23 Ways To Make Magic With Bananas: From Muffins and Waffles to Popsicles and More!

Got ripe bananas? We love banana bread, and we have several recipes, but those ripe fruit can be used to create so much more! Indulge in a tantalizing array of banana recipes that are sure to spark your taste buds and leave you craving for more, from quick breads to cakes, muffins to popsicles, cream pies and waffles, pancakes and sorbet – even breakfast cookies and a tropical crisp! Gluten-free and vegan options, too.

Lower Fat, Reduced Sugar Banana Bread

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Guilt-free banana bread packed with flavor and reduced fat and sugar. This is our most popular banana bread recipe. You will never know it is lower in anything! Get the recipe for Lower Fat, Reduced Sugar Banana Bread.

Salted Caramel Banana Cake

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Moist buttermilk banana cake crowned with buttercream frosting and an easy DIY salted caramel sauce. Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Banana Cake.

Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread

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Rich, deep chocolate flavor with bananas and coconut, all in an easy-to-make quick bread. Fancy enough for a brunch with guests – and would be a hit at any bake sale. Get the recipe for Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread.

Banana Coconut Sorbet

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Creamy, dairy-free frozen dessert with ripe bananas and coconut milk. Get the recipe for Banana Coconut Sorbet.

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

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Hearty pancakes made with buckwheat flour and mashed bananas. Get the recipe for Buckwheat Banana Pancakes.

Vegan Banana Coconut Oat Breakfast Cookies

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Vegan cookies made with oats, coconut, and mashed bananas. Get the recipe for Vegan Banana Coconut Oat Breakfast Cookies.

Banana Nut Bundt Cake

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A fancy Bundt cake with caramel glaze and ripe bananas. Get the recipe for Banana Nut Bundt Cake.

Glorious Morning Muffins

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Morning glory muffins packed with bananas, carrots, nuts, and coconut. Get the recipe for Glorious Morning Muffins.

Tropical Crisp

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A crisp dessert bursting with tropical flavors like pineapple, coconut, and banana. Get the recipe for Tropical Crisp.

Chocolate Covered Banana Popsicles

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Creamy popsicles made with coconut milk and mashed bananas. Get the recipe for Chocolate Covered Banana Popsicles.

High Protein Peanut Butter Muffins

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Muffins loaded with peanut butter, banana, seeds, and oats. Get the recipe for High Protein Peanut Butter Muffins.

Poppy Seed Carrot Banana Bread

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Quick bread with bananas, carrots, and poppy seeds. Get the recipe for Poppy Seed Carrot Banana Bread.

Hummingbird Snack Cake

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A simple snack cake with bananas, pineapple, and toasted pecans. Get the recipe for Hummingbird Snack Cake.

Zucchini Banana Bread

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A fusion of zucchini bread and banana bread for the best of both worlds. Get the recipe for Zucchini Banana Bread.

Mini Nutella Banana Muffins

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Moist banana muffins swirled with homemade Nutella. Get the recipe for Mini Nutella Banana Muffins.

Nana’s Banana Bread

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A family recipe based on buttermilk and ripe bananas. Get the recipe for Nana’s Banana Bread.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Tender muffins with bananas and dark chocolate chips. Get the recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Mocha Banana Smoothie

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A rich smoothie with chocolate, coffee, and bananas. Get the recipe for Mocha Banana Smoothie.

Banana Cream Pie

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Classic banana cream pie with a gluten-free and lactose-free twist. Get the recipe for Banana Cream Pie.

Banana Carrot Chia Corn Muffins

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Muffins combining banana bread, carrot cake, and chia seeds. Get the recipe for Banana Carrot Chia Corn Muffins.

Banana Bread Muffins

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Banana bread in muffin form, perfect for on-the-go snacking. Get the recipe for Banana Bread Muffins.

Buttermilk Banana Cake

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Gluten-free and lactose-free banana cake perfect for layering. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Banana Cake.

Banana Oat Waffles

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Waffles made with oats and mashed bananas for sweetness. Get the recipe for Banana Oat Waffles.

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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