26 Guilt-Free Banana Recipes for Breakfast & Dessert

Don’t throw out your overripe bananas just yet.

November 8, 2017
Mitch Mandel

Not sure what to do with your overripe bananas–don’t worry, we got you covered. Whip up some of our scrumptious banana-filled recipes and enjoy all of the health benefits of the potassium-loaded, nutrient-dense fruit today and every day after.

More: 9 Healthier Recipes You Can Make with Almond Butter

No more monkeying around, it’s time to have some fun in the kitchen.

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Banana Chocolate Smoothie

No need to give up snacking to lose weight! This snack will power you through your day without a grumbling stomach.

Get the Banana Chocolate Smoothie recipe from Flat Belly Diet! for Men

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Banana Waffle

Toast the waffle, then top with sliced banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg, then top with pecans.

Get the Banana Waffle recipe from Flat Belly Diet!

Mitch Mandel
Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Cake

You should never feel guilty about eating cake, especially when it’s warm out of the oven.

Get the Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Cake recipe from A Man, A Pan, A Plan

Mitch Mandel
Chocolate-Banana Cupcakes with Almond Butter Frosting

Whip up a batch of these cupcakes that promise a double dose of chocolate.

Get the Chocolate-Banana Cupcakes with Almond Butter Frosting recipe from Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Cookbook

Mitch Mandel
Chocolate Banana Stuffed French Toast

The whole grain bread and banana slices boost the fiber in this all-time favorite. Using sprouted whole grain bread gives you the advantage of magic carbs.

Get the Chocolate Banana Stuffed French Toast recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

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Banana-Maple-Pecan Pancakes

Anchored by eggs, nuts, and fruit, these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free dreams truly let you have your 'cakes and eat 'em, too.

Get the Banana-Maple-Pecan Pancakes recipe from The Healthy You Diet

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Chocolate-Banana Granola Bowls

Swap out your usual yogurt-and-granola breakfast for this power-packed upgrade that blends thick and creamy.

Get the Chocolate-Banana Granola Bowls recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

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Berry Banana Bubbly

Try working this smoothies into your day and watch the weight melt off.

Get the Berry Banana Bubbly recipe from The New Abs Diet Cookbook

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Banana Split Muffins

All the flavors of a banana split are loaded into these amazing muffins making them a dessert-worthy breakfast!

Get the Banana Split Muffins recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

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Lite Banana Cream Pie

This pie is light, creamy, and delicious. A wonderful guilt-free pleasure.

Get the Lite Banana Cream Pie recipe from Eat Up Slim Down Annual Recipes 2003

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Guiltless Banana Split

Drizzle with the chocolate syrup and top with the whipped topping.

Get the Guiltless Banana Split recipe from Prevention's Decadent Desserts for Diabetics

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Frozen Chocolate-Banana Pops

They’re simple to eat—they don’t get your hands messy or dribble juice as you eat them—and they’re extremely portable.

Get the Frozen Chocolate-Banana Pops recipe from The Doctors Book of Food Remedies

Mitch Mandel
Mocha Banana Smoothie

For a frothier smoothie, add ice until you reach your desired consistency. Garnish the smoothie with cacao nibs.

Get the Mocha Banana Smoothie recipe from recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Mitch Mandel
Coconut-Banana Pancakes

Switching from an ultra-processed and bleached flour to one that incorporates the whole grain can be a huge first step in cleaning up your diet.

Get the Coconut-Banana Pancakes recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Mitch Mandel
Grilled Banana Sandwiches

Got kids? Want them to eat breakfast? Make this.

Get the Grilled Banana Sandwiches recipe from The New Abs Diet Cookbook

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Banana Bread

For the best flavor, use very ripe bananas in this tasty recipe. 

Get the Banana Bread recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Banana-Pecan Oatmeal

Bananas, pecans, and oatmeals, we're not saying they were meant to be together, but they definitely weren't meant to be apart.

Get the Banana-Pecan Oatmeal recipe from Flat Belly Diet!

Mitch Mandel
Crepes with Banana and Kiwifruit

To make the crepes ahead of time, cook the crepes, stack, cover with foil, and chill or freeze.

Get the Crepes with Banana and Kiwifruit recipe from 2011 Eat up Slim Down!

Marcus Nilsson
Banana Chocolate Chip Macadamia Muffins

Note: The batter can be prepared, put in the pan, refrigerated overnight, and baked in the morning.

Get the Banana Chocolate Chip Macadamia Muffins recipe from Walk Off Weight Quick & Easy Cookbook

Justin’s and Rachel Mansfield
Flourless Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread

After the bread has been baking for 20 minutes, top with chopped peanut butter cups and banana chips.

Get the Flourless Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread recipe from Justin's and Rachel Mansfield

Bobo's Oat Bars
Banana Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

A Pumpkin Banana Smoothie with pumpkin spice and everything nice (er-hum, cinnamon, that is).

Get the Banana Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe from Bobo’s Oat Bars

Wild Friends Foods and Molly Krebs of Spices in My DNA
Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze

There's nothing like a good freshly fried, yeasted doughnut, but these baked donuts may just be our new favorite. 

Get the Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze recipe from Wild Friends Foods and Molly Krebs of Spices in My DNA

Elizabeth Stein, CEO and Founder of Purely Elizabeth
Bananas Foster Crepes

Impress the family with these super easy Bananas Foster Buckwheat + Teff Crepes.

Get the Bananas Foster Crepes recipe from Elizabeth Stein, CEO and Founder of Purely Elizabeth

Banana Almond Teff Porridge

Top each bowl with a sprinkle of almonds, extra banana slices and a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired.

Get the Banana Almond Teff Porridge recipe from Almond Breeze

Siggi's Dairy and Talitha of Wholesome RD Mom
Banana Protein Pancakes

You’ll be amazed at how fast these pancakes disappear.

Get the Banana Protein Pancakes recipe from Siggi's Dairy and Talitha of Wholesome RD Mom

Hampton Creek
Vegan Banana Walnut Bread

Cool the loaf on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes, then carefully pull out the banana bread out of the pan to finish cooling on the wire rack.

Get the Vegan Banana Walnut Bread recipe from Hampton Creek

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