54 banana recipes
Try our best ever banana recipes, from pancakes and smoothies to brilliant bakes, including peanut butter banana bread, banoffee tart and caramel banana blondies
Looking for banana recipes? Try our ideas below or check out our banana bread recipes. If you’re looking for what to do with over ripe bananas, they are rarely too ripe for baking – take a look at our guide to use up over ripe bananas. For more fruit recipes, check out our apple recipes, raspberry recipes and best healthy fruit recipes.
Bananas add a natural moistness and sweetness to bakes, including classic banana bread, breakfast muffins and cakes. You can also use bananas to make healthy versions of snacks as they are high in energy. Take a look below at our banana smoothie ideas, healthy, three-ingredient banana pancakes and vegan banana bread. You can even use this tropical fruit to create your own ice cream, or add to curries – yes, that's right!
Easy banana recipes
This classic banana loaf requires just six ingredients and is perfect for an easy teatime treat or breakfast snack. It's a great way to use up overripe bananas.
Bananas are the star of the show in this dinner party dessert, offering comforting flavours of an old-school pudding.
Take banana bread to the next level by topping with a luxurious chocolate sauce and caramelised bananas. Serve slices with a morning brew and you’re good to go.
Make a batch of battered, deep-fried bananas and serve with a dusting of icing sugar – look for yellow-skinned bananas (not green), as you'll want them to be ripe.
Serve bananas with hazelnuts, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and cocktail cherries to make this old-school dessert.
We've taken a popular banana cake and given it a banoffee pie make-over. Our cake is packed with bananas, covered in creamy caramel buttercream and topped with caramelised bananas for extra indulgence.
Fancy recreating a diner-style classic? Check out our thick, creamy banana milkshake, finished with a swirl of whipped cream and sprinkles.
These healthy pancakes are dairy-free and gluten-free, as well as being low in calories. Using just three ingredients, they are super quick to whip up and the peanut butter makes them sturdy so they’re easy to flip.
These banana and nut muffins are easy to make and under 300 calories each. They include chopped peanuts and almonds as well as almond flakes for the topping. Make a batch for breakfast.
Check out our moist vegan banana bread. This recipe is super moreish and easy to make, it goes perfectly with your morning tea.
Try this popular French Caribbean sweet snack, enjoyed on Sundays around carnival time. We think they're delicious any time of year.
Everyone knows banoffee pie tastes even better the day after making, when all the flavours have had a chance to meld. This easy, no-bake fridge cake with banana and Carnation Caramel takes advantage of that as it's left overnight before being sliced.
This fun dessert makes a feature of cooked bananas, ideal when paired with salty biscuits and dark chocolate due to their fragrant juiciness.
This plant-based almond milk smoothie combines banana, cinnamon, porridge oats and nutmeg to make a hearty, high-protein and gently spiced shake.
Bananas and milk are two things that Brits throw away most of. No more! Even those bananas that are black and spotty are welcome here – they’re actually better as they are super ripe and sweet.
Indulge in this glorious mash-up of two favourite sweet treats – a banana bread base topped with creamy vanilla cheesecake, sliced bananas and salted caramel.
With its tropical notes and its subtle harissa heat, this banana cake serves up a big slice of holiday flavour, topped with a creamy icing. Don’t be scared of the harissa – the flavour mellows in the cooking. Next, check out our best harissa recipes.
Add a splash of booze to this banana and caramel dessert for extra indulgence! Ready in under an hour, this comforting pud magically creates its own sauce and is best served warm with a dollop of ice cream. More self-saucing recipes here.
You won't believe how quick and easy this no-churn ice-cream recipe is. There's no need to make a custard base - just blend bananas, cream and sugar and freeze.
Check out our quick and easy smoothie with fresh strawberries, bananas and tofu – ready in 5 minutes. Using silken tofu may sound strange for a sweet recipe but will give a creamy texture to the smoothie.
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It’s hard to improve on a classic banana bread, but we think the indulgent peanut butter addition just edges it! A real nutty twist on everyone's favourite. Serve with your freshly brewed morning coffee.
Check out this creamy chocolate tart recipe with juicy bananas, salted caramel and old school butterscotch Angel Delight. Impress your friends and family with this super indulgent dessert.
Blondies are the white chocolate version of brownies. This easy tray bake is also packed with banana and rich caramel. Serve at teatime or warm with a scoop of ice-cream for pudding.
