I have to admit I get a little excited when my bananas are overripe. A slightly brown, soft banana with a peel that almost falls off is perfect for baking. The natural sweetness of the banana really shines, and they are easy to mash for a bread or pastry recipe. This list of my favorite banana desserts includes everything from banana pudding to banana cream pie to variations on the banana bread. If you’re stuck on what to try first, I would steer you toward the classic banana bread or the banana pudding, but you can’t go wrong with any of them!
It's funny how rather retro American desserts, like the Banana Cream Pie bring back memories of grandmothers and childhoods. I am happy to report this version, inspired by Sarabeth's Bakery, does not disappoint. You have to make one to see how beautifully it cuts and how fantastic it tastes.Get the recipe
This Honeycomb Banana Layer Cake is inspired by Cadbury Crunchie Bar candy my husband ate as a child growing up in Montreal. He’s been asking me to recreate the chocolate covered honeycomb (sponge toffee) candy and now that I’ve had it, I regret not making it decades ago. I made this banana cake with a coffee flavored honey meringue buttercream, the honeycomb candy seemed just the right garnish for the top.Get the recipe
I've spread Nutella on just about everything, but one of my favorites is freshly baked banana bread. In an "aha! moment" I decided to swirl the nutella right into the batter and bake them together. I'm not claiming to have discovered this combo, but I believe this may be the tastiest pairing ever there was.Get the recipe
There is a deep, rich banana flavor to this banana pudding. It is crammed full of ripe, soft bananas in every component, which gives it a natural sweetness that is complimented by the bourbon and caramel flavors.Get the recipe
Butterscotch pudding is an absolute classic, and this version features coffee-caramel bananas that balance the flavors beautifully. The coffee cuts through the sweetness just the right amount so you get a sweet, rich bite that isn't overwhelming.Get the recipe