in this moist treat. It feels decadent enough to be a dessert."
Like most banana breads, this recipe freezes well. Just be sure to slather on the glaze after you've thawed the loaf.
View Recipe: Bananas Foster Bread
After receiving a banana bread recipe from a friend, reader Eileen Solberg brainstormed about ways to make it a healthier
treat. She started by replacing sour cream with yogurt and reducing the amount of oil. Next, she substituted whole-wheat flour
for half of the all-purpose and added flaxseed meal. The result: a tasty and nutritious top-rated recipe.
View Recipe: Eileen's Best Banana Bread
This 3-ingredient reader recipe has become a favorite among reviewers for its ease and versatility. Says recipe creater Tara
Bennett, "The moist, sweet muffins go with almost anything and are a great way to use a ripe banana."
View Recipe: Banana Corn Muffins
We love the combination of sweet bananas and tart blueberries in this quick bread. Praises one Cooking Light reader, "This bread is supereasy to make. I like to take it to my daughter's play group and watch the other mothers and toddlers
enjoy it. The freshness of the fruit gives a sensational flavor to the bread."
View Recipe: Banana Blueberry Bread
Use a light hand when swirling the batter; too much swirling may lose the stripe effect.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread
A few smart techniques take banana bread to the next level: Cooking ripe banana slices in butter deepens the sweet banana
flavor, while browned butter gives the glaze nutty richness.
View Recipe: Caramelized Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze