Classic Banana Bread
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."
Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread
Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze
"I'm a sucker for a citrus glaze," says Associate Food Editor Julie Grimes. "It gives this bread an interesting twist."
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
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.
Basic Banana Bread
Morning Glory Muffins
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."
Banana Chocolate Walnut Bread
Buttermilk-Banana Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup
Bananas Foster Bread
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.