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Easy Ways To Use Bananas in Recipes

Updated on February 15, 2016

Keep Bananas Available and Fresh - I love this idea and they look so cute on the countertop!

Spectrum Diversified Patrice Banana Holder, Bronze
Spectrum Diversified Patrice Banana Holder, Bronze

Keeps bananas from bruising. Elegant scrolled metal.


Delicious Recipes with Bananas

My family loves bananas and it's one ingredient that I always keep on hand for recipes. These are some of my favorite Banana Recipes that I like to make for the family as well as special occasions and holidays.

As a child my favorite way to eat bananas was on cereal and another with ice cream (sort of a banana split). Even though I still enjoy those, I have come a long way with my cooking skills and now I love to find different ways to use bananas in recipes.

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Banana Strawberry Nut Pudding


This is one of my most requested recipes from family and friends. I love that this recipe can be made ahead and ready for guests. I always hope for leftovers, but that never happens!

Serving Size

Serves: 8

Banana Nut Pudding

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  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 large instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 bananas sliced
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 quart strawberries, halved or sliced
Anchor Hocking Presence Trifle Footed Dessert Bowl
Anchor Hocking Presence Trifle Footed Dessert Bowl

Perfect for this banana dessert and also a great bowl for layered salads and fruit salads.



  1. Toast chopped pecans in a 375F oven for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Prepare pudding mix and milk according to package directions.
  4. Reserve 2 tbls graham crumbs.
  5. In a 9 1/2 X 12 baking dish or 2 qt. bowl, layer 1/2 pudding, 1/2 graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 bananas.
  6. Repeat.
  7. Cover with whipped topping.
  8. Sprinkle with pecans and reserved graham cracker crumbs.
  9. Top with strawberries.
  10. Can be made 2 hours ahead and refrigerated.

Some items you may need to make Banana Strawberry Nut Pudding

Pyrex Smart Essentials 4-qt Mixing Bowl
Pyrex Smart Essentials 4-qt Mixing Bowl

Classic, all-around great mixing bowl which is nice to have on hand for mixing anything! Quality Pyrex will last and last.


Try These Fun Variations For Banana Nut Pudding

  • Substitute chocolate pudding for the vanilla pudding
  • Use crushed Oreos instead of the graham cracker crumbs
  • Use fresh whipped cream instead of whipped topping
  • Substitute toasted coconut in place of the pecans

Le Creuset Stoneware 12-1/2-by-9-1/2-Inch Rectangular Baking Dish, Caribbean
Le Creuset Stoneware 12-1/2-by-9-1/2-Inch Rectangular Baking Dish, Caribbean

High quality stoneware that is perfect for desserts, casseroles, lasagna and roasted vegetables.


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Moist and Delicious Chocolate Banana Cake - Bananas add the extra flavor and moistness

This yummy little cake will wow your guests when served with a few banana slices and whipped cream on the side.

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      Shamim Rajabali 3 years ago from Texas

      The banana chocolate recipe seems easy. Bananas are a favorite in my home.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      I love bananas, especially because of their potassium properties. I like to eat mine after every meal.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I really like the idea of combining banana into cake as it would really give nice body to the cake. I like a more filling dessert so this is a really appealing tip.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I'm a muffin or cake kind a guy, I do love bananas I take one in my lunch every day.Thnaks for the great recipes :)

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      jolou 4 years ago

      Absolutely delicious looking food on this page! I love bananas.

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @OhMe: Awesome! And Thank You for being my 2000th comment!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Banana Popsicles and Banana Sandwiches. My husband loves Banana Pudding so we are a Banana Loving family, too. I will have to try some of your recipes. Thanks.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Mmm chocolate banana cake - I have never seen that before. Must try it. We always have bananas in our house and no need ever to find something to use them up, they go too quickly. I will have to buy some and hide them in order to make it!

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: Bananas are a favorite in so many ways. I regularly top a sliced banana with organic yogurt and chopped walnuts. Yummy and healthy!

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Bananas are an important ingredient in a smoothie as they sweeten and thicken the drink. Thanks for these tasty recipes.

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      lmoser 4 years ago

      You are making me hungry. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      I love anything that has to do with bananas. Thanks for the banana nut pudding recipe

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      What a good article! We always keep bananas on hand and you've tweaked my creativity a bit here. I'm definitely going to try out some of these recipes!

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      Ean Brandon 4 years ago from United States

      I have always loved bananas! When my nephew was 5 all he wanted was bananas, or as he called them "na-nums"!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      The chocolate banana cake looks amazing!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I like banana muffins, but I will try your recipe, this sounds interesting.

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      I'll definitely be trying these recipes! My grandma bakes the best banana muffins and I grew up eating them a lot, so I love anything with banana in it!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I simply love bananas. Your recipes look yummy! And I learned about an item I never heard of: the banana hanger! That looks great! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Bananas are a very underrated fruit.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      Great recipes using bananas. I love making banana bread from the bananas that go bad before we eat them. I need to try these recipes!

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Great banana ideas.They look delicious!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Chocolate Banana cake sounds just about perfect.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      this looks great and easy to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Love bananas. They are so versatile in desserts and just to munch.

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      Legenden 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      I can't wait to try the chocolate banana cake, it sounds delicious. When my children were little I would cut banana's into bite size pieces, place them in a bowl, cover with a little milk and sprinkle sugar on top. My kids still love this. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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      Ikey4088 4 years ago

      My wife makes banana bread and the whole family loves it. I will have to get her to try your cake recipe now. Thanks for sharing

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      Had not thought of them as a milk shake before. I am more used to eating them straight up or in the form of a peanut butter and banana sandwich. And that is creamy not crunchy peanut butter.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      The Banana Milkshake looks yummy!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Bananas are the perfect food, naturally wrapped in a biodegradable case, and full of nutrients.

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      pumpum 5 years ago

      I love bananas, they are very healthy. I wrote down one of your recipes, I hope you don't mind :)))

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      WebMarketingPro 5 years ago

      I love bananas too, and those recipes look really yummy!

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      I'll have to try some of these!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice recipes, will have to try the banana nut pudding. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      These banana recipes look absolutely mouth watering!