We love banana bread, so we rounded up the best recipes. 

By Sarra Sedghi
Updated: June 21, 2019
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Anna Theoktisto  

Who doesn’t love banana bread, aside from those poor souls who hate bananas? A beginning baker’s favorite, banana bread is simple, flavorful, and reliable—a treat that’s as foolproof to make as it is enjoyable to eat. We scoured the internet for the best banana bread recipes out there, and we have a feeling you won’t be disappointed. Whether you like your banana bread classic or with a fun twist, these recipes are a delight to bake and eat. 

Miso Banana Bread with Yuzu Glaze

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If you haven’t incorporated miso into your baking yet, Coastal Living's Miso Banana Bread with Yuzu Glaze is a great place to start. A little bit of umami, courtesy of miso paste, paired with tart yuzu glaze will take your banana bread to a whole new level. The miso’s salty taste highlights all that banana bread sweetness. 

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Allrecipes' Gluten-Free Banana Bread recipe is everything banana bread should be, with the added bonus of not containing any gluten. It’s moist and fluffy rather than overly dense or crumbly, as many gluten-free banana breads often turn out. Trust us, nobody will be able to tell the difference. 

Banana Banana Bread

Looking for a denser banana bread recipe with more of that trademark banana flavor? This Banana Banana Bread from Allrecipes is super saturated and moist thanks to its upped quantity of banana. Go ahead and bake an extra loaf, because this one won’t last. 

Chocolate-Tahini Banana Bread

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Chocolate and bananas is never a bad idea, but adding some tahini to the mix will blow your mind. Cooking Light's Chocolate-Tahini Banana Bread is a great alternative for those who suffer from nut allergies but still crave a little bit of earthiness in their banana bread. 

Nana’s Banana Bread

What’s the secret for a delightfully fruity banana bread? Banana chunks for texture and a teaspoon of lemon juice that adds brightness. There’s no need to double the recipe for Southern Living's Nana’s Banana Bread (unless you want to!) as this recipe yields two loaves. 

Test Kitchen’s Favorite Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread

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Go ahead and stash those overripe bananas in the freezer—that’s the secret to Martha Stewart’s Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread, which relies on banana juice for its otherworldly, syrupy flavor. Semisweet chocolate chips, ground cardamom, and some cinnamon bring everything together for a loaf everyone will love. 

Vegan Banana Bread

Vegans, rejoice: There’s no way we’d forget about you. Real Simple's Vegan Banana Bread gets ample moisture and sweetness by using coconut milk yogurt and vanilla soy milk as emulsifiers. Even people who do eat dairy will enjoy this one, especially since it’s lower in saturated fat. Stir in some chopped walnuts for even more texture and flavor. 

Banana Butterscotch Bread

Mixing chocolate chips into banana bread is a given, but butterscotch chips? Genius. This Banana Butterscotch Bread from Allrecipes does exactly that, yielding a result that deviates from the typical loaf. You could also try this with white chocolate chips for a twist that’s still mind-blowingly delicious. 

 

 

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