6 Recipes that Remind Us Why Banana Bread Is the Best!

Bake your way through this tasty collection of banana bread recipes! Satisfy your chocolate cravings with Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, head to the islands for Jamaican Banana Bread with rum-soaked raisins or make swirls of cream cheese in our rich Cream Cheese Banana Bread! Time to bake and find a favorite!

Three different banana bread images next to each other. From left to right: banana bread loaf studded with chocolate chips. The middle image is simple banana bread with a few slices staggered in front. The last image is chocolate banana bread with two slices stacked on top of each other.

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. We believe that 100%, but let’s take it a step further and say that banana bread is the heart of the kitchen.

I can't be the only one with overripe bananas in the freezer just ready and waiting for when the banana bread baking mood strikes. I don't know why I wait, all you need to make delicious banana bread is a bowl and a few simple ingredients.

When you need a good dose of baking comfort, banana bread is there for you. Keep it simple or mix in different ingredients like chocolate chips, coconut or nuts to create new flavors and textures. It’s up to you! We have banana bread recipes for chocolate lovers, vegans, and a taste of Jamaica with an island-inspired banana bread.

Whichever recipe you choose, make an extra batch because it always disappears quickly! Don't worry, we've added all of our favorite tricks and tips for freezing baked loaves for later.

  • Banana Bread

    Banana Bread
    Elise Bauer

    If you decide to keep things simple, this is the recipe you want! It takes one bowl, no mixer required (which is our favorite part!), and melted butter is the trick to this moist, sweet bread.

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Banana Bread with Peanut Butter
    Cindy Rahe

    This is a riff off our classic Banana Bread recipe, but the combo of creamy peanut butter, chocolate, and bananas is enough to drive your taste buds crazy!

  • Vegan Banana Bread

    Easy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe
    Erin Alderson

    This vegan version swaps out the butter for oil and the eggs for flaxseed. Such simple swaps, yet you’d never know the difference!

  • Chocolate Banana Bread

    Chocolate Banana Bread
    Elise Bauer

    If adding double the chocolate to your banana bread is wrong, then we don’t want to be right! We went for double trouble by not only adding in chocolate chips but cocoa as well!

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  • Cream Cheese Banana Bread

    Overhead view of a loaf of cream cheese filled banana bread on a plate.
    Claudia Cash

    Get ready to swirl your heart out with cream cheese! The cream cheese not only adds creaminess, but its flavor also complements banana bread so well it’s almost ridiculous.

  • Rum Raisin Banana Bread

    A loaf of rum raisin banana bread with four slices cut off and laying next to each other.
    Kalisa Marie Martin

    Plump, rum-soaked raisins and warming spices like cinnamon and allspice make this banana bread over-the-top delicious. If you want to add even more island flavor mix in a bit of coconut!

  • 4 Best Mix-Ins for Banana Bread

    Peanut Butter Banana Bread

    Want to take banana bread to the next level? Try these mix-ins! You can change the texture by adding in nuts or dried fruit, or change the flavor ever-so-slightly with a different set of spices!

  • How to Store and Freeze Banana Bread

    How to Store Banana Bread -- close up of banana bread looking from the top down, half is sliced.
    Elise Bauer and Erin Alderson

    Bake now and enjoy later! We will give you all the best tips and tricks for freezing, storing, and thawing banana bread. Now all you have to do is bake!