When it comes to desserts, the last flavor you probably crave is banana. Being one of the most common fruits, it's hard to make them exciting. Sure, banana cream pies are pretty great. And nothing will replace the nostalgic taste of a banana split. But when all the dessert options are on the table, bananas don't really stand a chance.

Or so we thought. And we were sure proven wrong when we took a look to see what others (with more imagination) were making with bananas. Bakers had the smart sense to see the potential in this every day fruit and have made some amazing cakes, puddings and even popsicles. This is one case where we sure are happy we were wrong.

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  • Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie With Hot Fudge Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2012/03/14/peanut-butter-banana-cream-pie-with-hot-fudge-sauce/" target="_blank">Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie with Hot Fudge Sauce recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Hummingbird Coffee Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2012/05/10/hummingbird-coffee-cake/" target="_blank">Hummingbird Coffee Cake recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Peanut Butter Banana Pops

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://passthesushi.com/peanut-butter-banana-pops/" target="_blank">Peanut Butter Banana Pops recipe</a> by Pass The Sushi</strong>

  • Shortbread Cookies With Nutella, Banana And Almonds

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/11382-shortbread-cookies-with-nutella-banana-and-almonds.html" target="_blank">Shortbread Cookies with Nutella, Banana and Almonds recipe</a> by Steamy Kitchen</strong>

  • Banana Flapjacks

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/21162-gluten-free-banana-flapjacks" target="_blank">Banana Flapjacks recipe</a> by Weird & Ravenous via Food52</strong>

  • Banana Bourbon Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/01/banana-bourbon-cupcakes/">Banana Bourbon Cupcakes recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Banana Pudding Parfaits

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2012/04/13/banana-pudding-parfaits/" target="_blank">Banana Pudding Parfaits recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Banana Scones With Brown Butter Glaze

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/03/22/banana-scones-with-browned-butter-glaze/" target="_blank">Banana Scones with Brown Butter Glaze recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Banana Cream Cheese Breakfast Cakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://passthesushi.com/banana-cream-cheese-breakfast-cakes/" target="_blank">Banana Cream Cheese Breakfast Cakes recipe</a> by Pass The Sushi</strong>

  • Banana Split Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/03/11/banana-split-cupcakes/" target="_blank">Banana Split Cupcakes recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Caramel Banana Pudding

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/9716-caramel-banana-pudding" target="_blank">Caramel Banana Pudding recipe</a> by Lizb via Food52</strong>

  • Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2012/01/20/banana-cream-pie-cupcakes/" target="_blank">Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Banana Cream Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/03/banana-cream-pie-recipe.html" target="_blank">Banana Cream Pie recipe</a> by A Spicy Perspective</strong>

  • Strawberry Banana Milkshake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2013/03/strawberry-banana-milkshake/" target="_blank">Strawberry Banana Milkshake recipe</a> by Foodiecrush</strong>

  • Banana Gelato

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://dineanddish.net/2012/01/oh-bananas-recipe-banana-gelato/">Banana Gelato recipe from Dine & Dish</a></strong>

  • Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/07/29/banana-split-ice-cream-torte/" target="_blank">Banana Split Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Favorite Banana Bread

    The secret to this extra-moist banana bread? Oh-so-silky cream cheese. It will taste even better the day after you make it. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/favorite-banana-bread_n_1058926.html" target="_hplink">Favorite Banana Bread recipe</a></strong>

  • Banana Bread Waffles

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/02/19/banana-bread-waffles/" target="_blank">Banana Bread Waffles recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Butterscotch Banana Blondies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://hungryrabbitnyc.com/2012/11/butterscotch-banana-blondies/">Butterscotch Banana Blondies recipe from Hungry Rabbit</a></strong>

  • Chocolate Banana Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012/07/chocolate-banana-cake.html" target="_blank">Chocolate Banana Cake recipe</a> by A Spicy Perspective</strong>

  • Banana Breakfast Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://dineanddish.net/2013/01/morning-chaos-recipe-breakfast-cookies/">Banana Breakfast Cookies recipe from Dine & Dish</a></strong>

  • Banana Cake With Vanilla Bean Frosting

    Get the Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting recipe by ButterYum via Food52

  • Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2009/03/11/banana-espresso-chocolate-chip-muffins/" target="_blank">Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Banana Pudding

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.the-baker-chick.com/2012/09/21/homemade-banana-pudding/">Banana Pudding recipe from The Baker Chick</a></strong>

  • Kale Apple Banana Smoothie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.livingtodine.com/2013/01/23/kale-apple-banana-smoothie/">Kale Apple Banana Smoothie recipe from Living to Dine</a></strong>

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