10 Extra-Special Ways To Eat Bananas

Bananas, in their natural state, are delicious. But can they become more delicious? Yes.

1. One-Bite Banana Cookies

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup mashed ripe banana (from one small or ½ of a larger banana), in a bowl
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
Fleur de sel for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 300° F.

Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to mashed banana. Set aside for a minute.

In a bowl, stir together flour, curry powder and salt.

Mix banana mixture into butter mixture. Add vanilla, mixing to evenly combine.

Add half of dry mixture to wet ingredients and mix for 10 seconds. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until just combined, using a spatula to scrape down the sides. Fold in unsweetened coconut.

Drop by the teaspoonful on two parchment lined baking sheets, leaving about an inch between each. Bake, one sheet at a time, until golden brown, about 14 to 16 minutes, rotating the pan once halfway through. Sprinkle hot cookies with fleur de sel if desired. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Best enjoyed warm.

Note: If cookies soften in storage, reheat on a pan in a 300° F oven for 5 minutes.

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2. Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips

Isn’t everything made much, much better with dark chocolate chips? Get the recipe at Food52

3. Grilled Bananas with Buttered Maple Sauce and English Almond Toffee

These bananas will rock your grilled dessert world. Get the recipe at Food52

4. Coffee Banana Smoothie (the Jumpin’ Monkey)

Get your breakfast and your coffee in a single glass. Get the recipe on Food52.

5. Fruit-Laden, Whole-Grain Pancakes

Layer these babies up with any of your leftover grilled bananas for a decadent breakfast treat. Get the recipe at Food52

6. Banana Pudding

If for some crazy reason you’re unfamiliar with this Southern classic, it’s basically a trifle made with pudding, vanilla wafers and bananas. Get the recipe at Food52

7. The Kitchn’s One-Ingredient Ice Cream

It’s ice cream, it’s vegan, it’s raw, and bananas are the only ingredient. What more could you want from a frozen treat? Get the recipe at Food52

8. Banana Cardamom Milkshake

A winning combination of spiced, sweet, and creamy. Get the recipe at Food52

9. Banana, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

These moist, delicious cake bars travel well and won’t spread crumbs all over your car seats. Get the recipe on Food52.

10. Frozen Bananas Dipped in Mexican Chocolate Ganache and Spicy Honeyed Peanuts

There’s always money in chocolate and peanuts. Get the recipe at Food52

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