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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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
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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
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Miso Banana Bread

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
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Healthy Banana Bread Recipes

For a simple and tasty breakfast or snack, try some of these healthy banana bread recipes.
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Banana-Walnut Bread with Flax

A from-scratch quick bread with flax seed meal and walnuts is a great way to use overripe bananas. Slideshow: Healthy Breakfast Recipes
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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
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Banana Brioche Bread Pudding

The only thing better than banana pudding is this banana brioche bread pudding. Enjoy! Slideshow: More Delicious Bread Pudding Recipes
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Banana Nut Bread

If you've got mushy bananas, you're just a few steps away from this easy, delicious banana nut bread. In this recipe, the walnuts get toasted just to bring out their nutty flavor and take away their raw edge. A touch of cinnamon and vanilla round out the banana nut flavor. Related: Our 14 Best Quick Bread Recipes
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