Banana Breakfast Recipes for a Sweet Morning Treat

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Buttermilk-Banana Waffles
Photo: Jason Donnelly

If a banana is your favorite grab-and-go breakfast, why not take some time to slow down while still enjoying this simple fruit? For an even better way to start the day, try one of these delicious banana breakfast recipes including crumbly banana muffins, banana pancakes, and even banana breakfast cookies. If you're not up for baking first thing in the morning, we've got banana oatmeal recipes and banana smoothies to start your day, too.

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Banana-Stuffed French Toast

Banana-Stuffed French Toast
Andy Lyons

This banana breakfast idea is sure to make for an indulgent, delicious morning. Start with a banana and cream cheese filling, then dip French bread slices in cinnamon, sugar, and peanuts for a sweet, crunchy finish.

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Berry-Banana Smoothie Bowls

Berry-Banana Smoothie Bowls
Jacob Fox

If you like smoothies for breakfast, try it in bowl form for a little something different. This banana smoothie bowl is blended with berries for a sweet-tart finish. Greek yogurt adds some gut-healthy probiotics to your morning.

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Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Bits and Raspberries

Banana Pancakes Chocolate Bits Raspberries
Jason Donnelly

Few things complete a lazy Saturday morning like a thick stack of banana pancakes. Mix chopped chocolate into the pancake batter for a sweet upgrade. Raspberries provide a tart twist to every bite.

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Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookie

banana oat breakfast cookie
Kim Cornelison

Cookies for breakfast are A-OK when they're loaded with wholesome ingredients such as oats, natural peanut butter, dried cranberries, and whole-wheat flour. A mashed banana keeps the cookies moist and naturally sweet. Freeze each cookie in an individual bag for an easy grab-and-go breakfast.

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Protein-Packed Smoothie

Protein-Packed strawberry Smoothies with straws
Peter Krumhardt

This strawberry-banana smoothie is a quick way to boost your energy in the morning. Plain fat-free yogurt and a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter provide 10 grams of protein per smoothie.

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Buttermilk-Banana Waffles

Buttermilk-Banana Waffles
Jason Donnelly

Our Test Kitchen developed this banana breakfast recipe with busy mornings in mind. Take some time to whip up these delicious banana waffles and freeze them so you can just pop one in the toaster instead of getting out the waffle maker.

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Roasted Banana Bread

Roasted Banana Bread
Blaine Moats

You can't go wrong with this classic banana breakfast recipe. Our Test Kitchen's secret to making perfect banana bread? Roasting the bananas in the oven first to allow for a deeper banana flavor.

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Peanut Butter, Banana, and Bacon Oatmeal

Peanut Butter, Banana & Bacon Oatmeal
Andy Lyons

To make basic oatmeal extraordinary, it's all about the toppings. A sliced banana makes a sweet complement to salty bacon and peanut butter atop a steaming bowl of your favorite oatmeal.

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Raspberry-Banana Croissant Sandwich

Raspberry Croissant Sandwich
Andy Lyons

Don't be fooled: This breakfast only tastes like a dessert. Raspberries, mango, and, of course, banana, are sandwiched inside a fresh croissant to ensure you get a full serving of fruit. Honeyed cream cheese finishes this indulgent banana breakfast recipe.

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Vegan Banana Pancakes

Vegan Banana Pancakes
Jacob Fox

These banana pancakes are dairy-free and egg-free for plant-based eaters and anyone with allergy restrictions. Enjoy the fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and some vegan coconut whipped cream (we include a recipe, but storebought works, too).

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Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies

Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies
Karla Conrad

Oatmeal cookies aren't just for dessert. Chock-full of oats, peanut butter, and dried fruit, these banana breakfast cookies are perfect for busy mornings. They make an equally delicious healthy mid-afternoon snack.

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Zucchini-Banana Flaxseed Muffins

Zucchini-Banana Flaxseed Muffins
Jason Donnelly

Here's a healthy banana breakfast idea that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and shredded zucchini add protein, antioxidants, and fiber all in one little banana muffin.

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Toasted Oat Muesli with Banana

Toasted Oat Muesli
Jason Donnelly

Skip the sugary storebought cereals and opt for making your own. Oats, almonds, flaxseed, dried banana chips, and a hint of cinnamon get nice and toasty in just 25 minutes. Enjoy the banana-based breakfast with your favorite milk or nondairy milk.

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Dark Chocolate-Banana Smoothie Bowls

Banana-Dark Chocolate Smoothie Bowls
Jacob Fox

Chocolate and banana are already a magical combo, but turning it into a smoothie bowl feels like you're having ice cream for breakfast. A cup of soft tofu in the mix is our secret ingredient to provide you with a protein-packed start to the day.

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