Banana bread is so popular at the moment, it’s everywhere, there are hundreds if not thousands of recipe versions and it tastes so good – but what is banana bread eaten with?
Typically the cake version of banana bread is eaten alone, but there are many ways you can turn banana bread into a dish which is more interesting, including banana bread with ice cream and caramel sauce, banana bread with whipped cream and vanilla or by adding a cream cheese topping as a contrasting flavour.
Read on to see more ideas about what goes well with banana bread and how you can put these ingredients together to make something that tastes out of this world.
Firstly, if you’ve not made banana bread before and you’re looking for some recipes you may want to give one of these easy to follow recipes a try:
Banana and fruit tea bread recipe
5 ideas on What to Eat Banana Bread With
Banana bread can be made in two ways, with or without yeast.
The yeast version has more of a bread-like texture whereas the cake version of banana bread (which is the version you see in most recipes) is moister and more versatile.
For the purpose of this post I’m referring to the cake version of banana bread.
1. Banana bread with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then this suggestion probably isn’t for you! But if you do, then this is a sticky sugar fest which tastes amazing.
Simply place a slice of banana bread on a plate, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream along with a drizzle of caramel or salted caramel sauce over the top and enjoy.
Try warming your banana bread in a microwave for 30 seconds, for a hot-on-cold effect and to revive your banana bread if it’s not freshly made.
2. Banana bread with whipped cream and vanilla
Fresh whipped cream goes well with banana bread and adding a touch of good quality vanilla extract will elevate the flavour of the cream.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth you could add a spoon of icing sugar to the cream to sweeten it up a bit.
3. Banana bread with cream cheese frosting
Cream or soft cheese frosting works really well with carrot cake and it also works really well for banana bread too. The tanginess of the cream cheese helps to cut through the sweetness of the banana bread.
Spread it over the top of the loaf and smooth out with a pallet knife, for an extra special finish, add some dried banana slices or nuts of your choice and drizzle over some caramel or salted caramel sauce.
Follow the steps below to make enough cream cheese frosting to cover a loaf:
You will need:
- 75g Softened unsalted butter
- 30g Icing sugar
- 150g cream cheese
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
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- Scale: Nicewell 22lb Digital Kitchen Scale
- Mixing Bowls: OXO Stainless Mixing Bowls Set
- Pastry Scraper: OXO Stainless Pastry Scraper
- Loaf Pan: OXO Non-stick Loaf Pan
- Kitchen Thermometer: ThermoPro Digital Thermometer
- Stand Mixer (optional): Kenwood Kmix Stand Mixer
4- Banana bread with Greek yoghurt and seeds or nuts – perfect for breakfast
This recipe makes a great on the go breakfast, the Greek yoghurt cuts through the sweetness of the banana bread and the added seeds or nuts add extra crunch and texture.
Try experimenting using the following toppings sprinkled over a slice of banana bread with a spoonful of yoghurt on the side:
- Mixed dry roasted seeds for extra flavour and crunch
- Chopped pecan or walnuts
- A sprinkle of toasted oats with chopped nuts
Finish off with a drizzle of honey if you have a sweet tooth.
5- Banana bread muffins with cream cheese frosting
When you make the banana bread mix, instead of baking it in a loaf tin, divide up between muffin cases instead and bake for around 25-30 minutes at 180°c/365°f.
To test if they’re cooked, insert a skewer into the middle of the muffin and if it comes out clean, they’re cooked.
Cool the muffins on a wire rack and top with the cream cheese frosting mix (see above).