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Healthy Banana Recipes

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Do you know what day tomorrow is?It’s National Banana Lover’s Day! Seeing as I haven’t done a theme post in almost two months, I figured this was the perfect occasion to showcase my love for the fruit oft referred to as “nature’s candy bar.” Got extra bananas on hand? Here are 18 healthy banana recipes to use them up:

Healthy Banana Recipes:

healthy peanut butter pie
Healthy Peanut Butter Pie

banana pudding
Banana Pudding Recipe

fat free banana bread
Fat Free Banana Bread

chocolate soft serve
Homemade Chocolate Soft Serve

peanut butter breakfast
Peanut Butter Breakfast Pudding

Chocolate Monkey Bites

banana cupcake
Microwave Banana Cake

banana pancakes
Banana Split Pancakes

banana bread oatmeal
Banana Oatmeal Squares

chocolate fudgsicles
Healthy Chocolate Fudgsicles

Banana Bread Doughnuts

chocolate banana butter
Banana Chocolate Butter

banana fudge
Mini Cheesecake Bites

banana bread cereal
Banana Bread in a Bowl

The “Melted Banana” Trick

Chocolate Chip Banana Bites

breakfast cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

And a quick and easy recipe:

Banana Breakfast Pops

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  • 2 bananas
  • yogurt of choice - I like nondairy coconut yogurt
  • granola of choice OR Healthy Graham Crackers
  • mini chocolate chips, coconut shreds, cinnamon sugar, etc.
  • popsicle sticks or silverware to insert in the bananas
Yield: 4 pops


Pour granola or crushed crackers into a very shallow dish or plate. Peel the bananas, cut them in half, and insert popsicle sticks. Dip into the yogurt or coat with a knife, then roll into the granola or cracker crumbs and add-ons. I stuck the chips on by hand after rolling in the granola. Place on a parchment or wax-lined tray. Freeze. Keep uneaten banana pops in the freezer.

View Banana Pops Nutrition Facts

Will you celebrate Banana Lover’s day?

Or are you one of those people who absolutely HATES bananas? It seems like a polarizing food: people either love bananas or hate them. For all of the banana haters out there, rest assured tomorrow’s recipe will have nothing to do with bananas. But it might include chocolate chips. You don’t have a problem with them, right? 😉

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Becca says:

    This is one of my new favorite posts! I love bananas! I think if I could eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be a peanut butter banana sandwich (okay, so if you want to get technical, that’s three things, but it makes one great thing). Yummm!

  2. Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely have to try some of these!:)
    -Grace Gilbert

  3. Kendra says:

    Banana Lover’s Day?? Now that is MY kind of holiday!! I love bananas, and am very glad I am not one of those people who can’t stand them:) Life without bananas would be a very sad one:D By the way, your banana bread recipe is the BEST banana bread I have ever made; it is sooooo moist and delicious! Though admittedly, I have never tried the fat-free version–I always prefer to add oil:) And your banana butter is amazing as well; I use it all the time on top of my pancakes and oatmeal.

    1. I’ve tried the fat free version – it’s a little chewier but still very good!

  4. JacquelineW says:

    I don’t HATE bananas, but I am very particular (read: strange) about how I eat them. I’ll only eat a green banana straight out of the peel, but I’ll use ripe bananas in recipes. For some reason, I don’t mind the taste of banana if it’s been baked, LOL.

    Some of these look really good, I’ll have to check them out :)

    1. totally with you on that!! they can be as as ripe and as bashed as they like for baking but for straight eating they still need a slight green tinge and no bruises :-)

      1. JacquelineW says:

        I know, right? Good to know I’m not crazy :)

  5. Hazel says:

    So excited you posted these recipes! Think I might make a few this week with my abundance of bananas :)

  6. I love, love, love bananas. I eat at least 3 a day! One in my morning smoothie, and at least 2 frozen ones for snacks. I’ll definitely have to check out these recipes…the Chocolate-Chip Banana Bites look awesome!

  7. I was eating a banana a day for a while and recently fell off the bandwagon – I’ll have to pick a bunch up at the store today when I go stock up on hurricane snacks!

  8. Jasmin says:

    Oh my Katie…. I love bananas! I must try out every recipe! I just finished eating a banana blended with peanut butter (kinda like your lower calorie pb) and then I saw that you had a banana split version with chocolate… I think I may have to try that right now too.

  9. I actually despise bananas. I don’t know why. Something about their taste turns me off. Though I do like banana muffins and bread especially with chocolate chips, which I adore. So I’m all for tomorrow’s recipe! 😉

  10. I’m definitely a banana lover! Everything looks awesome!

  11. I definitely used to be hater! But one day I decided to try a banana and I have been hooked ever since! I easily eat 2-3 bananas a day and with all these new recipes to try I might be upping that number to 4 today :) Thanks Katie!

