12 Easy Banana Bread Recipes to Make Whenever

updated Jun 29, 2023
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When I was in college, my dad would come visit me bearing the same gift time after time: Banana bread. I loved the comforting taste of home but because he brought a loaf so frequently, I’d end up with more than I could eat before it would dry out or go bad. So I’d freeze slices and reach for them when I wanted. I had such a back stock that banana bread didn’t just become a go-to breakfast — it became a simple mid-morning or afternoon snack and an after dinner treat, too (especially when toasted and swiped with peanut butter or Nutella).

All this to say, I learned early on that there’s no wrong time for banana bread. Bake a loaf at your leisure and you’ll be oh-so happy you did.

Easy Banana Bread Recipes

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Banana Bread
The key to moist, cake-like bread is overripe bananas – the blacker and spottier the peels, the better.
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How To Make Banana Bread
Here is a very basic and delicious recipe for delicious banana bread that takes all of 10 minutes to mix together. No mixer needed!
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Black Sesame Banana Bread
This is better banana bread, thanks to the addition of buckwheat flour and black sesame paste.
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Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Swapping regular all-purpose flour out for whole wheat flour results in a banana bread that’s wholesome and nutritious, but no less tender and moist. Maple syrup also takes the place of granulated sugar here to add natural sweetness.

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The Best, Easiest Gluten-Free Banana Bread
An easy, one-bowl recipe for gluten-free banana bread using oat and almond flour.
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Tropical Banana Bread with Macadamia Nuts, Pineapple, and Coconut

Toss some dried fruit, shredded coconut, macadamia nuts, Jamaican allspice, and a splash of rum into your banana bread for a loaf that’s sure to transport you to a tropical island.

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Pumpkin Banana Bread
Ripe, speckled bananas and earthy pumpkin give each spiced slice of this fall quick bread a moist texture and natural sweetness.
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Zucchini Banana Bread
Come summer when the market is bursting with Zucchini, there is absolutely nothing better than a loaf of ultra-tender, lightly spiced Zucchini Banana Bread.
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Blueberry Banana Bread
This blueberry-studded banana bread is tender, moist, and uncomplicated to bake. Best of all, it's as delicious fresh out of the oven as it is later re-warmed in butter.
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Banana Walnut Bread
Brown butter flavor really adds to the nuttiness of walnuts in the most delicious way.
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Banana Buttermilk Bread
Claire Ptak amps up traditional banana bread with one stand-out ingredient: buttermilk.
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Ultra-Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
A scoop of sour cream gives this one-bowl banana bread that ultra-moist, slightly under-baked texture we all know and love.
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Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
A simple recipe for homemade banana bread swirled with a generous amount of Nutella.
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