7 Ways With Bananas

Go banana fanna fo-fanna crazy over this popular fruit.

  • Split from Banana Standards
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Split from Banana Standards

    Bananas slip easily into lunch boxes and bowls of cereal, but this favorite fruit makes a delicious contribution to hotcakes, desserts, and even a main dish salads. The next time you're in the kitchen, add an extra serving of fruit–and a punch of fresh flavor–to the menu.

  • 5 Spot Banana Pancakes
    Story by Maureen Callahan, James Carrier

    5 Spot Banana Pancakes

    Bananas make these highly-rated pancakes taste out-of-this world light and fluffy. Try them for brunch or breakfast, or put your PJs, plug in a DVD or favorite reality show, and dine on these fast-fix hotcakes for supper.
  • Brennan's Bananas Foster
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Brennan's Bananas Foster

    This ultimate, and world-renowned, bananas foster recipe dates back to the 1950's, when it originated at New Orleans' Brennan's Restaurant. It's a sinfully good concoction of rum, banana liqueur, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sliced bananas.
  • Banana Cream Pie
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Anna Williams

    Banana Cream Pie

    Homemade vanilla pudding and sliced bananas line a store-bought pastry crust to make a pie that looks like a bakery masterpiece. Need to make the recipe even quicker? Substitute instant pudding in place of homemade.
  • Chutney Chicken Salad
    Story by Maureen Callahan, James Carrier

    Chutney Chicken Salad

    Sliced bananas, currants and bottled chutney add sweet flavor to this easy chicken-and-basmati-rice salad. While the recipe calls for leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, canned chopped chicken, or deli turkey will all work just as well.
  • Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter–Pecan Frosting
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Banana Bars with Pecan Frosting

    Part cake and part bar cookie, this dense banana-rich indulgence is sure to be a hit at pot lucks and large family gatherings. A tender moist crumb makes the cake stand out on its own, but the sweet buttery icing puts this dessert off the charts.
  • Burnt-Caramel Rum-Banana Tart
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Annabelle Breakey

    Burnt-Caramel Rum-Banana Tart

    Store-bought puff pastry and sliced bananas make this tart easy to assemble, but the simple caramel sauce, made-from-scratch blend of heavy cream, sugar and dark rum, ramps up the homemade flavor. If you're running low on time, substitute a bottled caramel topping or chocolate sauce for the homemade one.
  • Sweet Coconut Tapioca Soup with Bananas (Che Chuoi)
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Karry Hosford

    Sweet Coconut Tapioca Soup with Bananas (Che Chuoi)

    A blend of coconut milk, sugar, tapioca, and bananas, this easy Asian dessert soup can be served chilled or at room temperature. Try it as a wonderfully sweet ending to a meal of stir-fried rice, pad Thai, or Kung Pao chicken.
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