Banana bread is a beloved classic that's perfect on its own, but why settle for the usual when you can turn it into something incredible? Here are some delicious frosting, glaze and topping ideas for your banana breads to change up your favorites and customize them to your wildest cravings. From classic maple glaze to a low-carb Greek yogurt frosting, you'll find the perfect topping for your banana bread in this roundup of options.
1. Halved banana
If you are looking for a simple yet effective topping that is sure to impress, try using a halved banana. This easy topping idea (just sliced and press onto the batter) is easy to prepare, comes with plenty of health benefits, and adds a nice visual element that's sure to turn heads!
Take your banana bread up a notch with a classic streusel topping. Its crispy buttery texture pairs wonderfully with the softness of the bread, creating a delicious balance of mouthfeels. Making the streusel is also really easy – just combine flour, sugar, and olive oil (or butter) for a simple yet satisfying touch.
Simple Streusel Recipe using Olive OilSee Recipe
3. Sliced Almonds
You can get a two-in-one benefit of improving both the look and taste of your banana bread sprinkling sliced almonds on top of the batter before baking. As these sliced nuts toast in the oven, the almonds will impart a delightful crunch to every bite, not to mention, more flavor!
4. Chocolate Chips
Adding chocolate chips to banana bread is nothing new, and yet it's still a timeless favorite that many people still love! To make, sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips on your banana bread batter before baking. As they melt, they create pockets of gooey richness that complement the sweetness of the bananas. This combination of flavors is simply irresistible.
GLAZES & FROSTING IDEAS
5. Pineapple Glaze
Infuse a tropical twist into your banana bread with a pineapple glaze. The zesty sweetness of pineapple pairs perfectly with the bread's warmth, offering a refreshing contrast. The glaze's vibrant flavor will instantly transport you to a sunny paradise.
Simple Pineapple GlazeSee Recipe
6. Caramel or Dulce de Leche
Drizzling rich caramel over your banana bread is a decadent delight. The buttery, sweet notes of caramel blend harmoniously with the bread's earthy sweetness. Each bite offers a luxurious combination of flavors and textures.
Keto Caramel Drizzle / Glaze for Banana Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, Cookies and More!See Recipe
7. Cream Cheese Frosting
Spread a luscious layer of cream cheese frosting atop your banana bread for a creamy and tangy surprise. The velvety smoothness of the frosting perfectly complements the bread's softness. It's a classic frosting idea that will add a touch of elegance to your banana bread.
2-Ingredient Vegan Cream Cheese FrostingSee Recipe
8. Melted Chocolate
The best part about this glaze idea is that it's so simple and yet so delicious! To melt chocolate, place chocolate chips of your choice (white, dark, milk) in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between every interval, until the chips are melted.
9. Sweet Matcha Glaze
Matcha, a special type of powdered green tea, adds a subtle sweetness and a delicate earthy flavor that will bring a special something to your cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other desserts. If you love matcha, but don't know how to make a dessert out of it, I recommend you first try using this glaze!
Simple Matcha GlazeSee Recipe
10. Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Frosting
Opt for a healthier twist with a Greek yogurt frosting. The tangy creaminess of Greek yogurt adds a refreshing element to the sweet banana bread. This lighter option still provides a satisfyingly smooth texture thanks to the powdered almond butter!
Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Frosting RecipeSee Recipe
11. Maple Frosting
Top your banana bread with a maple frosting for a cozy, comforting touch. The warm, deep flavors of maple syrup enhance the bread's earthy sweetness.
Simple Maple Glaze (for glazing pumpkin bread, donuts, cinnamon rolls or cookies)See Recipe
12. PB Fit Chocolate Frosting
Yes, you can make frosting with PB Fit (or other powdered peanut butter)! The combination of peanut butter and chocolate offers a delightful contrast to the bread's softness. It's a treat that's both satisfying and indulgent.
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting for CakesSee Recipe
12. Greek Yogurt Glaze
For a lighter glaze option, try a Greek yogurt glaze. The tangy yogurt complements the sweet banana bread, creating a balanced and refreshing flavor profile. It's a guilt-free way to add a finishing touch to your bread.