7 Banana Recipes

Your favorite snack brings sweet tropical flavor to sauces, side dishes, and, of course, dessert.

Tropical Punch in a Bunch

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Tropical Punch in a Bunch

Grown in the tropics year-round, bananas never go out of season—but they aren't going to waste, either: Americans eat more of them than any other fruit. So we got inspired by your No. 1 snack, and transformed it in these recipes, using it in classics—see our take on the ultimate smoothie—as well as in curveball ways: bananas + lime + a few more tasty ingredients = a sensational zesty salsa to serve with seafood.

We've included everything you need to know about the fun fruit, from how to slow down (or speed up!) ripening to why the inner peel is priceless to your Pradas. Consider this your complete banana guide.

Banana Waldorf Salad

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Banana Waldorf Salad

Seasoned rice vinegar adds sweetness with low acidity. Find it in the international section of your market, or substitute apple cider vinegar and a pinch of sugar.

Recipe: Banana Waldorf Salad

Coconut-Curry Bananas and Rice

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Coconut-Curry Bananas and Rice

Stir in 2 cups grilled and chopped chicken, and then chill the mixture to turn this flavorful side dish into a hearty salad.

Recipe: Coconut-Curry Bananas and Rice

Banana Berry Smoothie

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Keep a stash of frozen bananas—they're great in smoothies because they add flavor and body.

Recipe: Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Crumble

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Banana Crumble

Bitters aren't just for cocktails. Here, they add unique flavor and aroma to a classic dessert.

Recipe: Banana Crumble

Grilled Seafood with Banana-Lime Salsa

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Grilled Seafood with Banana-Lime Salsa

To add extra flavor to the fish, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt, black pepper, and ground cumin before grilling.

Recipe: Grilled Seafood with Banana-Lime Salsa

Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

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Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Browning the butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to the sauce, but it's tricky to see in a dark, coated skillet. Use a stainless steel skillet to make sure the butter reaches a golden-brown hue without burning.

Recipe: Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Tropical Banana Cupcakes

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Tropical Banana Cupcakes

These cupcakes will have a richer flavor if you toast the nuts before baking. Spread them in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan, and bake at 350° for 5 to 8 minutes. Check frequently, because they burn easily.

Recipe: Tropical Banana Cupcakes

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