10 Delicious and Simple Banana Recipes...

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I love bananas and could probably eat them all day long, so when I was thinking of ideas for new cooking posts I knew banana recipes had to be one of them. Some recipes have a strong banana taste that is overwhelming or too artificial, but I'm hoping that these recipes will be ones you will enjoy again and again. From breakfast to dessert, here are 10 Delicious and Simple Banana Recipes, which one will be your favorite...

1. Banana Pancake Recipe...

Banana Pancake Recipe...

Why haven't I tried banana pancakes yet! I've had blueberry, chocolate chip, cream cheese filled, and now with this delicious looking banana recipe I will soon be able to say I have tried pancakes with bananas in them. This recipe calls for the pancakes to be made from scratch, but if you are in a hurry I'm sure a box mix will turn out just as tasty. Note, this recipe received a five star rating and excellent reviews.

Recipe Ingredients:

• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

• 6 tablespoons whole-wheat flour

• 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1 large egg

• 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

• About 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

• 2 ripe bananas (3/4 to 1 lb. total), peeled and thinly sliced

Directions:

• "In a bowl, mix all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.

• In another bowl, whisk to blend eggs, buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons butter. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until batter is evenly moistened.

• Ladle batter, 1/4 cup at a time, onto a lightly buttered medium-hot (350°) griddle or lightly buttered 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan (or use 2 pans at the same time) over medium heat. Scatter 3 to 5 banana slices onto each pancake and cook until edges of the cake look dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn with a wide spatula and cook until browned on the bottom, 3 or 4 minutes longer.

• Serve pancakes immediately, or place in a single layer on baking sheets and keep warm in a 200° regular or convection oven until all are cooked."

Source: MyRecipes

2. Cinnamon Banana Butter Recipe...

Cinnamon Banana Butter Recipe...

Every time we visit our favorite bed and breakfastin Virginia we always come home with two big jars of their homemade apple butter, so when I saw this banana recipe for cinnamon banana butter I was intrigued. I would have never thought to make my own spread at home, especially with bananas, but after seeing this simple recipe I am inspired to buy some jelly jars and start cooking!

Recipe Ingredients:

• 4 cups mashed bananas (about 8 bananas)

• 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

• 1 package (1 3/4 oz) fruit pectin

• 4 1/2 cups sugar

• 3 teaspoons vanilla

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

• "In 4-quart saucepan, mix bananas, lemon juice and pectin until pectin is dissolved. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Heat to full rolling boil, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.

• Immediately ladle jam into 8 sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars. Seal immediately. Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes."

Source: BettyCrocker

3. Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe...

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe...

As much as I love bananas, I think I love banana bread even more! I love this twist on the classic banana recipe, well who wouldn't love chocolate and bananas together! Your kids will definitely love helping you bake this with the fun ingredients like chocolate chips and banana nut cheerios that are included in this wonderful chocolate banana bread recipe.

Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 cups Banana Nut Cheerios® cereal

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

• 3/4 cup buttermilk

• 2 teaspoons vanilla

• 1 egg

• 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium)

• 2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

• 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

• Topping: 1/2 cup Banana Nut Cheerios® cereal

Directions:

• "Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Place 2 cups cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag or between sheets of waxed paper; crush with rolling pin to make 3/4 cup. Set aside.

• In large bowl, beat sugar and oil with electric mixer on low speed until well mixed. Beat in buttermilk, vanilla and egg just until blended; beat in bananas. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until well mixed. Stir in 3/4 cup crushed cereal and chocolate chips. Spoon into pan; spread evenly.

• Place 1/2 cup cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag or between sheets of waxed paper; coarsely crush with rolling pin. Sprinkle over batter in pan; press lightly.

• Bake 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours."

Source: BettyCrocker

4. Banana Crumble Recipe...

Banana Crumble Recipe...

