If you’re not making banana bread, are you even in lockdown?
With the amount of banana bread being made this year, the rumours of COVID-19 being sponsored by banana bread actually seem quite plausible. Perhaps it’s knowing that we can count on the sweet, fluffy loaf to deliver happiness amidst all this uncertainty, or maybe we’re finally using up the spoils of our initial panic buys. Either way, it’s fair to say that baking is a new kind of therapy, so trying all of these banana bread recipes could even be good for your health. Go get your apron on and channel your inner Mary Berry!
(If you’re hesitant about diving into a complete loaf, why not check out this handy little banana mug cake recipe to start with?)
1. Cream cheese banana bread
When two great things become one. This decadent union offers moist, tangy, fluffy, creamy goodness. What more could you honestly want from one single banana bread loaf? The art really lies in trying to get that creamy swirl to land up in the right place and making sure you don’t bake it for too long. Get the recipe here.
2. Double chocolate banana bread
If this is what banana bread life is about then I could watch bananas go brown all day. Chocolate banana bread is an all-day, everyday food. Breakfast? Sure. Mid-morning snack? Duh. To replenish your energy after walking to the kitchen and back? You deserve it. Tea? You get the point. Get the recipe here.
3. Vegan banana bread mug cake
Only a mouthful, but a dreamy one. Banana bread is one thing. The fact that it’s vegan is a bonus. But in the form of mug cake? That’s just pure heaven. The recipe also promises that it can all be done in under 5 minutes, or even 80 seconds when you get the hang of it — which you will. Get the recipe here.
4. Grilled banana bread peanut butter s’more with vanilla marshmallows
And this is how you take your banana bread crusts to the next level, with very little effort and maximum reward. Get the recipe here
5. Five-ingredient flourless banana bread
Who knew flour would be such an integral ingredient in surviving this pandemic? If you did, and you stocked up early, then you officially win at lockdown. For those that did not have the foresight and haven’t been able to find any, you can still hop on the banana bread bandwagon. Gather bananas, oats, eggs, maple syrup (or honey) and baking soda, mix and bake. It’s dangerously easy. Find the recipe here.
6. Peanut butter banana bread
The salty, nuttiness of peanut butter balances out the sweetness of banana perfectly — also, walnuts are dead boring. If you already have a banana loaf lying around, then whipping out a jar of peanut butter and spreading it on could spice things up a bit. See the recipe here.
7. Sweet potato banana bread
When the banana bread baking obsession takes hold, you might land up using your dinner ingredients too, which is absolutely encouraged. Sweet potato adds texture to the bread while keeping it moist and adding a beautiful, earthy sweetness to it. Top it off with whatever leftovers you find in the pantry. See the recipe here.
8. Marbled banana cake
The secret ingredient here is strained yogurt. It takes the edge off the sweetness and keeps the loaf gorgeously moist. Pour over heavy cream and dark chocolate ganache for a sophisticated treat. Get the recipe here.
9. Banana rum bread
This boozy twist on the now kitchen staple will test your discipline. The flavor of the rum will only reveal itself to those who have enough restraint to wait a day or two. Baking does not burn off the rum, so make sure no minors or pets can reach it. See the recipe here.
10. Vegan cinnamon chocolate banana loaf
This spiced loaf will make you feel like it’s the festive season again. The ingredients add a dense but bouncy texture that’s broken up with smooth, melted bits of chocolate. Find the recipe here.
11. Pina colada banana bread
This will easily replace happy hour. Of course, the pineapple adds moisture but it also adds unique texture along with the coconut. Get the recipe here.
12. Cardamom chocolate chip banana bread
Studies show that cardamom may have a positive effect on your anxiety levels along with a whole range of health benefits, including the ability to enhance your breathing. By simply adding this key ingredient to your baking efforts, you could essentially turn your kitchen into an aromatherapy spa. Get the recipe here.
(Tip: A cute baking tray instantly gives an old recipe new life!)