  12. Debbie says:

    I love bananas. I want to make some chocolate chip banana pancakes. I need to go to the store to get some more bananas, I just froze the last of them.

  13. Olivia says:

    Hooray for bananas! I’m a banana lover, too. That reminds me of a shirt that I bought a few years ago at Justice, that says “Let’s go bananas!” with a dancing banana on it 😛 (and I think I recall it used to be banana scented too, but that wore off after a while). Maybe I ought to wear it tomorrow!

  14. Banana’s are one of my absolute favorite fruits and are definitely a favorite baking add-in! Thanks so much for sharing that tomorrow is banana day. I will definitely have to honor thy banana!! 😉

  15. I actually don’t care for bananas too much but these all look pretty good. I know baking with bananas especially you can’t even taste the bananas. (which for me is okay :)

  16. I LOVE bananas. So does my son- so much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if his first real word is “banana.” <–It's helpful that they're sweet, soft, make great soft serve, and are still cheap even when purchased fair trade!

  17. My all time favorite banana thing?
    Banana with Almond butter! Simply love it. With homemade almond butter, it’s affordable, too 😉

  18. Gabbie says:

    THANK YOU FOR THIS! BLESS THIS POST!! I didn’t know us banana lovers had a special day. Oh my gosh, this is perfect. Thanks Katie!!!!!

  19. Katie L. says:

    I love bananas! I will eat them in almost any form (except in yogurt – that’s just weird). My go-to breakfast is usually a toasted English muffin with chunky natural peanut butter and sliced bananas (gotta get my protein!). I had no idea that Banana Lover’s Day existed! I’m so happy that you have put so many banana recipes all in one place!

  20. Rynn says:

    I absolutely love bananas, they’ve been my favourite fruit since I was little. Unfortunately, both my mom and sister are allergic to them so I always have to be careful what I use them in. :(

  21. Yay for banana day! Haha. They are great plain, or in baked goods! All around pretty awesome.

  22. Shannon says:

    Katie I absolutely love bananas! Six days out of the week I eat peanut butter breakfast pudding while using your never-ending oatmeal trick. And the 7th day of the week, well I have your banana pancakes of course :)

  23. Chelsea says:

    Hey there, Katie!
    I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I’m in LOVE with your healthy chocolate chip cookies, carrot cupcakes and brownie batter dip! 😀 They’re all sooo yummy!
    Anyway, I’m a self-proclaimed banana fanatic…haha. I love to freeze two bananas and puree them with peanut butter and silkin tofu in my food processor for breakfast. I had never heard of Banana Lover’s Day, but in honor of it – I’ll definitely have to whip up something to curb my cravings. Maybe your banana breakfast doughnuts will do the trick?
    Hmmm…we’ll see….
    Well, thanks for the tasty treats! 😉
    Stay healthy.

  24. I do not understand people that hate bananas – HOW?!

    They’re so good…and considering that I usually eat at least one banana a day I can pretty much guarantee I’ll be partaking.

    1. Joyla says:

      If you could read the comments on the Internet about what the “Banana Haters” say, you might understand why. There are many, many reasons why. It’s pretty obvious to me too. My mother told me that I have hated bananas since I was a baby. So it’s not just a phase, it’s a fact. I can’t stand the smell, the texture (mushy, squishy, slimey), the looks, the stringiness, the rubbery skin, can soon turn BLACK, and most of all the TASTE. I have tried many, many ways to get a banana down….but no way. I also heard from a doctor that that is the worst fruit you can eat because of the concentration of carbs. As far as the vitamins are concerned, they can be found in other foods. So going by the description, it might be worth a second look at them.

  25. Alison says:

    OMG this makes me so excited! Since my family is going out to eat dinner tomorrow night, I celebrated tonight instead by having some peanut butter banana soft serve! SOO GOOD! Never going back to PInkberry to have their peanut butter froyo. Also, I’ll probably have half a banana tomorrow morning in my breakfast, no matter what it is. 😉

  26. that banana chocolate butter sounds pretty darn amazing!

  27. Nichole says:

    I look up to you so much. You are an inspiration to my veganism and helped me realize blogging can be fun too! I love your blog and check it religiously lol. Thank you so much! :)

  28. holly says:

    Happy banana lovers day!

  29. Wiarda says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!!!!! Your blog is my dream come true!!!!! I have five kids and myself that need to be kept sugar free. I dreamed about finding a blog like this. You’re it! You’re the one! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthsnkyou!

  30. I can’t seem to go a day without eating bananas. I like to celebrate banana day everyday :-)

  31. Carissa says:

    I love love love bananas! They’re so versatile. I have a friend who used to be allergic to them. I felt so bad for her! At summer camp, she’d have to do apple boats instead of banana boats in the campfire.

