These Top Banana Desserts Don’t Monkey Around

Bananas are so common, it’s easy to take them for granted. In fact, they’re the second most consumed fruit in America (apples occupy the top spot, those show-offs). But don’t underestimate this everyday fruit. Just take a look at how you can transform ordinary bananas into extraordinary desserts.

Banana Pies

Homemade Banana Pudding Pie

Let’s start with this classic banana pie on a vanilla wafer crust. Sure, there are versions out there that call for instant pudding, but this top-rated beauty shows you how easy it is to make the whole thing from scratch, including the fluffy meringue topping. Just in case you need tips for making meringue, we’ve got you covered.

Best Banana Desserts | Homemade Banana Pudding Pie

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Chocolate Banana Pie

Bananas love chocolate, and they don’t care who knows it. Just take a look at the deliciousness they create when you get them together in the same pie crust. It’s almost NSFW.

Best Banana Desserts | Chocolate Banana Pie

Photo by Melisa Creemer

No-Bake Mile-High Banana Split Pie

Everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form. As a public service, I’ll tell you right now the hot fudge sauce is laced with rum. But you can leave it out if you want to serve it to the kids.

Best Banana Desserts |Best Banana Desserts | No-Bake Mile-High Banana Split Pie

Photo by skilla167

Banana Pudding and Yogurt Parfaits

Here’s a quick and easy snack to make with bananas, yogurt, banana pudding, and gingersnap cookies. You could layer it all in jars for grab-and-go breakfasts or picnic desserts.

Get more recipes for banana pies and puddings, and get tips for baking custard pies.

Banana Cakes, Breads, and More

A-Number-1 Banana Cake

The batter for this popular cake can be used to make banana bread and muffins, too. Top it with cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts the way lots of reviewers do.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Here’s that winning banana and chocolate combo again, this time as a super simple snack cake.

Best Banana Desserts | Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Photo by TTV78

Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread

You can’t tell me that banana bread is for breakfast only. I mean, look at that delectable frosting! Surely this qualifies as dessert!

Best Banana Desserts | Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread

Photo by Dianne

Healthy Banana Cookies

There’s not a speck of gluten or refined sugar here. Instead, these moist, chewy cookies are packed with oats and sweetened with chopped dates. A great option if you’re trying to keep things on the healthier side.

Best Banana Desserts | Healthy Banana Cookies

Photo by Talena

Banana and Walnut Brownies

This 5-star winner is a great example of how adding just one banana can make a good recipe even more delectably moist.

 Banana and Walnut Brownies

Photo by lutzflcat

Enjoy more recipes for banana cakes, brownies, and cookies

Frozen Bananas

Healthy Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Frozen bananas hit the blender with peanut butter, chocolate, and just a touch of milk to smooth things out. You can substitute coconut or almond milk to make it totally dairy-free.

Best Banana Desserts | Healthy Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Photo by Mackenzie Schieck

Banana Chocolate Walnut Frozen Yogurt

Greek yogurt adds a tart edge to this easy freezy dessert that you churn in your ice cream maker.

 Best Banana Desserts | Banana Chocolate Walnut Frozen Yogurt

Photo by Kim’s Cooking Now!

Monkey Tails

You’ll love how easy it is to make these old-fashioned favorites. Roll the chocolate-dipped bananas in nuts, mini chips, coconut, or sprinkles for kid-pleasing summertime treats.

Best Banana Desserts | Monkey Tails Photo

Photo by CClove’s2bake

Over the Top

Chef John’s Bananas Foster

Chef John shows you how to make this famous flaming banana dessert. Yeowza!

Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Bananas, bread, and chocolate baked in a sweetened milk-and-egg custard and served warm from the oven. Hold on a moment while I grab a spoon.

Best Banana Desserts | Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Photo by TTV78

Banana Lumpia

And now for something completely different: bananas rolled in brown sugar and fried in lumpia wrappers (or use egg roll wrappers). Seriously OMG.

 Best Banana Desserts | Banana Lumpia

Photo by Baking Nana

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