Our top 10 best banana bread recipes

Banana bread is an easy bake that uses up overripe fruit – what’s not to love? Here, we round up our favourite recipes, from sugar-free and healthy, to sticky toffee and chocolate chip. 

Sticky toffee banana bread on a blue platter with slices cut out

Banana bread is a cake tin classic. Easy to make, great with tea and beloved by kids and adults alike, it’s not hard to see why this is one of the most popular baking recipes on BBC Good Food. So popular, over 2.5 million people visited our brilliant banana loaf recipe in March and April 2020.

If you have a few ripe bananas and want to make a banana bread with a twist, check out our best ever versions of this lovely loaf. We even have healthier versions if you’re looking to cut down on sugar. Squidgy, simple, moreish and good for you – three cheers for banana bread!

Our best ever banana bread recipes

Brilliant banana loaf topped with sugar drizzle and banana chips

Classic banana bread 

Our brilliant banana loaf has been positively-rated by hundreds of bbcgoodfood.com users. It uses simple ratios, minimal ingredients and is cleverly topped with dried banana chips for crunch. Be sure to check out the video on the recipe page to help you achieve perfect results every time. Try making our brilliant banana loaf recipe.

Healthy banana bread on brown greaseproof paper next to a bowl of spread

Healthy banana bread

A few simple swaps transform often indulgent banana bread into something altogether healthier. This smart recipe uses agave syrup rather than sugar and low-fat spread instead of butter, plus wholemeal flour and natural yogurt. The finished bake can also be batch cooked and frozen for a later date. Try making our healthy banana bread recipe.

Brazil nut and banana loaf cake with slices cut out

Brazil nut banana bread

Add texture and crunch to a super soft banana loaf by adding chopped Brazil nuts. Ramp up the nuttiness another notch by using dessicated coconut. Cinnamon adds a touch of warm spice to proceedings. Try making our Brazil nut banana bread recipe.

Slices of vegan banana bread on two antique plates

Vegan banana bread

You won’t need any specialist ingredients to make this free-from cake. Vegetable oil is used in place of butter, and eggs are left out completely to no detriment to the finished loaf. Add your own selection of dried fruit and nuts – most storecupboard favourites can be used. Try making our vegan banana bread recipe.

Sugar free banana loa cake with slices cut out

Sugar-free banana bread

Want to cut out refined sugar but having major cravings for cake? The natural sweetness of banana and sultanas provide the saccharine elements in this healthier bake. If it’s not quite sweet enough for you, add a drizzle of agave syrup to finish. Try making our sugar-free banana cake.

Slices of toasted banana bread topped with ricotta and fresh raspberries

Toasted banana bread with vanilla ricotta & raspberries

This deluxe recipe demonstrates the versatility of banana bread. By toasting slices of the cake and serving it with vanilla-spiked cream and fresh fruit, this humble loaf is transformed into a fancy breakfast dish that’s deceptively simple to put together. Just make the banana bread in advance to allow for a stress-free brunch. Try making our toasted banana bread with ricotta & raspberries.

Banana, coconut and banana loaf cake with a slice cut out

Banana, coconut & cardamom bread

We love the taste of cardamom in Swedish-style enriched breakfast buns. Turns out this distinct spice also matches perfectly with banana. Coconut yogurt and oil bring an added point of difference to this beautiful banana bake. Try making our banana, coconut & cardamom bread recipe.

Chocolate chip banana loaf cake with slices cut out

Chocolate chip banana bread

Paul Hollywood knows his way around a loaf tin – behold his take on banana bread that’s studded with chocolate chips. Serve warm if you’d like the chocolate chips melty, or at room temperature for added chunky texture. Try making Paul Hollywood's banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf.

Banana and date bundt cake topped with glaze and walnuts

Banana bundt cake

A recipe that proves banana bread is so much more than a lunchbox snack. This fancy ring-shaped cake contains dates and walnuts, plus a luxurious honey butter glaze. If you’re baking for a cake sale, this is bound to be the star of the table. Try making our banana & date cake with walnut honey glaze.

Sticky toffee banana bread topped with banana and nut brittle

Sticky toffee banana bread 

Treat yourself to a hybrid bake that combines the timeless might of banana bread with sticky toffee pudding, a dessert that needs no introduction. The toffee sauce is made with brown sugar, butter and double cream, then the nut and banana chip brittle has added sea salt for contrast. This officially lasts two days but we doubt it’ll stick around for that long. Try making our sticky toffee banana bread.

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