Bananas are majorly versatile. We love to snack on them plain, but bananas are a fruit that can do things we never dreamed were possible. Need some examples? You can use bananas to replace dairy in baking, like this Banana Pecan Upside Down Cake or these Banana Bread Doughnuts. You can also use them to make ice cream — yes, ice cream, like this Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake or these Banana Ice Cream Bars — and there are so many other ways we can use bananas. And when you’re done using the bananas, don’t throw away the peel! You can use banana peels for home remedies like sleep tea, damaged hair, tooth whitening, and more.
We could tell you all about the great things you can do with bananas, but we’d rather just show you. So, in honor of this amazing fruit, we’ve gathered up 15 sweet and delicious recipes that feature bananas as a main ingredient.
1. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake
While this No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake tastes and seems like an indulgence, it is actually a healthy and hearty treat! It nurtures your body while appearing to be a luscious escape. The peanut butter filling gets its creamy texture from bananas and cashews and it sits on a chocolate crust, topped with chocolate chips and coconut for a little added texture. So good!
2. Raw Banana Caramel Cups
These bite-sized Raw Banana Caramel Cups are great to take to parties, picnics, or even to grab on the go. A creamy banana ice cream envelopes a sticky-sweet date caramel. A topping of blueberries or any berry you like adds the perfect finishing touch. You won’t have any hassle when you make this simple recipe.
3. Banana Bread Pudding
This Banana Bread Pudding is the creamiest, sweetest and yummiest way to use up leftover bread and ripe bananas. Seriously — bananas and peanut butter? How could that POSSIBLY go wrong? Answer: it can’t. And bonus, this banana bread pudding is extremely budget-friendly!
4. Banana Akaras: Sierra Leone Banana Fritters
Akaras appear in a multitude of recipes throughout the world, both sweet and savory. These Banana Akaras are a favorite breakfast in Sierra Leone. Light and fluffy, but also gluten-free, the taste and texture of these fritters is like banana pancakes combined with doughnuts. They’re also ready in just 20 minutes, from start to finish, so they’re the perfect breakfast for your days off where you want to cook yourself breakfast, but don’t want to spend your entire morning in the kitchen.
5. Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Nice’ Cream Blizzard
Miss Blizzards? Try this Peanut Butter Caramel “Nice” Cream Blizzard recipe. While you can make vegan ice cream from cashew and coconut milk, this delicious sundae is made from frozen bananas! You get all the sweet, chunky candy-filled ice cream deliciousness without the dairy!
6. Chia Oat Banana Pancakes
If you have bananas that are too ripe to eat, don’t throw them away! Make these gluten-free Chia Oat Banana Pancakes instead. Puréed bananas and maple syrup help sweeten these pancakes that are so light and fluffy, you’ll never want to make anything else.
7. Chunky Monkey Doughnuts
These Chunky Monkey Doughnuts are pure gorgeousness. Placing chewy banana slices at the bottom of the pan gives them a distinct appearance that’ll catch everybody’s eye. And they don’t just look good — they taste just like a doughnut version of that beloved ice cream flavor. The leftover batter can also be made into muffins, or into more doughnuts!
8. Avocado and Banana Pudding
These pretty, green Avocado and Banana Puddings are super easy-to-make and only require four ingredients! Avocado lends its creamy texture to this dessert, the maple syrup and almond milk provide sweetness, and the agar agar gives it that gelatin-like consistency. Enjoy these on their own, or feel free to dress them up with toppings like cacao bits, or frozen fruit.
9. Raw Twix Bars With Banana Date Caramel
It’s candy bar time. We present to you, Raw Twix Bars With Banana Date Caramel. Regular date caramel is delicious, but this banana date caramel takes it to a level you never thought possible. The crumbly cookie base is made from oats and dates, the caramel is gooey, and the delicious chocolate coating holds it all together. We wouldn’t want to share these Twix with anybody.
10. No-Bake Chocolate Banana Cream Cake
This No-Bake Chocolate Banana Cream Cake will become your new BFF. Even if it looks fancy, it’s really easy to make. You’ll only need a few ingredients and a high-speed blender. It’s made in minutes and it’s not only healthy, it’s mind-blowingly delicious and totally decadent!
11. Banana Bread Energy Bars
Need a pick-me-up? These Banana Bread Energy Bars will come to your rescue! Made from mashed bananas, dates, crunchy almonds, and popped buckwheat, and a touch of cinnamon for warmth, they have the perfect balance of chewy and crunchy. Plus, you don’t even have to turn on the oven!
12. Sugar-Free Banana Chips
You don’t need a dehydrator to make these banana chips! These crispy, crunchy, and Sugar-Free Banana Chips are made from sliced bananas baked at a low oven temperature until completely dry. Of course, if you want them sweet, add sugar — you can also add any flavor you like, such as cinnamon, cocoa powder, or salt. These are a great snack or addition to your morning cereal.
13. Banana Peanut Butter Chia Bread
Banana bread is a versatile snack. You can have it for breakfast with a cup of coffee, grab a slice as a quick snack, or enjoy it for dessert. This gluten-free Banana Peanut Butter Chia Bread is naturally sweet and made from oat flour, so it’s the perfect snack for all of those things! It’s super easy to make, too — it can be made in a blender instead of a food processor to cut back on clean-up time.
14. Chocolate and Banana Butter Cups
Bananas and chocolate were meant for each other. So it’s no surprise that each of these Chocolate and Banana Butter Cups is absolute bliss. Better yet, the chocolate is actually raw cacao, it’s bound by coconut oil, and the dessert is sweetened with maple syrup and vanilla extract. That’s a treat you can feel good about eating!
15. Protein-Packed Hemp Crepes
Are crepes breakfast? Dessert? Brunch? You decide! You don’t need eggs to make these Protein-Packed Hemp Crepes because mashed banana gets the job done! They’re delicious when you keep the topping simple with hemp seeds and sliced bananas, but you can also make it decadent with coconut whipped cream, chocolate syrup … you name it!
Looking for more interesting ways to use bananas in the kitchen? Find these recipes and more on our vegan banana recipes page!
Lead image source: No-Bake Chocolate Banana Cream Cake