Real Appeal: Banana Baking Recipes

The scent of banana bread baking in my oven is quite possibly the best aromatherapy I know. But why limit banana-baking adventures to the best banana bread ever? Perhaps you’d also like the tenderest banana muffins? Or maybe the moistest banana cake (with cream cheese frosting!)? This is the reason I keep overripe bananas in my freezer, sometimes for months. (If you’re not into planning your baking endeavors months in advance, a couple days in a paper bag on the counter should do the trick.) Behold this bevy of baked banana delights.

Favorite Banana Bread: There’s a good reason we call this one our favorite. Forget the chocolate chips and fancy glazes—sometimes simple is the way to go. This easy recipe calls for cream cheese to add luxurious moistness and walnuts to complement bananas’ naturally nutty flavor. For more options, check out our collection of banana bread recipes.

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Easy Peanut Butter-Banana Cupcakes: Sure, these start with vanilla cake mix, but they’re hardly your average cupcakes. Topped with peanut butter, a genius banana-cream cheese frosting (yes, you read that right) and a sprinkling of chopped peanuts, they’re better than anything you’ll find at the fancy cupcake shop.

Sour Cream-Banana Muffins: What’s the best thing since sliced banana bread? Banana MUFFINS. Here, sour cream makes the batter thick and rich, while bananas and walnuts work their magic. These guys are super easy to grab as you walk out the door, and they’re sure to make anyone next to you jealous during your morning commute.

Peanut Butter, Banana & Cream Bars: Bananas, cream cheese, chocolate and peanut butter walk into a bar… but these are no joke! They have have it all: a rich base of peanut butter-chocolate cake, a layer of sliced bananas, cream cheese frosting baked right in and a tender crumb topping.

Banana-Sour Cream Cake: Sometimes you don’t feel like sifting. I totally get it. Go ahead, take the shortcut! No one will suspect a thing once you’ve added super-ripe bananas and—you guessed it—sour cream. The cream cheese frosting seals the deal: This is the banana cake to end all banana cakes.

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