  32. Shaina says:

    I loooove bananas! I celebrated Banana Lover’s Day by making banana-nutella bread with lots of chocolate chips :)

  33. Kelly says:

    Yum! I love bananas!!!
    I have a question: did you ever decide a winner for the vitamix contest??

    1. Yes lol that page was updated long ago :).

      1. Kelly says:

        Haha oops! Thank you (:

  34. How on earth have I missed the recipe for Microwave Banana Cake?!?!

  35. I love banana soft serve! So delicious!! I will definitely be making it today!

  36. Kerry says:

    I love bananas, and I eat at least one every day! All of these recipes look so good! I can’t wait to try them. There are several that I’ve wanted to try for a long time. I just seem to eat all of the bananas before they’re ripe enough to bake with. I guess I’ll have to hide a few from myself this time!

  37. Jesann says:

    I hadn’t even known about this until I saw your email today — but the funny thing is, when I saw it, I had just gotten back from the grocery store where I had bought a few bananas in hopes of making chocolate-covered frozen bananas today….

  38. Abbey G. says:

    My favorite way to eat bananas is eating dipped in peanut butter or frozen and pureed with almond milk for an after-dinner treat. Yummy. :-) And your recipes sound delish!

  39. I didn’t even know it was banana lovers day and oddly enough i posted a banana recipe today! Everything looks out of this world!!

  40. Alanna says:

    I’ve always loved bananas and banana bread, but I had no idea how fantastically versatile they were before finding this blog! I only like to eat them when they’re just past green (hate mushy bananas!), so living alone it’s tough to eat them all before they over-ripen. Now that I know I can freeze them (it seems so obvious now!) and use them to make shakes, “ice cream”, oatmeal, and all sorts of delicious baked goods, I buy them every time I go to the store! I love that they’re available all year round and aren’t expensive, too!

  41. I celebrated with your banana pancakes for one! :)

  42. sunidhi says:

    Yes u r right bannana is very good for healthy. but we can not have more bannana directly if we prepare some good items like this we can have espcecial for childrens. thanks a lot for some good posting.

  43. Bananas + Chocolate Chips = BEST THING EVER! Chocolate always makes me happy. 😉

  44. Susan Nymeyer says:

    I repinned the 15 healthy banana recipes today, but I have frequently repinned your recipes in the past and I love getting your emails. Your recipes make me happy. Thank you! I’m hoping to win the food processor so that I can make even more Chocolate Covered Katie creations!

  45. I repinned the Chocolate Soft Serve!!! YUMMY!! My family LOVED it!!!!

  46. Misty says:

    I’ve got some ripe bananas, and I was trying to think of what I felt like making with them, so I headed over to CCK for some ideas. Love this post!

  47. Isabel says:

    Hi Katie! I especially love the chocolate recipes. Thanks for posting this wonderful info. The pics are amazing! I tried the Banana Split and love the ease of preparing it, it finished in a jiffy, and the taste …. out of this world!!! I have recently switched to making my own chocolate after taking a chocolate making class with Benchic here in LA. Just want you to know I am simply in awe of the wealth of creativity you offer here. Late evenings in front of the tube are no longer reminiscing “the good old days” of store bought ice cream, cookies and sweet filled treats to soothe that nite-cap itch. Rather …. a rebirth to making home-made creative treats seals in the guarantee of food freshness and certainly chunks of health benefits and complemented by EXPLOSIVE PLEASURE! Tu tu tu!

  48. Katie says:

    I am definitely a banana lover! I can’t wait to try your banana bread recipe! Banana bread is my absolute favorite and I have been on the search for a vegan version since going vegan a couple months ago. Yours looks absolutely delicious!

  49. Bananas are such a great fruit!

  50. Tony says:

    Can vegetarians eat bananas? These recipes look nice, great work Katie!

  51. Deepa Iyer says:

    I am doing a series on single portion microwave recipes. I have plenty of banana left over at home and your post on single portion banana muffin / bread is a savior :) Cheers! Great blog and wonderful pics. Been looking at this all day at work 😉

  52. I found the healthy banana recipes a great gift for the banana lovers and I enjoyed reading.

  53. Michelle says:

    Our favorite isn’t on here that is mostly sweetened with bananas- oatmeal breakfast cupcakes. We make them at least twice a month and put extras in the freezer. We also love the soft serve. I think the peanut butter pie is next. :)

  54. Mead says:

    Healthy recipes but not low carb with all the bananas. There aresome places where I think cream cheese might be better.

  55. Wow! Which to choose from…they all look delicious!!! How do you stay so thin?! lol!

  56. Emma says:

    Wow, all of these look amazing. I have been looking for a healthy banana bread recipe for ages, so I really want to try all of these now. Thank you for sharing!