What to Add to Banana Bread – 20 Delicious Ideas

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There’s something undeniably comforting about the warm aroma of warm banana bread wafting through your kitchen. If you want to take a simple banana bread recipe to another level the next time you make it, I have some great ideas for what to eat with homemade banana bread for a creative twist on this easy recipe.

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The overripe bananas in banana bread give it a natural sweetness and that sweet taste is great all on its own. To dress it up a little more, here are 15 great ideas to enjoy with this classic dessert or breakfast banana bread, adding a burst of flavor, and texture to every bite.

What to Eat with Banana Bread: 15 Topping Ideas

1. Honey Drizzle

Top a slice of banana bread with a luscious pour of golden honey. This adds a subtle floral note, complementing the moist banana bread.

2. Nutty Crunch with Walnuts

Chopped walnuts deliver a satisfying crunch and a nutty depth that enhances the overall texture. You can top the banana bread with the nuts or make walnut banana bread or even chocolate chip walnut banana bread!

3. Whipped Cream Puff

Light and airy, whipped cream transforms a humble slice into a decadent dessert experience.

4. Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkle

A sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top adds a warm and comforting touch, perfect for cinnamon lovers.

5. Creamy Peanut Butter Spread

Smooth peanut butter provides a creamy contrast, creating a classic and wholesome pairing. Almond butter is a great substitute if you can’t or don’t want to use peanut butter. 

6. Fresh Berry Burst

A handful of fresh berries, like raspberries or blueberries, adds a burst of fruity freshness. You can use fresh fruit or thawed frozen fruit to make strawberry banana bread.

7. Toasty Coconut Shreds

Toasted coconut shreds bring a tropical flair, introducing a subtle sweetness and an extra layer of texture.

8. Choco-Hazelnut 

A dollop of chocolate-hazelnut spread elevates the banana bread with a rich, indulgent twist. You can also make chocolate chip banana bread and top it with a hazelnut spread for a similar flavor.

9. Maple Brown Sugar Pecan Delight

Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with brown sugar pecans for a delightful combination of sweetness and crunch.

10. Lemon Glazed Zest

A zesty lemon glaze adds a tangy kick, balancing the sweetness and infusing a burst of citrusy flavor.

11. Vanilla Yogurt

A swirl of vanilla yogurt brings a cool and creamy element, enhancing the overall texture and taste.

12. Coffee-infused Whipped Cream

Whip some instant coffee into your cream for a coffee-infused topping on your banana nut bread, perfect for a morning treat.

13. Cream Cheese Frosting

Spread a generous layer of cream cheese frosting on warm banana bread for an irresistible classic pairing.

14. Vanilla Ice Cream

Top a warm slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert indulgence. Chocolate lovers can drizzle some chocolate sauce on top of this too!

15. Pumpkin Spice Dusting

A sprinkle of pumpkin spice creates an autumnal sensation, marrying warm spices with the banana flavor. 

16. Brown Sugar Streusel Banana Bread

Take your banana bread to the next level by adding a delicious brown sugar crumble to the top of your banana bread.

Ingredients You Can Add to Banana Bread Batter:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Nuts
  • Milk or dark chocolate chips
  • Sour cream
  • Lemon zest
  • Vanilla extract

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