From a breakfast treat to an afternoon pick-me-up, banana bread is a staple comfort food for many households. Yet too often, life gets in the way, and that tasty loaf of banana bread sits on the countertop, getting staler by the day.
The good news is, now, you don’t have to let it go to waste! Nothing is as versatile as bread in finding original ways to use up leftover ingredients.
So, check out some of our ideas on what to do with leftover banana bread, and let’s get creative!
No Need to Bake
No-bake is a great way to get delicious results without turning on the oven. These kinds of recipes are quick, easy, and don’t require any special equipment. Plus, they’re perfect for summer, when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen.
1 – Make Banana Bread Fondue Boat
Did you know you can use that leftover banana bread to make a delicious fondue bread boat? Well, you can, and it’s as much fun to make as it is to dip into.
Just cut out a rectangular piece off the top center of your loaf, leaving at least two inches of bread on all sides. Now all you need is some chocolate or cheesecake fondue, some fruit, some friends, and that banana bread will be gone in no time!
2 – Repurpose it as French Toast
The eggy, buttery goodness of French toast meets the sweet richness of banana bread. This twist on the classic breakfast dish is sure to be a hit.
Cut the banana bread into thick slices, dip it in a couple of beaten eggs and milk, and cook on a griddle or in a frying pan until golden brown. Serve with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
3 – Roll Up Some Energy Balls
If you’re looking for a more health-conscious recipe, try making banana bread protein energy balls. They’re the perfect snack to have on hand when you need a quick pick-me-up.
First, crumble the banana bread into small pieces. If it’s too dry, add a few teaspoons of milk or Greek yogurt. Then, add in your protein powder and mix well. You can also sprinkle some chopped nuts or dried fruit if you like.
Roll the mixture into small balls, and set them aside. You can make these in under 30 minutes for some no-hassle bite-sized goodies. Plus, they’re the perfect treat to make with your kids.
Some Assembly Required
If you’ve got a little more time to spare, you can try these techniques. Some prep time and cooking may be required, but you’ll still be able to whip up a tasty dish in under an hour.
4 – Make Banana Bread Tiramisu
Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert usually made with ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder. Once in a while, you can mix things up and use banana bread instead
1. Start by slicing the banana bread into thick slices. In the meantime, brew some strong coffee or espresso and let it cool.
2. Then, begin layering the slices in the bottom of a tiramisu dish. Spread them out evenly, and brush them with the coffee until they’re soaked through.
3. In a bowl, mix the mascarpone cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Once you have a thick mixture, layer this over the banana bread slices, then top with another layer of banana bread.
4. For the last layer, top the tiramisu with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
5. Let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld together.
5 – Mix It into Your Pancakes
Banana bread and pancakes are two of our all-time favorite breakfast foods. Banana bread is so moist and fluffy, while pancakes are just so darn delicious. It’s a match made in breakfast heaven!
To start, take your leftover banana bread and cut it into thick slices. Then, soften them in some milk for a few minutes. Once they are gooey, mash them up, and add them to your pancake batter.
You’ll end up with the most amazing pancakes packed with flavor. Serve them with some fresh fruit and maple syrup, and you’ll have a breakfast dish that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces.
6 – Make Banana Bread Ice Cream
Yes, you read that right. One of the best ways to use up your banana bread leftovers is to make ice cream!
First, cut the banana bread into small pieces and put it in a food processor. Add a little milk and blend until it breaks the bread into fine crumbs. Then, mix it into a vanilla or custard cream mixture and freeze using your ice cream maker for 30–45 minutes.
Back to the Oven
Yup, you’ll need to preheat the oven for these recipes. Who knew leftover banana bread was so good that you could bake it twice?
7 – Make Bread Pudding
Of course, we couldn’t talk about leftover banana bread without mentioning banana bread pudding. It’s a classic and for good reason.
- 1 cup leftover banana bread, cubed
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- At the same time, get a bowl, and whisk together the milk, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Next, add the cubed banana bread to the bowl and stir everything together.
- Once everything’s been mixed properly, pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
- Last, let the pudding cool for a few minutes before serving.
8 – Turn it into Crumb Crust
A banana bread crumb crust is perfect for pies, tarts, cheesecakes, and even quiches. It’s also a great way to deal with leftover banana bread.
You can make a crumb crust by pulsing the banana bread in a food processor until it becomes crumbly. Then, mix in some melted butter and sugar to hold it together.
Next, press it on the bottom and sides of your pan. Finally, bake it on high for a few minutes until it’s nice and golden brown.
9 – Make Banana Bread Biscotti
If you have some leftover banana bread and you’re not sure what to do with it, why not try making biscotti? Biscotti are Italian cookies twice-baked into crispy perfection. Here’s how you can make your own:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Next, begin lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Then, place your leftover banana bread slices on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on each side, until the slices are slightly toasted.
- For the last step, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Finally, cut the slices into one-inch pieces and enjoy with some coffee.
For a little more flair, you can even dip each piece in melted chocolate and top it with some crushed almonds. Then, place them on a wire rack to give time for the chocolate to set before serving.
10 – Fix Up Some Banana Bread Brownies
An undeniable crowd-pleaser, brownies are sure to make anyone forget you were using leftover banana bread in the first place.
To make banana bread brownies, crumble the banana bread. Then, gently press it into the pan. Next, pour in your favorite brownie mix, and you’re ready to bake.
Everybody seems to know what to do with leftover bananas: make banana bread. Do this enough times, and you’ll end up with more yummy cake than you can eat.
Then, you’ll end up wondering what to do with leftover banana bread instead. Fortunately, there are many ways to use leftover banana bread to create new and exciting dishes.
So, if you have some banana bread that’s going stale, don’t throw it out! Instead, give these ideas a try. You’ll thank us later!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.
Wednesday 12th of April 2023
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