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10+ of the Best Banana Bread Recipes

There’s truly nothing better than pulling a fresh loaf of banana bread out of the oven, which is why I’m constantly testing out new unique, delicious recipes for you.

Did you know that I have over 10 healthy banana bread recipes on my site? Oh yes, you could say I’ve been on a kick for quite some time. You know these aren’t your regular old, plain banana bread recipes. I have everything from the best carrot cake banana bread and a chai-infused banana bread to one that seriously tastes like a chocolate brownie.

I have a number of gluten free banana bread recipes and even the best vegan one you’ll ever eat — so there’s truly something for everyone. Leave a comment and let me know which one is your fav!

My best tips for perfect banana bread

Regardless of the recipe you’re working with, I have a few tips and tricks that will ensure perfect banana bread every time:

  • Follow the recipe. This one may be obvious, but I get hundreds of questions each day about ways to substitute different flours, wet ingredients, etc. The key to perfect banana bread is to use the recipe that was created, tested, and re-tested for you! I will always note substitution suggestions within the post and in the notes section of the recipe — both ones that I’ve tried and ones that I haven’t but think will work.
  • Use overripe bananas. When I say overripe I mean OVER. Super ripe bananas with lots of brown spots are what help naturally sweeten banana bread and give it that true banana flavor!
  • Don’t overmix the batter. This tip is mostly for using regular flours (not gluten free flours). Over-mixing the batter will create tough, dense banana bread. You only need to mix until the ingredients are just combined.
  • Try it the next day. Banana bread is always best the day after it’s baked, as the sugars release the bread gets sweeter!

Have fun with mix-ins

If you couldn’t already tell by scrolling through these banana breads, yes, I love to mix in chocolate chips. What’s better than warm melted chocolate in every bite? I think nothing. BUT chocolate chips aren’t the only thing you can mix in to make your banana bread extra special! Feel free to get creative by adding any of the following to your banana bread batter:

  • Chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans
  • Blueberries or dried fruits
  • Peanut butter chips (omg yes)

Don’t forget to top each slice with a little butter, honey and sea salt (my fav combo) or your fav nut butter. SO GOOD.

healthy banana bread in a loaf pan

Best Ever Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

carrot cake banana bread sliced on parchment paper

Healthier Carrot Cake Banana Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

tahini banana bread on parchment paper

Healthy Honey Flax Tahini Banana Bread

almond flour banana bread sliced and stacked on top of eachother

Nourishing Almond Flour Banana Bread

vegan banana bread sliced on a cutting board

The Best Vegan Banana Bread You’ll Ever Eat

Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread Bars with a chocolate drizzle

Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread Bars

chai banana bread on a wire rack

Healthy Chai Banana Bread with Salted Cashew Butter Vanilla Glaze

chickpea flour banana bread sliced on a baking sheet

Chickpea Flour Banana Bread (gluten free!)

sliced healthy chocolate banana bread loaf

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Banana Bread

quinoa banana bread with chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Banana Bread

paleo chocolate banana bread bars in a stack

Double Chocolate Paleo Banana Bread

Paleo coconut flour banana bread sliced

Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Banana Bread

chocolate zucchini banana bread in a loaf pan

Healthy Marbled Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread

If you make any of these banana bread recipes be sure to leave a comment and a rating on the recipe so I know how you liked it!

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