What Goes With Banana

26 Amazing Banana Pairings For You To Try

· September 14, 2022

Banana Pairings

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Banana. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Bacon

    E.g. The Elvis Presley Sandwich.If you haven't tried the Elvis Presley sandwich you simply haven't lived - though Elvis himself might have lived a little longer if hadn't eaten so many.

    Elvis's mother would cook Elvis this sandwich by layering peanut butter, sliced bananas and crisply bacon between two slices of bread and then frying it on a griddle. His cook would even fry it in lard!

  • Blue cheese

    Why this pairing works:One of my favorite afternoon snacks is peanut butter and banana toasties with a sprinkling of cinnamon. I've been having them a lot lately and fancied a change. I've heard banana and blue cheese are a good match so I made a simple toasty of the two, plus some chopped walnuts and honey on the side.

    I really enjoyed these two. Blue cheese is creamy and pungent. It has got a quirky flavor profile, fruity yet metallic-like, and that seems to blend nicely with banana and it's clove and vanilla flavors. It's an interesting and fun pairing and certainly grabbed my attention.

  • Chocolate

    E.g. Frozen chocolate-covered banana lollypops..A classic from our childhoods, the frozen chocolate-covered banana is a great way to try these two together. Simply pop a popsicle in a banana, dunk it in melted chocolate, roll it in crushed nuts, and then freeze it for 1 hour.

  • Coconut

    E.g. Vietamese banana and coconut pudding.Che Chuoi is a sweet Vietnamese liquid dessert made from rich coconut milk, ripe bananas and tapioca pearls. The tapioca helps to thicken the mik to a rice pudding consistency thanks to its starches and its nubbly spheres add textural interest. It’s served warm and topped with crushed nuts and sesame seeds. If that’s not your thing then you may also be interested in another Vietnamese dessert called Ban Chuoi which is a sweet banana cake made with both coconut and condensed milk.

  • Strawberry

    Why this pairing works:Don't get me wrong, I love banana, but compared to other fruits its flavor can feel a bit simple. Luckily when you pair it with strawberry you will find that not only does strawberry's base notes of caramel and candy cotton blend into the banana, but that strawberry's tartness also provides a much-needed contrast at the end.

    Whilst they do pair well together they share enough in common that their final combined flavor can feel a little predictable. That said, whilst you won't see fireworks, they are a solid combination and are good for an everyday simple recipe. If you want to make things pop look for a third ingredient that can provide even more contrast to the blend.

  • Vanilla

    E.g. Banana Pudding.The American Banana Pudding dates back to the 1880s when bananas started to slowly trickle into the country. Composed of layers of silky vanilla custard, sliced sweet banana, crumbled ladyfingers, and topped with whipped cream or meringue, the desert has a fantastic mouthfeel and is very comforting. It is believed to have been influenced by the British Trifle due to sharing similar ingredients and its name using the word pudding that is British English for dessert.