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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Banana Cakes, Breads, and More
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.
Here's that winning banana and chocolate combo again, this time as a super simple snack cake.
You can't tell me that banana bread is for breakfast only. I mean, look at that delectable frosting! Surely this qualifies as dessert!
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.
This 5-star winner is a great example of how adding just one banana can make a good recipe even more delectably moist.
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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.
Greek yogurt adds a tart edge to this easy freezy dessert that you churn in your ice cream maker.
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.
Over the Top
Chef John shows you how to make this famous flaming banana dessert. Yeowza!
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.
And now for something completely different: bananas rolled in brown sugar and fried in lumpia wrappers (or use egg roll wrappers). Seriously OMG.