25 Best-Ever Banana Recipes You Need To Bookmark Immediately

Dessert Recipes: Caramelized Banana Pudding
Photo: Photo: Jennifer Davick, Prop Styling: Annette Joseph, Food Styling: William Smith

We're very aware that bananas are just fine and tasty to eat as they come, similar to other divisive ingredients like Brussels sprouts and buttermilk. Just peel it back and reap the potassium-packed health rewards, right? But again, similar to raw Brussels sprout slaw versus caramelized bacony Brussels sprouts straight out of the oven, bananas just don't hit the taste buds quite the same out of the peel as they do inside a warm slice of banana nut bread or layered with whipped cream in classic banana pudding. And to that we say, let's get slicing and baking.

We've rounded up 25 delicious ways to use up all your bunches of ripe bananas before they go bad, from nutella-swirled banana bread to banana pudding-inspired cheesecake to Elvis-approved peanut butter-banana pie. So you might want to grab an extra bunch or two—because these best-ever banana recipes will have you begging for more.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Banana Pudding Poke Cake

A poke cake topped with banana pudding? That's about as celebration-worthy as it gets—so make sure to enjoy every single banana-laden bite.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake

You might never have known you needed this heavenly hybrid. Banana pudding gets an even creamier, more decadent twist with cheesecake filling.

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Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie

Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie

Elvis would definitely approve, and that's all we need to know. This cool, creamy chocolate-drizzled dessert is sure to have you coming back for more.

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Banana Cake

Banana Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Banana Cake

In our opinion, a best-ever banana cake should be well spiced and frosted with a heavy layer of cream cheese frosting—and that's exactly the calling card of this insanely delicious sheet cake.

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Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns

Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns

Your Saturday morning coffee is practically made to be paired with these adorably miniature caramelized sticky buns. The sweetness instantly melts in your mouth, which means you'll be wanting more than one.

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Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Banana Bread French Toast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Tell your usual brunch casserole to watch out—because there's a new heavy-hitter in town. Banana bread meets French toast in this fan-fave breakfast bake.

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Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

Recipe: Salted Caramel Banana Pudding

If you didn't think homemade banana pudding could get any better, do a double take. This indulgent rendition is layered with slightly spiced Biscoff cookies and a shortcut salted caramel drizzle.

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Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Nutella Banana Bread

Now this is an upgrade to classic banana bread we can get behind. You'll be left dreaming about those swirls of Nutella after just one slice.

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Coconut-Banana Pudding

Coconut-Banana Pudding
Hector M. Sanchez

Recipe: Coconut-Banana Pudding

A time-honored treat with a flavorful twist. From brunch-to-dessert, with an irresistible hit of coconut, this isn't your run-of-the-mill banana pudding.

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Banana Ice Cream

banana ice cream
Greg DuPree; Prop Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey

Recipe: Banana Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a real treat, no matter the flavor. This recipe is extra creamy and custard-based and packed with the flavor of fresh bananas. None of that fake stuff! Banana split anyone?

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Banana Pudding Pie

Banana Pudding Pie
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Banana Pudding Pie

No one ever said no to pie, right? So we made a sliceable banana pudding complete with a brown butter vanilla wafter crust and perfectly thick and creamy custard filling.

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Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Banana Pancakes

Lightly spiced with cinnamon and just a little salty, these banana pancakes are guaranteed to take lazy Saturday morning breakfasts up a notch.

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Banana Nut Cake

Banana Nut Cake
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Emily Hall; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Banana Nut Cake

An even fluffier, slightly sweeter version of banana bread, this cake recipe has all the things you love about the classic dish—but shifts it decidedly more into the dessert category.

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Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie
Southern Living

Recipe: Banana Cream Pie

Learn how to make this old-school diner dessert with almost as much panache as those waitresses in roller skates.

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New-Fashioned Banana Pudding

New-Fashioned Banana Pudding
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: New-Fashioned Banana Pudding

Tired of the same old banana pudding over and over again? This one is packed with flavors from homemade vanilla custard, real vanilla bean whipped cream, and a hint of nutmeg. It's so good, it might just rival your Mama's traditional recipe.

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Strawberry-Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie

This might be the only healthy breakfast smoothie we actually want to make again and again. Peanut butter and banana make a dynamite duo.

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Amy Grant's Banana Nut Bread

Amy Grant's Banana Nut Bread
Southern Living

Recipe: Amy Grant's Banana Nut Bread

This classic banana bread recipe hits the spot every time. Plus, only 20 minutes of hands-on time makes it quick and easy enough to whip together on the fly. (If Amy Grant has time to make this, so do you.)

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Brennan's Bananas Foster

Brennan’s Bananas Foster
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Karin Olsen

Recipe: Brennan's Bananas Foster

Brennan's in New Orleans perfected this warm, caramelized classic treat over 60 years ago—and now you can, too. No travel required.

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Caramelized Banana Pudding

Dessert Recipes: Caramelized Banana Pudding
Photo: Jennifer Davick, Prop Styling: Annette Joseph, Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Caramelized Banana Pudding

This toasted version of banana pudding almost tops Nana's famous recipe. (We said almost.) Caramelized bananas and meringue makes banana pudding feel even more special .

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Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Vanilla-Rum Sauce

This is a special-occasion coffee cake if we've ever seen one. It takes a lesson from Brennan's famous bananas foster and tops it off with a sweetened rum glaze.

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Nutter Butter®-Banana Pudding Trifle

Nutter Butter-Banana Pudding Trifle
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Nutter Butter®-Banana Pudding Trifle

We took two classics and combined them into one delicious dessert, then brought in Nutter Butter® sandwich cookies to add more flavor in lieu of the traditional vanilla wafer.

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Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Hadas Smirnoff

Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

You won't meet a fruit dessert as show-stopping as this perfect warm-weather icebox cake. Strawberries and bananas make a refreshing duo in the beloved graham cracker-layered dessert.

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Quick & Tasty Banana Pudding

Quick & Tasty Banana Pudding
Van Chaplin, Charles Walton IV

Recipe: Quick & Tasty Banana Pudding

Ready in just 10 minutes and with only four ingredients, this super easy banana pudding recipe will save you in a pinch.

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Banana Daiquiri

Banana Daiquiri
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Banana Daiquiri

You know what they say: If you like piña coladas...then you'll love these banana daiquiris. Well, maybe that's not what they say. But they will now. We can practically hear the ocean breeze already.

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Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Hummingbird Bundt Cake

We couldn't leave this Southern delicacy off the list. Make the classic Hummingbird Cake—or go with this fuss-free Bundt cake version instead. Either way, pineapple-studded, nutty heaven awaits with just a hint of extra moistness from your ripe bananas.

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