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Got a ripe banana or two sitting around? You’re in luck. Ripe and overripe bananas are a superhero of whole-food, plant-based baking, keeping things moist while adding flavor and a natural sweetness. This collection of 22 vegan recipes include banana bread, muffins, pancakes, brownies, carrot cake, oatmeal, French toast, a smoothie bowl, and six banana ice cream recipes, (aptly named “nice cream”). Go bananas with ripe bananas!

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Banana and Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Banana helps sweeten these chewy brownies on the inside. But it’s the sliced banana on top that’s really clever, adding a fresh creaminess to complement the rich chocolate-peanut flavor.

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Vanilla Nice Cream With Real Vanilla Bean

Keep a store of frozen banana on hand and you’re mere minutes away from plant-based ice cream, aka “nice cream.” In this recipe creamy frozen banana is flavored with fresh vanilla bean for a heavenly effect.

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Banana Teff Bread

Banana is the main sweetener in this gluten-free banana bread. The end result is a deliciously moist loaf, fragrant with cinnamon and studded with walnuts and raisins.

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Frozen Chocolate-Banana Treats (Better Than Ice Cream!)

For off-the-scale yumminess check out these frozen banana balls: Rolled oats, frozen banana, and cocoa powder combine to create chewy chocolate creaminess, and the cereal coating adds crunch.

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Banana-Stuffed Aquafaba French Toast

In this incredible baked vegan French toast, two slices of bread are filled with sliced bananas then dipped in a plant-based custard mix. The secret ingredient in the dipping cream is aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid), which keeps the toast light and crunchy.

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Cranberry Orange Pumpkin Muffins

Loaded with oats, orange, banana, pumpkin, and cranberries these flour-less muffins are moist, fruity, and naturally sweet. Note: If you don’t have dried cranberries, raisins are a good substitute.

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Acai-Banana Ice Cream and Oats

This is one of those recipes that you’d never come up with on your own, but once you try it, it all makes sense. The porridge is a subtly sweet, earthy mix of oats, millet, and zucchini. Now add fresh or frozen berries and a scoop of banana-açaí ice cream for a magnificent breakfast or dessert.

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Banana-Oat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Stuffed with banana, oats, and wheat flour, these scrumptious pancakes will keep you powered up for hours.

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2-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Frozen banana plus cocoa powder (or cacao, or carob) equals creamy-dreamy chocolate ice cream. And you can make it quicker than you can drive to the store!

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Just Vegan Banana Muffins

This banana muffin recipe really illustrates how useful bananas are in baking by adding sweetness and keeping things moist and tender at the same time.

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Strawberry-Chocolate Ice Cream

This pretty pink ice cream tastes sensational—an easy dessert that the whole family will be excited about.

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Blueberry Oat Breakfast Muffins

Got a ripe banana, fresh or frozen blueberries, and some sweet potato?  These mouthwatering muffins are picky-kid-tested and plant-based mom–approved.

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Mini Apple-Raisin Muffins

The hint of orange in these cute Apple-Raisin Mini Muffins comes from orange zest and a dash of orange juice. Don’t be surprised to find yourself reaching for another. And another.

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Banana Almond Granola

Proving once and for all that you don’t need oil or processed sugar to make golden, crunchy granola, this recipe is a sweet start to the day. It’s also a great snack or after-dinner filler.

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Banana Blueberry Bars

Flourless and packed with goodness, these hearty oat bars are so good you’ll want to make plenty.

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Banana Pancakes

Learning how to make healthy plant-based pancakes is a game changer when you switch to a WFPB diet. Because let’s face it, any day that begins with pancakes is a good day, especially when they’re nutritious, and delicious like these banana pancakes.

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Mango Ice Cream

It’s hard to put into words how fabulous this mango and banana ice cream is. Sweet, sun-kissed, and refreshing, it’ll brighten your day, for sure.

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Perfect Vegan Carrot Cake

Traditional carrot cake always sounded healthier than it was. But no worries with this recipe. Spicy-sweet and with no added oil or processed sugar, this vegan carrot tastes great served by itself or topped with cashew- and date-based Vanilla Cream Frosting.

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Blueberry-Raspberry Aquafaba Muffins

These easy vegan muffins are sweetened with banana and dates and are light and airy thanks to aquafaba—the liquid that comes in a can of chickpeas. The recipes calls for fresh blueberries and raspberries, but frozen work fine, too.

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Manna Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Banana gives this luscious green smoothie bowl its creamy texture, while kale, kiwifruit, and wheatgrass add a tangy-green punch of flavor. You can really have fun experimenting with whatever fruit and grains you have on hand.

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Raw Choco Bites With Oats and Carrots

Packed with tasty ingredients like dates, figs, banana, oats, coconut, and cacao, these divine little balls are ready in 15 minutes or less.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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