This banana recipe reminds me of banana or apple crisp but uses bread crumbs instead of oats or granola. I think it would be pretty interesting to use bread crumbs in a dessert recipe that includes ingredients like nutmeg, brown sugar, and something that I never heard of, aromatic bitters. Top this with vanilla ice cream and you are all set to enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

• 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 4 tablespoons butter, melted

• 1 tablespoon aromatic bitters

• 5 large bananas, halved and sliced

Directions:

• "Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish or 6 (8-ounce) ramekins.

• Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in butter and bitters.

• Place half of banana slices in bottom of baking dish or evenly in bottoms of ramekins. Sprinkle with half of breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining bananas and remaining breadcrumb mixture. Bake 35 minutes. Serve with Bitters-and-Butter Sauce."

Source: MyRecipes

5. Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Split Sandwich...

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Split Sandwich...

Now how did I miss this grilled banana recipe when I did my post on grilled cheese sandwiches! Well it might be because there is no cheese on this grilled sandwich, but instead you have peanut butter, chocolate chips, and pineapple jam to make this a complete and true banana split!

Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 (1-ounce) slices firm white sandwich bread, divided

• 1 teaspoon butter, softened

• 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

• 2 teaspoons honey

• 1/2 teaspoon semisweet chocolate minichips

• 1 large strawberry, thinly sliced

• 1/2 small banana, cut lengthwise into 3 slices (about 2 ounces)

• 1 tablespoon pineapple jam

Directions:

• "Spread one side of each white bread slice with 1/2 teaspoon butter. Combine peanut butter and honey; spread over plain side of 1 bread slice. Sprinkle with chocolate chips; top evenly with strawberry slices and banana slices.

• Spread pineapple jam over plain side of remaining bread slice. Carefully assemble sandwich.

• Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sandwich; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned."

Source: MyRecipes

6. Roasted Banana Bars Recipe...

Roasted Banana Bars Recipe...

I bet this delicious banana recipe could become as popular as brownies with the raving reviews it received. It's not just the banana bar that makes this a tasty treat, but the brown-butter pecan frosting that completes it and seals the deal. You may want to double the recipe if you are hoping to keep these around for more than a day!

Recipe Ingredients:

Bars:

• 2 cups sliced ripe banana (about 3 medium)

• 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

• 1 tablespoon butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

• 9 ounces cake flour (about 2 1/4 cups)

• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

• 1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

• 2 large eggs

• Baking spray with flour

Frosting:

• 1/4 cup butter

• 2 cups powdered sugar

• 1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions:

• "Preheat oven to 400°.

• To prepare bars, combine banana, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter in an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes, stirring after 17 minutes. Cool slightly.

• Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.

• Weigh or lightly spoon cake flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 9 ounces (about 2 1/4 cups) flour, soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Combine banana mixture, buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in another medium bowl. Place 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs to granulated sugar mixture; mix well. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternating with banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

• Pour batter into a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with baking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

• To prepare frosting, melt 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Combine browned butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Sprinkle with pecans."

Source: MyRecipes

7. Fudgy Chocolate Banana Pop Recipe...

Fudgy Chocolate Banana Pop Recipe...

With the temperatures rising and the humidity in the Northeast making if feel like 100 degrees, this simple fudge banana pop recipe is just the thing we all need. I think I'll be stopping by the grocery store today to pick up a few of the items I need for this banana recipe. I just know that everyone in my family is going to love this sweet cold treat and will need something to help keep them cool.

Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 cups soy milk 1 box (4-serving size)

• vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

• 2 ripe medium bananas, mashed

• 1 box (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix

• 12 paper cups (3-oz size)

• 12 craft sticks (flat wooden sticks with round ends)

Directions:

• "In small bowl, gradually add 1 cup of the soymilk to vanilla pudding mix; beat with wire whisk until well blended. Stir in bananas. In another small bowl, gradually add remaining soymilk to chocolate pudding mix; beat with wire whisk until well blended.

• Spoon half of the banana mixture into cups. Layer chocolate mixture over banana mixture. Spoon remaining banana mixture into cups; stir slightly to marble. Insert sticks; freeze about 3 hours or overnight until firm. To serve, remove cups."

