Banana Bread Bonanza

A favorite holiday gift, hostess offering, or breakfast treat, any of these banana bread recipes will be welcome at the table any time of year.

  • Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley and Kathryn Conrad

    Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

    A top-rated favorite, this recipe updates the standard banana bread recipe with a coconut crunch and a tart lime glaze. Dark rum adds a festive Caribbean-inspired flavor.
  • Cinnamon Crisp-Topped Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread

    Cinnamon Crisp-Topped Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread

    Dress up your banana bread loaf with a crumbly topping of cinnamon-flavored pecans, butter, and brown sugar.
  • Banana-Chocolate-Walnut Bread
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Banana-Chocolate-Walnut Bread

    Turn a basic loaf of banana bread into a special treat with the addition of chocolate chip and chopped walnuts. Adding flaxseed to the batter gives the bread a hearty, nutty flavor and increases the omega-3 content of the bread.
  • Basic Banana Bread
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Basic Banana Bread

    Add ground flaxseed to a traditional banana bread to add a hearty flavor and additional B vitaminds and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Jamaican Banana Bread
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett

    Jamaican Banana Bread

    Photo: Howard L. Puckett Dark rum, lime, and flaked, sweetened coconut give this easy banana bread delicious Caribbean flair.
  • Eileen's Best Banana Bread
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Eileen's Best Banana Bread

    This top-rated banana bread recipe comes from a Cooking Light reader and has extra health benefits from flaxseed meal, walnuts, and yogurt.
  • Chocolate Banana Bread
    Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon

    Chocolate Banana Bread

    What could make a loaf of banana bread better other than the addition of chocolate chips?
  • Peanut Butter-Banana Bread
    Oxmoor House

    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.
  • Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread

    Chocolate and bananas pair nicely in sweet desserts, so give them a try in this top-rated bread. Our reviewers went bananas for the flavor and moist texture of the loaf.
  • Blueberry-Banana Bread
    Tina Rupp

    Blueberry-Banana Bread

    When company is in town, wake them up with the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread. Blueberries add an extra punch of tart flavor and a vibrant purple hue.
  • Banana-Apricot Bread
    Photo: Maura McEvoy

    Banana-Apricot Bread

    Try a favorite banana bread recpie and add fun ingredients, like dried apricots. Other favorite additions include dried cranberries, white raisins, or chopped nuts. Personalize the loaf and gift it to friends and family.
  • Classic Banana Bread
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Classic Banana Bread

    Even if you usually swear by icings, drizzles, and toppings, a classic banana bread recipe, perfect on its own, is hard to beat. With over 100 reviews, this is one of our top-rated favorites.
  • Mom's Banana Bread
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Martin

    Mom's Banana Bread

    My mom's recipe was the model for this banana bread. The new version is liked so much we make it all the time--at least every two weeks. I think the miniloaves would be a perfect holiday gift.
  • Bananas Foster Bread
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    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.
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