Banana bread is one of the most versatile snacks: You can have it toasted with butter for breakfast, or frost it with cream cheese and bake it in a Bundt pan for an elegant dessert. It’s simple, comforting, and very reliable. And the variations are endless! Here are 15 recipes to test out this baking season.

1. Sour Cream Banana Bread

Our moist, tender, super-banana-y recipe starts as a thick, tangy batter full of mashed banana, and emerges from the oven with a golden-brown crust and an almost cakelike texture.
Photo and recipe from Chowhound.

2. Easy Banana Bread

Master the basics first—you can pull out your fancier baking moves once you’ve perfected this simple and reliable banana bread recipe.
Photo and recipe from Chowhound

3. Banana Oat Nut Bread

With a whole cup of old-fashioned rolled oats and some plain yogurt as well as whole-wheat flour, this recipe for banana bread is about as healthy as it gets. Toast up a slice for breakfast or put some almond butter on it for a protein-filled snack.
Photo and recipe from The Zest

4. Sour Cream Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This banana bread is incredibly rich and luscious thanks to the addition of sour cream and chocolate chips. You can use regular or mini chocolate chips, and this recipe can also be adapted for mini loaves so you can share the love.
Photo and recipe from Savory Sweet Life

5. Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of the few recipes where you can argue that the vegan version is actually better than the original. This banana zucchini bread has sunflower oil and an innovative “flax egg,” which is composed of one tablespoon of ground flax whisked with three tablespoons of water.
Photo and recipe from Lisa’s Project: Vegan

6. Brown Butter Bourbon Banana Bread

Jennifer Perillo’s recipe for an amazingly delicious dessert bread includes buttermilk, bourbon, caramelized bananas, and chopped pecans. It doesn’t get much better. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this is an unbeatable dessert that you can make earlier in the day.
Photo and recipe from Food52

7. Peanut Butter–Honey Banana Bread

You love PB, honey, and banana sandwiches, so why not mix these complementary ingredients together in a sweet and salty take on our classic banana bread.
Photo and recipe from Chowhound

8. Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Who knew that gluten-free banana bread was possible? With teff flour, quinoa flakes, and almond flour you can make moist and springy banana bread that will make you wonder what the fuss over wheat flour is all about. This recipe includes chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts for added flavor and is probably the best-sounding gluten-free bread I’ve ever discovered.
Photo and recipe from Real Food Made Easy

9. Caramel Banana Upside Down Bread

Part-cake, part-bread, this caramel banana upside down bread has a layer of brown sugar that caramelizes and makes a beautiful coating for the layers of banana slices that decorate the bottom of the pan.This is a delicious choice for a party and you can easily scale the recipe to whatever size pan you want to use.
Photo and recipe from The Daring Gourmet

10. Banana Bread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Why make banana bread when you can frost it and make banana cake? Good question. This recipe for banana bread cake is so moist and flavorful, and contains two full cups of banana purée. The cream cheese frosting recipe is a classic: A stick of butter and a half-block of cream cheese will never steer you wrong.
Photo and recipe from Baking with Buttermilk

11. Nutella Banana Bread

Chocolate-hazelnut ribbons add a sweet, nutty flavor throughout the deep roasted banana batter, which makes this recipe the ultimate quick bread to serve for an indulgent breakfast or as a comforting dessert.
Photo and recipe from Chowhound

12. Cashew Butter Butterscotch Banana Bread

The combination of butterscotch and cashew butter is rich, nutty, and unusual. Shredded coconut and chopped cashews, in addition to the cashew butter, add a distinctive texture. Topped with butterscotch chips, this bread is both pretty and tasty.
Photo and recipe from Love from the Oven

13. Crackly Banana Bread

The crackly texture of this banana bread makes it stand out from the crowd. The uncooked millet in the batter provides a pleasing crunch and melds well with the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and cloves. Toasted with a cup of tea, it is a filling and (fairly) healthy afternoon snack.
Photo and recipe from Smitten Kitchen

14. Caramelized Banana Bread

Three bananas caramelized with butter, brown sugar, and gold rum make this bread a favorite. Simple, uncomplicated, and reliably delicious, this recipe can be made with buttermilk or even sour cream to make it a little bit richer.
Photo and recipe from May Squared

15. Coconut Banana Bread Muffins

Think of these coconut banana bread muffins as miniature banana breads, ready to be packed away in your lunch box. Coconut oil, flaked coconut, and toasted walnuts add a pleasant nutty flavor, and you can freeze the muffins individually. Reheat them in the oven in the morning and it’s like you got up and baked delicious banana bread from scratch an hour before everyone else woke up.
Photo and recipe from PBS

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