Source: BettyCrocker

8. Banana Whoopie Pie Recipe...

Banana Whoopie Pie Recipe...

At first I thought it was the cream filling that included the bananas but when I read the directions and saw that the actual "cookie" of the whoopie pie is made with bananas, I fell in love! I'm not sure which of these banana recipes to make first, but I do know that at some point they will all be made in my kitchen for tasting.

Recipe Ingredients:

• 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup mashed banana (from 1 large ripe banana)

• 1/2 cup sour cream

• 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

• 1 large egg

• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

• 16 ounces cream cheese, softened

• 1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting

Directions:

• "Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Combine banana and sour cream in another bowl.

• Beat butter and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on medium-high speed, until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, beating until incorporated. Add banana mixture in 2 additions, alternating with flour mixture.

• Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain tip. Pipe batter into 1 1/4-inch rounds on baking sheets, spacing rounds 1 1/2 inches apart.

• Bake until edges are golden, about 12 minutes. Slide parchment, with cookies, onto wire racks. Let cool. (Unfilled cookies can be stored for up to 1 day.)

• Beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

• Pipe or spoon 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture onto the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies. Dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve immediately."

Source: MarthaStewart

9. Banana Cream Pie Cupcake Recipe...

Banana Cream Pie Cupcake Recipe...

Could a cupcake recipe be any easier than this incredibly delicious looking banana cream pie one! I love that this banana recipe includes a cream filling of banana cream pudding, that you also use for the frosting mix...can you say yum! Everyone will be impressed when they ask where you bought these and you tell them they are homemade, go on and gloat.

Recipe Ingredients:

• Betty Crocker® FUN da-Middles™ yellow cupcake mix with creamy vanilla filling

• 3/4 cup water

• 1/3 cup vegetable oil

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 box (3.4-oz size) banana cream instant pudding and pie filling mix

• 12 vanilla wafer cookies

Frosting

• 1 cup butter, softened

• 4 cups powdered sugar

• 1/2 box (3.4-oz size) banana cream instant pudding and pie filling mix

• 3 tablespoons whipping cream

• 1 tablespoon vanilla

• 2 teaspoons banana extract

Garnish

• 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

• 12 vanilla wafer cookies

Directions:

• "Make cupcake batter as directed on cupcake mix box, using water, oil, eggs and adding 1/2 box of pudding mix. (Other half of box will be used in frosting.)

• Before filling paper baking cups as directed on box, place 1 vanilla wafer cookie in bottom of each paper cup. Fill cups as directed on box. Bake and cool cupcakes.

• Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

• Frost cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle tops with graham cracker crumbs; top each with 1 cookie."

Source: BettyCrocker

10. Banana Split Cookie Recipe...

Banana Split Cookie Recipe...

If you love banana splits you will probably love this banana recipe that includes strawberry cake mix, vanilla pudding, and chocolate chips! I think I would even have a side of vanilla ice cream to enjoy with these tasty looking cookies. We're always looking for fun recipes that the girls can make on their own with their friends and I can see this banana split cookie being a big hit with everyone.

Recipe Ingredients:

• 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® strawberry cake mix

• 1 box (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix

• 1/2 cup vegetable oil

• 2 eggs

• 1 banana, chopped

• 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

• "Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, stir together cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs until well combined. Fold in banana.

• Onto ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.

• Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool 20 minutes.

• In small microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips on High in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Use spoon or fork to drizzle melted chocolate over cooled cookies. Let chocolate set before serving."

Source: BettyCrocker

I don't know if you love bananas as much as I do, but with the variety of banana recipes here you are sure to enjoy at least one of them. Take the classic banana bread recipe and give it a twist with chocolate chips and banana nut cheerios or turn Elvis' favorite sandwich into a grilled banana spilt with peanut butter. Your kids, friends, and family members will love these banana recipes and will love helping you make them. Surprise everyone in the morning with a banana pancake recipe or give your grandmother a lovely gift of banana butter. Test these out in your kitchen and share with us the banana recipe you love the most!

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