i had an excess amount of bananas. beautifully browned, perfect for baking. my grandma was seeking ‘baked goods’ for a gift for a friend. sounds like i’d be making banana bread!

while i do love banana bread i often find it a bit boring… or standard… so i decided to mix things up!


i used this recipe as the base for all my banana breads. it’s super simple and super tasty. i made a total of four batches.

batch # – the standard banana bread. just added a splash of vanilla.

batch # 2 – blueberry banana bread. again using the standard recipe to start, i added the zest of one lemon plus about a cup and a half of blueberries.

batch # 3- chocolate chip banana bread. standard recipe plus a cup of mini chocolate chips. everything is better with a little chocolate. right?

batch # 4 – tropical banana bread. this is when i got really creative! again start with that standard recipe, expect i only used about half the cinnamon. then i added one of those small cans of crushed pineapple and about 3/4 cup of sweetened shredded coconut.

talk about yum!

all of these really spiced up the basic banana bread. i was also going to add peanut butter or peanut butter chips to the next loaf, but i ran out of bananas. an idea for next time i suppose.

what interesting things have you added to your favorite banana bread recipe?

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  • Cherie@DragonfliezCreationz at


    Blueberry banana bread is sooo gooood.
    I always put some vanilla or nutmeg in my banana bread. Just makes it better.

  • judi at

    ok, my mouth is watering from your yummy pics and descriptions! oh how i’d like a piece right now with a cup of tea. 😉
    thanks for sharing the extras you added in.

  • Kathy@ Gone North at

    Yum! Yum! Yum!!!
    Seriously, Banana bread is close to being my favorite food group..
    (we can call it a food group, right?? 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your special additions… think I will go & bake….

  • {northern cottage} at

    yummo… yes everything is definitely better with chocolate and that banana SPLIT bread sounds divine!

  • Lori at

    I have had horrible luck with banana bread, I think the size of the pan matters. I guess size does matter.

  • Andrea at

    The recipe I normally use from my Southern Living cookbook calls for a big can (14 oz.?) of crushed pineapple. I love it this way & always get compliments on it.

    Blueberries sound great too! I wonder how strawberries would taste?

  • Anonymous at

    YES! This was my plan this weekend.
    Can’t wait to make the tropical version 🙂

  • Allison at

    LOVE banana bread – yours looks delish! How fun that you changed up the recipes 🙂

  • jek-a-go-go at

    i’m now wondering if i could get away with hiding all the bananas in the homestead. i LOVE me some chocolate chip banana bread. especially when it is full of cinnamon & black pepper. yeah, you read that right. black pepper!

    the tropical bread sounds amazing!

  • Luisa at

    Yum! I know plain old banana bread can be boring. Love banana with chocolate chips. Love your variations I’m going to have to try these.
    If you are looking for other breads I found an apricot puree bread recipe online but since I didn’t have apricot I used applesauce. It was moist and sweet something new to try.

  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    Yummo yummykins. Feel free to drop a loaf in the mail. 😉 My guys are all banana fiends…so my nanners rarely make it to brown. May have to hide a few.

  • Tania at

    my mom sometimes added pecan nuts and I never liked it as a child – but now I do the same – and luv it!!! Your variations looks great, especially the blueberries!

  • Johanna at

    These look so delicious! I like to add chopped candied ginger or dark chocolate chips. Banana bread is so versatile. I like your peanut butter idea.

  • Melissa at HOUSEography at

    I’ll be honest. I completely suck at baking but I like baking banana bread because it is very forgiving of my poor measuring skills! I like to add a little plain yogurt for extra moisture. My neighbor adds cocoa powder which makes it more like a cake – especially if you also add chocolate chips. BANANA CAKE!

  • Sarah Marie Kathleen at

    Ooh, that tropical one sounds amazing! I’ve never been adventurous with my banana bread but I used to love banana peanut butter smoothies, so I’m thinking pb would be a delicious addition.

  • The Crafty Gals at

    Hey there! Just found your blog from over at Tatter Tots & Jello. I love your ideas for switching up banana bread! our post made me hungry. If it wasn’t 10:00 at night & I wasn’t feeling so lazy, then I’d go make some right now 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  • Little Brick Ranch at

    Banana, blueberries, AND chocolate! How can you go wrong!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Tatertots and Jello!

  • iamblessedx7 at

    My all time favorite sweet bread is the, “Pineapple Macadamia Nut Bread” from , “Harry and David’s.” I’ve never tried to make a similar bread but your Banana bread with pineapple and coconut sounds wonderful! I guess I’ll just have to get experimenting… By the way, macadamia nut’s would be a great addition to your tropical banana bread.

  • Anonymous at

    I sometimes add, chopped dried fruits in mine (cherries, raisins, cranberries, etc) the kids LOVE it that way..

  • master cookies at

    I make a strawbrry kiwi banana bread it bakes better in smaller loaves because there is so much moisture

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