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11 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Banana Bread Recipe

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Summer is the season of fresh fruits — but sometimes, we just don’t get to our favorites in time. And when your bananas are starting to brown, there’s only one thing to do — make banana bread, of course!

Banana bread is delicious and easy to make — after all, if you’ve already got the overly ripe fruit, you probably already have everything else you need in your kitchen — but if you’re tired of repeating the same recipe over and over, we’ve got just the thing. Below, we've got ideas to help you put a new spin on an old classic.

Spice Up Your Banana Bread Recipe

1. Add lime.

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If you’re looking to cut the sweetness of banana bread, the tartness of citrus can be just the thing! Using lime instead of lemon or orange adds an unexpected flavor that goes surprisingly well with your usual banana bread. Try Taste and Tell’s lime-glazed banana bread.

2. Add sour cream.

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Sour cream can help keep your banana bread extra moist, and it gives the flavors a boost that can be seriously delicious. There are plenty of good recipes to try, but we’re big fans of this Sour Cream Banana Bread from Reluctant Entertainer.

3. Add blueberries.

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Bananas and blueberries are the perfect breakfast mix, and combining them in bread is brilliant. Crazy for Crust’s Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread tastes just as good as it looks!

4. Add chocolate.

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If you’ve already tried throwing a handful of chocolate chips into your banana bread and it still didn’t hit the spot, this recipe is the one for you. Once you go full chocolate with Two Peas & Their Pod's Chocolate Banana Bread, it’ll be tough to ever go back to the regular thing.

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5. Add peanut butter and apple.

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This peanut butter and apple banana bread combines all of your favorite snacks into one tasty treat. It’s sweet with a hint of savory thanks to the peanut butter and packs a punch of protein. Averie Cooks’ Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread is to die for.

Revitalize Your Banana Bread Recipe

1. Make banana bread coffee cake.

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Add a cinnamon crumb top to your banana bread, and suddenly you've got coffee cake! Whether you've got a lazy morning to savor your snack or just want a bite for the car, Little Bits Of's Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread helps us pretend our coffee cake is actually good for us.

2. Make banana bread upside-down cake.

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This upside-down cake makes sure the bananas stay the star of your banana bread. The gooey-goodness is heavenly and takes your breakfast bread firmly into dessert territory. Try Averie Cooks’ Upside-Down Banana Bread Cake.

3. Make banana bread muffins.

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Hate having to slice off a piece to grab on the go? These banana bread streusel muffins are the perfect fix — and it doesn’t hurt that they’re as yummy as they sound. Recipe Critic’s Banana Bread Streusel Muffins can keep you eating breakfast and snacks all week.

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4. Make banana bread cobbler.

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You’ve tried peach cobbler and apple cobbler and blackberry cobbler — but have you tried banana bread cobbler? It makes the prettiest dessert, and with The Country Cook’s Banana Bread Cobbler recipe, you’ll want to gobble it all right up.

5. Make banana bread donuts.

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Who needs store-bought donuts when you can make your own banana bread donuts? Averie Cooks’ Banana Bread Donuts With Browned Butter Caramel Glaze is the perfect transformation for your banana bread — and the glaze on top is an amazing finishing touch.

6. Make banana bread waffles.

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Commit to a luxurious breakfast in with banana bread waffles. They’re the natural next step from just cutting the fruit into slices on your breakfast — using banana bread batter can help you take things to the next level! Mother Thyme’s Banana Bread Waffles recipe is all you need.

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