Cozy Banana Recipes to Warm You Right Up this Season

Fall has arrived and our bellies are about to get a whole lot happier – that’s right, it’s officially time for us to welcome back the season of baking. 

As the days grow colder, what better way to warm up than with some delightful baked goods? I don’t know about you, but we’re ready to indulge in all the delicious comfort food that autumn brings and, in the spirit of the season, we’re sharing a few of our favorites with you. 

We’ve gathered a bundle of recipes that pair well with your chilly mornings, family gatherings, and evenings around the fireplace. If you bake anything this season, make sure it’s every single one of these. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

 1. Creamy Banana Bread

The crown jewel of all fall baked goods: banana bread. There’s a reason why this delicious treat never goes out of style – it’s sweet, light, and much easier to prepare than other types of bread. If you haven’t welcomed banana bread into your fall breakfast rotation, you may want to reconsider after checking out this recipe. 

Over the years, we’ve become self-proclaimed banana bread experts and we know a good recipe when we see it. This one uses cream cheese as a special ingredient to make this treat melt-in-your-mouth delicious. 

This banana bread is great on its own, but can be fully customized with your favorite add-ins: for more protein, add in chopped nuts, for more spice, throw in some nutmeg and cinnamon, for more sweetness, add half a cup of chocolate chips.

2. Fried Bananas

If you want to make any food taste even more amazing, throw it in a fryer and let the magic happen. When most people think about fried bananas, they immediately assume that plantains are the main ingredient. While this makes for a great savory snack, we’re all for indulging our sweet tooths this season. 

Taking after a traditional Brazilian breakfast meal, this recipe instead calls for Cavendish bananas, the sweet ones you know and love. The fruit is peeled, sliced and fried in ooey-gooey butter. Once the banana slices are are golden brown, they are removed from the pan and coated in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

For a sweet end to the day, top off a scoop of vanilla ice cream with your warm, fried bananas. Talk about a match made in Heaven. 

3. Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

These sweet banana cupcakes offer a healthy alternative to the sugary confections you know and love. Modeled after a traditional banana bread recipe, this recipe is sure to steal the hearts of all who have the privilege of indulging. What really takes these cupcakes to the next level, though, is the addition of a marshmallow filling. 

So, go ahead, steal a few marshmallows away from your camping stash and grab your spotty bananas because you don’t want to miss out on this recipe. This treat is quite a showstopper which makes it great for impressing at family gatherings and when you’re hosting guests. 

Since these cupcakes take after banana bread, they have a balanced amount of sweetness, making them easy to love regardless of age or diet regimes.

4. Banana Nut Blondies with Maple Frosting

 A fall take on a traditional blondie, this recipe is rich, chewy, and packed full of flavor. The brown sugar in the cookie bar base brings out the subtle but delicious flavors of the bananas. Not to mention, the extra ripe fruit makes these bars so incredibly moist. 

Playing into classic autumnal flavors, the traditional cream cheese frosting is sweetened with maple syrup instead of plain sugar. Although distinct, the mapley goodness does not overpower the other ingredients; in fact, it enhances them and brings together the entire recipe. 

If you’re looking to give a fall upgrade to one of your favorite desserts, make sure to add this recipe into your rotation. 

 5. Banana Pumpkin Cookies

Okay, we HAD to include one healthy recipe in this lineup. However, don’t get it in your head that healthy means boring – these cookies are anything but that. Would you believe us if we told you they have all the flavor of a traditional cookie but they are free of added sugar, vegan, and paleo-friendly? 

We know what you’re thinking: how on Earth have they managed to do this? Well, due to the unique composition of the banana’s fruit, it serves as the prime ingredient binder in addition to being the main sweetener. To top it off, adding in the raw pumpkin introduces even more moisture as well as that familiar fall flavor. 

These cookies are great for those who want to enjoy all of the yummy baked goods that autumn has to offer, without any of the ensuing guilt.

6. Banana Bread Pudding

Bread pudding has long been a delicious way to make use of our leftover bread scraps. Now don’t get us wrong, we don’t expect you to let your beloved banana bread go to waste, but this recipe is certainly still one to try out. 

There’s nothing more comforting than the feeling of digging into a warm, golden brown bread pudding. The inclusion of bananas in this recipe brings out the custard flavors in the traditional recipe. Topped off with a smooth, vanilla sauce, you’ll be feeling cozy in no time. 

This baked good is excellent if you are feeding a large group. If you don’t have any extra stale bread lying around, try out this tip. Pick up a bag of cheap white bread from the store and place the opened bag in the refrigerator overnight. The cool temperatures inside your fridge will draw out the moisture, leaving you with a surplus of bread to work with. 

Are you feeling hungry yet because we surely are! We hoped these belly-warming recipes piqued some inspiration for your fall baking agenda. 

As always, we want to see how you’re enjoying your Organics Unlimited bananas. If you try out any of these recipes for yourself, make sure to snap a photo and share it with us. We’d love to see what you come up with! 

In the meantime, let us know which recipe you are most excited to try! With so many wonderful baked goods to try, we’re having trouble picking just one.

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