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Unique Twists on Banana Bread Recipes

If you've ever wondered what to do with all those leftover bananas, we've got the solution! Shake things up in the kitchen with these unique variations on the classic banana bread recipe.

We rounded up some of our all-time favorite homemade banana bread recipes. Elevate your family’s snacking from ordinary to bananas!

1. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Transform week-old bananas into the perfect, not too sweet but oh, so moist loaf.  A cup of HERSHEY'S SEMI-SWEET MINI Chips balances the sweetness of the banana and the walnuts add a delicious texture.

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2. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 

Whether someone you know has a food sensitivity, or you just want to experiment with different flours, this recipe is for you. No fancy ingredients needed for our version of the classic, which satisfies your sweet tooth without the gluten.

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3. Peanut Butter Chip & Banana Mini Muffins

Who says you need an entire slice of banana bread to satisfy your sweet tooth? There are times when other banana bread variations do the trick. Try these golden glazed mini muffins enhanced with REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips and a quick glaze. There’s no need to limit yourself to just one!

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4. HERSHEY'S Blackout Banana Bread

While we know you’ve tasted chocolate banana bread before, we’re pretty sure you’ve never tasted one as rich and chocolatey delish as this one. Katie Higgins from ChocolateCoveredKatie created this decadent recipe exclusively for HERSHEY’S KITCHENS.

chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips

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5. Cream-Filled Banana Cupcakes 

Can we all stop for a moment to think about the sheer genius of combining a fluffy cream cheese filling with a classic banana cupcake? Best yet, this recipe is geared for anyone who’s short on time. Simply start with a package of banana cake mix and you’re almost good to go!

banana cupcakes with cream filling

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6. Toffee-Banana Rum Bread

Like an escape to a tropical island…for your taste buds! Bananas, nuts, rum extract and HEATH BITS ‘O BRICKLE Toffee Bits all come together in this not-too-sweet treat. Serve warm with fresh vanilla ice cream for an island-inspired dessert.

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7. Quick & Easy Chocolate Banana Snack Cake

Make a banana cake that’s easy and perfect to keep around for after-school snacking or unexpected company. Use your blender to create a fluffy batter that creates a lighter feel than most traditional banana cakes.

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8. Star-of-the-East Fruit Bread

There’s a reason that some cakes become instant classics and we’re pretty sure we know why this one will be making a regular appearance on holiday tables. Unexpected ingredients like Calimyrna figs and mandarin orange segments add a rich fruitiness and pops of color. The chocolate drizzle on top adds an elegant touch.

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Experiment with different fruits and add-ins to elevate everyday banana bread to company-worthy.

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