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Banana Bread Recipes: 17 Varieties

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Banana bread is one of those go-to comfort foods that has taken on a newfound popularity in the last few years. It’s a classic recipe that yields delicious results with very minimal effort. Many people enjoy baking banana bread as it makes the house smell delightful and it’s perfect to make any time of year. Plus it’s the perfect way to use up overripe bananas… well this and smoothies that is. These yummy bread is sure to be a hit among families, friends, and colleagues alike. In this post, we will discuss why banana bread is so adored and explore 17 varieties of banana bread you can try from classic and sweet, to healthy, to alternative cooking methods.

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Why Everyone Loves Banana Bread Recipes

There’s something about banana bread that makes it so nostalgic and heart-warming. Maybe it’s the familiar scent of ripe bananas combined with soft and buttery crumbles. Or maybe it’s the fact that overripe bananas that would otherwise go to waste can be transformed into something entirely new and delicious.

Whatever the reason is, banana bread is beloved by many. Its moist texture and sweet flavor make it the perfect accompaniment to a morning cup of coffee or as a healthy snack throughout the day (or a decadent dessert before bed… depending on the recipe you pick below. Don’t worry I’ll have them split up for you by health).

If you’re anything like me, when you first made banana bread, you fell in love with its unique texture and how it tasted even better the next day.

That’s when I started experimenting with other types of dense breads, such as pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, low carb blackberry bread, and apple banana bread. I soon realized that these breads, like banana bread, were versatile because they could be adapted to particular taste preferences, dietary requirements, and even cooking method.

When it comes to banana bread, there are all sorts of varieties to choose from.

You could decide to make a healthy banana bread by adding more fibers and eliminating sugar. which is my favorite way. Bananas are sweet enough on their own!

Or opt for a dessert-like version that’s rich and moist and filled with chocolate chips or nuts bits.

It can even be Vegan, Gluten-Free, or Paleo, depending on who you are catering to. You can also determine if you want to include alternative fillings such as blueberries, nut butter and swirls of cinnamon spice.

If you’re looking to change up your ingredients, you can also get experimental there. Such as using almond flour or coconut flour instead of all-purpose flour, coconut oil instead of butter, or replacing oil with applesauce. The options are endless. It’s a fun way to get creative while still enjoying delicious homey tasting treats.

Dessert-like Banana Breads

These banana breads are perfectly indulgent. They are sweet and rich and some even have extra ingredients like walnuts or peanut butter cups… yum!

1. Classic Moist Banana Bread Recipe

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Ready to make a perfectly MOIST banana bread? This recipe is simple! You will need about 3 bananas or 1 ½ cups of ripe bananas. No butter is needed to make this incredible loaf, we use oil instead!

2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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This Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe has all the features of your favorite banana bread–it’s fluffy, moist and infused with sweet banana flavor. Add chocolate and peanut butter candy and turn it into an irresistible treat.

3. Fudgy Banana Bread

chocolate fudge banana bread

The fudge factor in this double chocolate banana loaf is insane. Deeply chocolatey, but still with the flavor of banana bread, you are going to find yourself adding this chocolate banana loaf recipe to your weekly baking repertoire.

4. Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread

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Chocolate chip banana zucchini bread is a moist, tender zucchini bread filled with rich pockets of melty chocolate chips. The perfect way to use up leftover bananas and zucchini

5. Starbuck’s Copycat Banana Bread

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Starbucks Copycat Banana Bread is super moist,  loaded with sweet bananas, and topped with walnuts. Perfect for breakfast or dessert

6. Cinnamon Banana Bread

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Cinnamon Banana Bread takes a well-loved recipe and packs in even more flavor. The addition of cinnamon chips to an already moist and sweet banana bread will turn this into a new family favorite!

Healthy / Special Diet Banana Bread Recipes

This is where you find recipes like lower carb, alternative ingredients, vegan banana bread, added sugar free banana bread, etc. It’s really simple to switch around a few ingredients, STILL make a delicious recipe, and make it a bit healthier too.

7. Healthier Banana Bread

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This banana quick bread is the answer to your cravings. It has healthier ingredients, a sweet, beautiful crumb and flavor, and is full of dark chocolate chips. Plus is has MULTIPLE ingredient replacement ideas so you can make it as healthy as you want!

8. Low Carb Banana Bread

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Lots of people want to keep their carbs lower without following a strict Keto diet. Typical banana bread is really high in carbs between the bananas, the wheat, and the sugar. Try this lower carb banana bread recipe that still tastes great.

9. Vegan Pumpkin Banana Bread

vegan pumpkin banana bread

This vegan pumpkin banana bread is the perfect recipe for fall. it has a super moist texture and is made with simple, healthy ingredients. The pairing between the banana, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavors is the perfect balance of sweetness and spice! This recipe is so easy to make and takes classic banana bread to a whole new level.

10. Keto Banana Bread

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This keto banana bread recipe truly is THE BEST. Simple and fuss-free to make and in the oven in less than 15 minutes! The perfect healthy banana bread with almond meal. It is gluten free, grain free and sugar free, and so incredibly good!

11. Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread

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This Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread is super easy and simple with only 9 ingredients and 1 bowl to clean! A fun recipe to make when you’re baking with kids or easy enough to make on a weekend morning, this banana bread is oil-free, healthy, moist, and delicious

12. Sugar Free Banana Bread

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If you love banana bread, our recipe for Sugar Free Banana Bread offers the perfect solution. This diabetes-friendly bread is moist, flavorful, and guilt-free, ensuring you can satisfy your cravings without compromising your sugar intake.

13. Easy 4-Ingredient Banana Bread

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This healthy 4-ingredient banana bread recipe is quick and easy to make using self-rising flour to create a deliciously soft and fluffy texture. Without cake mix or baking soda, this is a simple, fuss-free recipe that’s vegan-friendly and refined sugar-free!

Alternative Cooking Method and Other Banana Breads

Ever wondered if there are other ways to cook banana bread? You bet there is! Or some of these just are really cool and different… like marbled banana bread, yum!

14. Slow Cooker Banana Bread

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Banana bread in the slow cooker? Absolutely! This simple banana bread recipe yields a perfectly cooked loaf without the need for loaf pans, additional prep, or the fear of burning anything. Grab your kitchen staples and this classic recipe and get ready to wow your family and friends.

15. Sourdough Discard Banana Bread

sourdough discard banana bread

If you know anything about making sourdough bread you’ll know that there is a lot of discard from when you feed your sourdough. But that doesn’t have to go to waste! Use it to make this sourdough discard banana bread.

16. Air Fryer Banana Bread Muffins

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These Air fryer banana muffins are easy to make and serves as perfect snacks, desserts or breakfast. It’s made in just one bowl, with minimal prep and requires a few ingredients including fresh bananas! I used a sugar free sweetener to make these moist and delicious muffins low calorie and sugar free.

17. Marbled Banana Bread

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Best marbled banana bread recipe! This easy chocolate swirl banana bread recipe is so simple to make. Includes tips for foolproof swirls.

Wrapping Up the Best Banana Breads

In conclusion, banana bread is a timeless classic for a reason. Not only is it incredibly simple to make, but it’s also a great way to use up overripe bananas, all while indulging in a treat that truly hits the spot. It’s refreshing to know just how many types of banana bread there are to choose from, each with its unique recipe variations.

Whether you want to make a healthy snack or satisfy a sweet tooth, banana bread has it covered.

Banana bread is perfect for snacking on during the day, and its simplicity and versatility make it ideal for both beginner and longtime bakers. So, next time you need a dose of comfort, consider whipping up a batch of banana bread and share it with family and friends.

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