Nothing quite compares to the smell of freshly baked banana bread, and you know that your mouth is already watering just thinking about it. But what if you could take your banana bread game up a notch with some creative ideas?Packed with creative ingredients like chocolate chips, Nutella, oats, and more, this ultimate list of banana bread add in and filling ideas is sure to satisfy your cravings.
This article is a comprehensive guide of delectable add-ins and fillings that will make your banana bread the talk of the town. From blueberries to creamy Nutella, you’ll learn exactly how to make your banana bread deliciously unexpected with over 10 unique and flavor-packed recipes.
1. Chocolate Chips
The combination of these two all-time favorites — banana bread and chocolate chips — will turn your banana bread into one delicious, mouth-watering masterpiece. Loaded with crunchy, melty chocolate chips and the sweet, comforting flavor of banana bread made from scratch, it's the perfect combination of textures and flavors.
Coffee Lover's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (No Eggs, Butter, or Dairy)See Recipe
Imagine the warm, deliciousness of freshly baked banana bread combined with the tart sweetness of fresh blueberries. Not only do the blueberries add more nutrition to your homemade loaf, but they'll also yield a breathtakingly beautiful and comforting treat that’s sure to make your house smell like a cozy cafe.
Blueberry Banana Bread with Sweet Streusel RecipeSee Recipe
3. Coconut, Pineapple & Macadamia Nuts
Introducing one of my favorite combinations! This delightful Hawaiian Banana Bread with Pineapple Glaze and coconut brings together the irresistible flavors of ripe bananas, juicy pineapples, coconut and the buttery crunchy of macadamia nuts in one heck of an amazing loaf.
Hawaiian Paradise Banana Bread with Pineapple GlazeSee Recipe
4. Confetti Sprinkles
Do you love birthdays, cake, and all the special celebrations that come with them? Nothing can bring a smile to your face quite like adding some rainbow confetti sprinkles & cream cheese filling to banana bread. Turn your favorite banana bread recipe into a crowd-pleaser that will make any special occasion feel even more special.
Confetti Birthday Cake Banana Bread with Cream Cheese FillingSee Recipe
5. Diced Apples
Apple pie & banana bread are some of the most iconic desserts of all time, not to mention delicious. Adding applesauce and diced apples to your banana bread is one easy way to combine those two delicious and comforting flavors into one unforgettable loaf!
Cozy Applesauce Banana Bread with a Sweet Streusel ToppingSee Recipe
6. Peanut Butter & Peanuts
Are you looking for a delicious treat that packs a nutritious punch? Make your banana bread into a high-protein and flavorful snack by adding some powdered peanut butter. The added crunch of the roasted peanuts will keep the texture fun and interesting while helping you feel full for hours.
High Protein PB Fit Peanut Butter Banana Bread (Dairy Free, Egg Free Recipe)See Recipe
7. Cream Cheese Filling
Let's face it—banana bread is already a delicious treat, but with a cream cheese filling it feels like you're taking your homemade treats to the next level! Not only does it look impressive, but it also is super easy to make. With just TWO ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can create a mouthwatering, show-stopping cream cheese filling that will have your family and guests raving.
Carrot Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Filling RecipeSee Recipe
8. Matcha & Red Bean Paste Filling
Add some matcha powder to your banana bread for a unique twist on the classic! Combining the nutty, grassy flavor of matcha green tea with the creamy sweetness of red bean paste filling, this Asian-inspired banana bread offers a beautiful presentation that’s sure to wow your guests.
Matcha Banana Bread with Red Bean Paste FillingSee Recipe
Banana bread with Nutella filling is a drool-worthy treat that's surprisingly easy to make. Just pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan and evenly spread some of this decadent chocolate hazelnut spread over the batter, then gently top with the remaining banana bread batter. This simple additional step will transform your banana bread into a gooey, chocolatey dessert.
Super Moist Nutella Stuffed Banana Bread with Olive Oil & Almond FlourSee Recipe
10. Dried Apricots
Adding apricots to banana bread is the perfect way to upgrade your weekend baking. Not only does it add a delicious burst of flavor, but you're also getting extra nutrients to boot. Not only does the combination of banana and apricot flavors create an irresistible taste, but the two ingredients work together to create an unbelievably wholesome and flavorful bread.
Soft and Tender Almond Banana Bread with ApricotsSee Recipe
11. Greek Yogurt
Are you looking for a tasty, high-protein snack that won't weigh you down? Add some Greek yogurt to your banana bread to satisfy your sweet tooth and get a healthy dose of protein at the same time. This quick and easy-to-prepare recipe will fuel your body with energy and keep you happily full.