The humble banana bread may have become the unofficial treat of the coronavirus pandemic with global web searches for the snack increasing 54 per cent and holding steady in the past two months. From a practical point of view, this snack is perfect in these times of crisis. Think of all the overripe bananas that people had been throwing away pre-Covid-19; this wasteful attitude is given a timely reality check in these hard times, where people are more motivated not to throw away food, even scraps.

While they look unappetising, overripe bananas are rich in antioxidants, according to health experts. And they’re also ideal for banana bread (of course, you can use those that aren’t too ripe as well). Plus, with quarantine baking becoming a form of therapy for many people stuck at home, the easy-to-make treat is a great first step into the joys of baking.

From the classic banana bread recipe to varieties with chocolate and even dates, here are six different ways you can add a delicious twist to this healthy snack.

1. Banana and oat loaf

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2. Cream cheese-filled banana bread

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3. Banana bread

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4. Raspberry and banana bread

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5. Banana and date loaf

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6. Chocolate banana cake

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