Banana, the surprise ingredient in this vegan curry, adds sweetness and thickens the sauce. It's a bit of a secret weapon, as it makes for a creamy, comforting dish.
Banana and toffee is a classic flavour combination. Try it in this impressive-looking, delicious, sticky tart and serve it with a decadent toffee cream for extra indulgence.
This spiced banana tarte tatin recipe comes from Cinnamon Club. It's easy to make but looks impressive.
A classic daiquiri gets a banana twist in this tropical cocktail recipe, a perfect refresher to enjoy outdoors.
A healthy glug of maple syrup is the key to this wonderfully moist vegan banana bread, flavoured with both coconut oil and desiccated coconut.
Our healthy banana ice cream is dairy-free, no-churn and no-effort. Once you’re confident with the process, try experimenting with different flavours.
Use bananas, dark chocolate and non-dairy yogurt to make a dessert that helps keep your tummy in the best possible condition, in the tastiest way.
We've used silken tofu in place of eggs in this vegan banana berry traybake which uses natural, unrefined sugars - wonderful served with dairy-free yogurt for a sweet breakfast or brunch.
Banana bread meets sticky toffee in this self-saucing pud, and it’s a winner. Serve with ice cream or cream and a shot of spiced rum alongside for an extra hit of warmth.
This easy loaf cake will be ready in just over an hour and is perfect with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee.
Flavoured with honey, vanilla and mixed spice, and studded with walnuts, this comforting banana bread is entirely gluten-free, though you'd never guess it.
We have taken the classic banana bread and given it a summery twist. This loaf is a great way to use up overripe bananas, plus it's quick, looks impressive and can be easily frozen.
Try our recipe for low-fat coconut, banana and raspberry muffins. This recipe is super quick and easy to make, and it comes in under 160 calories per serving, a great mid-morning snack.
Check out this indulgent pancake recipe with boozy banana and bourbon sauce. This quick and easy recipe is not only great for a decadent Shrove Tuesday pancake, but it makes a fun sweet treat to serve at gatherings with friends and family.
Check out our easy candied bacon banana bread recipe. The combination of crisp, salty bacon with dense banana bread is a winner. Try it toasted with butter and a drizzle of maple syrup for an extra indulgent breakfast. Use overripe black bananas for the best result.
This recipe for banana and oat breakfast muffins is so delicious that they feel like a treat, but they're each under 200 calories. Make a batch now and you'll have a healthy breakfast all week.
Afternoon tea has a reputation for fussiness and recipes that need a lot of patience to make. These mini loaves are incredibly easy to make but still look elegant enough for the fanciest tea.
Use up left over bananas in our moist loaf with tea-infused dried fruit and malt extract. Malt adds an extra nutty caramel taste to this moreish tea time treat.
Full of plenty of good bacteria, this fruity smoothie recipe makes a great on-the-go breakfast idea.
Five ingredients is all it takes to make these irresistible oaty cookies, studded with chocolate chips.
This gently warming banana bread flavoured with black tea and spices (to mimic masala chai) is a wonderful spin on a classic.
A great way to use that jar of peanut butter, this vibrant berry smoothie calls for only the simplest of ingredients. Serve on ice for best results.
Oat milk, tahini and super-ripe bananas keep this egg-free, dairy-free banana bread moist and moreish.
Use up brown bananas and uneaten dried fruit and nuts in these sweet, moreish pancakes. Perfect for a lazy brunch with the family.
Don't be put off by the thought of burnt butter - it just means cooking it to a nutty rich brown colour. It gives extra richness to these banana and syrup sponge puddings.
This recipe combines classic flavours into one delicious chocolate banana loaf. It's a great way to use up over-ripe bananas and will be a hit with everyone. The added whisky gives it a grown-up twist.
Our take on the ever-popular banana loaf. Made with pecans and a tropical passion fruit frosting, this is a teatime treat to share with family and friends.
These delicious banana and almond butter muffins make a great, healthy on-the-go breakfast. Replacing normal butter with almond butter really cuts down the calorie count as well as adding flavour.
Add some crunch to your morning muffin with our easy banana and pumpkin seed muffin recipe. Packed with energy they are the perfect way to start the day.
This chocolate self-saucing pudding, also known as surprise pudding, uses smooth peanut butter and banana to create this deliciously rich cake. Serve with some vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
These no-fuss cacao, banana, date and cashew bars are really easy to make and perfect as a quick snack for when you're on the go. Make a big batch and they'll keep for up to 1 week.