18 Desserts That Have Us Going Bananas

Banana recipes that go way beyond banana bread

If only eat your bananas on the way out the door in the morning or as a quick snack at your desk, you're missing out on a whole world of uses for this fruit. There are so many ways to get your banana fix in these desserts. With a sweet taste and a creamy texture, bananas lend themselves well to all sorts of sweet dishes. Caramelized, flambéed, or mashed and added to baked goods, these banana dessert recipes make a spectacular end to any meal. We still love them on their own, but there's no way we'd pass on a delicious banana dessert.

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Buttermilk Cookie Salad
Buttermilk Cookie Salad
The addition of buttermilk in this ultra-retro dessert keeps it from being too cloying and renders cookie salad totally appropriate for the adult palate. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Cookie Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross
Banana-Pear Pancake
Banana-Pear Pancake
A thick yet fluffy pancake full of creamy bananas, smooth hints of pear, and crunchy pine nuts over a heap of cool crème fraîche. "This is good with any ripe banana," Francis Mallmann says, so if you have extra-sweet varieties besides the ubiquitous Cavendish available, use them. Get the recipe for Banana-Pear Pancake »Matt Taylor-Gross
Hummingbird Cake »
Hummingbird Cake
This hummingbird cake honors the legacy of the Southern cook Edna Lewis. The luscious, fruit-and-nut-studded layer cake is served in Atlanta's Watershed restaurant; the recipe first appeared in Christiane Lauterbach's feature about the restaurant, which ran in our April 2009 issue. Get the recipe for Hummingbird Cake »Matt Taylor-Gross
Chocolate-Hazelnuts and Banana Crêpes
Chocolate-Hazelnuts and Banana Crêpes
Master pastry chef Jacques Torres likes to fill basic crêpes with this combination of bananas and homemade Nutella. Get the recipe for Chocolate-Hazelnuts and Banana Crêpes »Matt Taylor-Gross
Banoffee Pie
Banoffee Pie
An irresistible British dessert, banoffee pie has its share of fanatics on this side of the pond, too. Banana slices, sticky toffee, and whipped cream are arranged in layers over a cookie-like crust, resulting in a dense, cool treat. Get the recipe for Banoffee Pie »Maxime Iattoni
Glacéed Bananas
Glacéed Bananas
Inspired by a dessert from Beijing's China Club restaurant, chef and restaurateur Cecilia Chiang coats fried bananas in a thin, delicate shell of caramel. Get the recipe for Glacéed Bananas »Ingalls Photography
Banana and Cheese Pudding (Sombremesa de Banana com Queijo)
Banana and Cheese Pudding (Sombremesa de Banana com Queijo)
Fresh bananas layered with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese combine in a sumptuous Brazilian dessert. Get the recipe for Banana and Cheese Pudding »James Oseland
Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum
Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum
Use very ripe organic bananas for these silver-dollar-size fritters, as they will mash the best and create a smooth, sweet batter. Get the recipe for Banana Fritters »Matt Taylor-Gross
Bananas Foster
Bananas Foster
Created in 1951 at the legendary Brennan's restaurant in New Orleans to honor Richard Foster, a friend of the restaurant and local businessman, this boozy, buttery concoction of caramelized bananas flambeed in rum sauce has since become a dining-out classic. Get the recipe for Bananas Foster »Maxime Iattoni
Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes
Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes
Whole wheat pastry flour makes for a smooth, fluffy pancake. Get the recipe for Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes »Maxime Iattoni
Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake
Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake
This recipe for a chocolate and banana layered shake is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes (Norton, 2009) by Adam Ried. Get the recipe for Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake »André Baranowski
Mom's Banana Bread
Mom's Banana Bread
Bananas and pecans come together in an exceptionally moist quick-bread from food editor Ben Mim's mom—it's irresistible at any time of day. Get the recipe for Mom's Banana Bread »Todd Coleman
White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bananas and Rum Sauce
White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bananas and Rum Sauce
This decadent take on an iconic dessert, from Mat & Naddie's Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, gilds the lily, pan-frying white chocolate-enriched bread pudding, and plating it with satiny caramel and sweet bananas. Get the recipe for White Chocolate Bread Pudding »Todd Coleman
Banana Tarte Tatin
Banana Tarte Tatin
Try using tart, apple-like Manzano bananas for this delicious take on the classic French dessert, which is traditionally made with apples. Get the recipe for Banana Tarte Tatin »Todd Coleman
Banana and Dark Rum Bread Pudding
Banana and Dark Rum Bread Pudding
This rich version of bread pudding is a great way to use up overripe bananas or soon-to-go-stale bread. Get the recipe for Banana and Dark Rum Bread Pudding »Helen Rosner
Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Custard, vanilla wafers, and bananas are layered and topped with whipped cream in our version of the classic Southern dessert. Get the recipe for Banana Pudding »Todd Coleman
Brennan's Bananas Foster
Banana Fosters
Banana liqueur heightens the flavor of the bananas in this flambeed dessert from the New Orleans restaurant Brennan's. Get the recipe for Brennan's Bananas Foster »Matt Taylor-Gross
Yogurt with Banana and Grated Coconut (Kela ka Raita)
Yogurt with Banana and Grated Coconut (Kela ka Raita)
At the Indian table, a variety of yogurt-based raitas mollify the tongue-searing effect of chiles. This version, made fruity and sweet with the addition of coconut and banana, is adapted from Foods of the World: The Cooking of India (Time Life, 1969). Get the recipe for Yogurt with Banana and Grated Coconut »Ingalls Photography