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Banana Bread

Many families have their own signature banana bread recipe. It’s one of those baked goods that gets passed down through the generations. Some have nuts, others sprinkle in chocolate chips, but, hopefully, most have a tender texture with crisp corners and edges. If you’re looking to veer away from your family’s traditions to try something new, turn to Food & Wine’s guide to banana bread. We have tons of delicious loaf ideas that use up your supply of overripe bananas. And if your bananas aren’t ready yet? We also have a trick to speed up the ripening process

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Brown-Butter Banana Bread

Brown butter adds a deep, caramel-like note of nutty richness to this decadent make-ahead banana bread. To hit the proper note, 2020 F&W Best New Chef Lena Sareini insists on waiting until your bananas are extremely ripe—very speckled and mushy. “Be patient,” she says. “That’s the only way the banana flavor is going to show through.” For an easy next-level topping, make this Banana-Caramel Sauce.

Smashed-Banana Bread

At Dovecote Café in Baltimore, this banana bread is one of many awesome baked goods served on a daily basis. The recipe comes from owner Aisha Pew’s mother, Gilda Bain-Pew, and includes super-ripe bananas and a hit of banana liqueur (but it’s still quite good without the liqueur).    Slideshow: More Banana Bread Recipes 

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

This incredibly moist gluten-free banana bread has a great flavor and an unbeatable cinnamon-sugar topper. Allowing the batter to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes so the starches absorb the liquid is the secret to this bread’s light crumb. Slideshow: More Healthy Banana Bread Recipes 

Miso Banana Bread

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The miso in this supremely delicious banana bread adds deeper, robust flavor. The bread is fantastic the day it's made, but it tastes even better the following day. Slideshow:  More Banana Bread Recipes 

Healthy Banana Bread Recipes

For a simple and tasty breakfast or snack, try some of these healthy banana bread recipes.

Old-Fashioned Banana Bread

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This extraordinarily simple and tasty banana bread (with a moist center and crispy crust) is a Ritter family heirloom. "The recipe has been in our family for generations," Lisa Ritter says.Plus: F&W's Best Banana Bread Recipes
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Mom's Banana-Apple Bread

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Melissa Murphy's mother taught her how to make banana bread before she could recite the alphabet. They never believed in putting nuts in their loaves, but caramelized apples are another story. More Brunch Ideas Beautiful Desserts

Cinnamon-Banana Bread

The Good News This recipe is full of potassium-packed bananas. Instead of processed sugar, it calls for agave nectar, a natural sweetener; a little canola oil replaces the usual butter. The bread is an improvement on the one Erin McKenna often made with her mother when she was growing up: "I thought it was so healthy, because of the bananas. I didn't factor in all the sugar and butter." More Healthy Breakfast Recipes