15 of the Best Ways to Use Overripe Bananas (Besides Bread!)

We’re all familiar with this scene: a few very brown and speckled bananas nearly forgotten in the fruit bowl, soft to the touch, and starting to develop a pretty strong aroma.

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The advice is always the same: “Why not use them to make a loaf of banana bread?”

Personally, I’ve already baked at least one too many banana bread recipes.

All tasty, of course! I mean no disrespect!

I’ve had chocolate chip versions, spiced vegan versions, even a recipe with nuts and sourdough added to it for some tanginess.

And I still have a few loaves happily tucked away in my freezer, ready to be given as gifts when holiday season rolls around again.

So I don’t need any more quick bread recipes. I’m cutting myself off, here and now.

Raise your “hands” if you feel the same way!

If you’re ready for some new and delicious ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find a lip-smacking list of 15 alternative ways to use up those old bananas.

So quit eyeing up that trash can, and get to peeling! We have smoothies, cakes, popsicles, waffles, and much more to make!

Overripe bananas are actually a very versatile ingredient!

The following tips and recipe suggestions will inspire you to come up with a few of your own twists and ideas along the way as well, all amazing tricks to reduce your food waste.

With a little creativity, you’ll never need to throw those old pieces away.

Except in the compost. Which is Idea #15!

1. Freeze

Freezing your stash is a smart option when you like to have a stockpile of ingredients at the ready in your freezer that you don’t want to use immediately.

Horizontal image of sliced rounds of fresh fruit on a lined baking sheet.
Photo credit: Nikki Cervone.

Whatever you decide to make – cookies, pancakes, smoothies (or dare we say, quick breads?!) – you’ll know you can rely upon a freezer full of perfectly portioned bags or containers of ripe and ready pieces of fruit.

You can choose to leave them peeled and whole, slice them, or mash them ahead of time before freezing.

For optimal storage, give yourself a thorough crash course on how to freeze your bananas in all different formats before you prep and pack them away.

2. Dehydrate

If you have some time on your hands, consider dehydrating sliced pieces using a food dehydrator.

Horizontal image of a white bowl filled with dehydrated fruit chips on a tan towel.

The end result won’t be as immediate as prepping a smoothie, but you’ll be rewarded with a fun snack food item you can store at room temperature for a long period of time.

It’s ideal ingredient to have on hand to add to trail mixes and make-ahead snack packs for on-the-go munchies!

The intense sugary flavors of the overripe fruit will be even more concentrated in dehydrated form – so you’ll get a deep flavor with each bite-sized piece.

3. Smoothies

Speaking of smoothies…

Creamy, dreamy smoothies are an instant blend of fresh and healthy ingredients. And your overripe bananas certainly have their spot in the mix!

Two tall glasses filled with a green smoothie with red and white striped straws are at the center of the frame, surrounded by kale, bananas, and apples on a dark and light blue patterned cloth, on a dark brown surface with a lighter brown background.
Photo credit: Meghan Yager.

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Looking for a recipe? Try any of the following favorites featuring banana:

Keep in mind that the sweet intensity of your overripe fruit will affect the final flavor and aroma of your smoothies. They will undoubtedly have a stronger banana flavor and scent when the fruit you use is overripe.

But that’s not always a bad thing, is it?

4. Breakfast Cookies

Can every morning start with a cookie?

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Photo credit: Nikki Cervone.

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Hearty breakfast cookies provide a handheld source of flavor and the nutrients you need to start your day off on the right foot, without losing any of the enjoyment of biting into a delightfully sweet treat.

And it’s easier than you think to incorporate overripe fruit into these recipes! Since they are so sweet on their own, as is the case in Smoothie Land, you really don’t need to use a lot of additional sweeteners either.

I’ll prove this to you now by sharing two of our own recipes:

First, our recipe for chocolate chip banana oat cookies uses only five ingredients to make hearty mounds with a ton of texture.

After making that recipe (and after you double the batch for your weekly meal prep!), you can move onto our recipe for chocolate chunk buckwheat cookies.

This recipe relies upon the delicious nuttiness of buckwheat flour to create the base of the dough, combined with other ingredients like maple syrup and unsweetened shredded coconut.

I get bonus points for introducing you to two breakfast recipes that have dark chocolate in them, right?

5. Muffins

When you really don’t want to bake entire loaves of quick bread, there’s another type of fluffy sweet treat that’s easy to make and eat: enter into the mini realm of muffins.

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Photo credit: Meghan Yager.

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With fast prep and quicker bake times than what’s required for a loaf, they bring all the ease of a quick bread in a significantly smaller format.

Soft and flavorful bananas mash and mesh beautifully with the batter in the following recipes:

Another meal prep favorite, you can easily make a double or triple batch of any of these choices.

Once the muffins cool completely, you can transfer them to airtight bags or containers and store extras in the freezer for future breakfasts and snacks.

6. Popsicles

Cool and refreshing, homemade popsicles are a creative alternative to store-bought frozen treats!

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And with a little help from sweet and smooth bananas, basic recipes evolve into unique desserts you can enjoy throughout the warm weather months and beyond.

Cool off with these frozen delights:

From the sophisticated flavor combinations of nutty tahini and roasted figs to the memorable childhood throwback of homemade – and customizable – ice pops, you’ll have a lot of fun with these recipes.

7. Waffles

When you (finally!) have a day off and can enjoy a lazy morning in the comfort of your own home, make some waffles for breakfast!

Horizontal image of two golden-brown waffles with bananas on a gray plate, next to a plate of assorted spices.
Photo credit: Fanny Slater.

Overnight Banana Bread Yeast Waffles – Get the Recipe Now
And when you have a lot of time off, you can make our recipe for overnight banana bread yeast waffles!

You’ll need to prep the batter ahead of time, but you’ll be richly rewarded by your efforts – each golden-brown waffle has an unbelievably fluffy texture and a flavor reminiscent of your favorite banana bread.

Crispy on the outside with a melt-in-your-mouth texture on the inside, and totally delightful in their entirety!

8. Cakes

Happy birthday to you!

Fit for any momentous celebration, banana-flavored cakes are the perfect final course if you want to bake something more dynamic than a plain vanilla or chocolate cake, and you have a few extra spot-covered fruits calling to you from the countertop.

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Photo credit: Meghan Yager.

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In our recipe for chocolate chip banana cake, the super ripe fruit will add a wonderful element of sweetness to the cake, and it will bring ample moisture to the texture.

Oh, and the frosting also receives some lovin’! Mashed bananas are mixed into a thick and creamy chocolate frosting.

If you’re searching for a cake recipe with a show-stopping appearance, consider making our banana bundt cake.

This maple-glazed diva is a gorgeous dessert baked in a bundt pan that does all the work for you, lending the finished dessert a look that’s beyond beautiful.

9. Oat Bars

When cookies just won’t cut it, you can opt for oat bars, another on-the-go treat that packs in both flavor and nutrition.

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Photo credit: Meghan Yager.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Pecan Oat Bars – Get the Recipe Now
Our recipe for gluten-free blueberry oat bars plays with ripe bananas and chewy dried blueberries and dates, combined with additional enticing textures from pecans, oats, and coconut flakes.

A little peanut butter helps to bind the mixture together, and imparts flavor that naturally complements the banana.

10. Pudding

This idea is easier than pie!

Our old-fashioned banana cream pudding with vanilla wafers has all the classic flavors of the pie you know and love, but without the necessity of going through the extra steps to make a homemade crust.

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Photo credit: Meghan Yager.

Old-Fashioned Vanilla Wafer Banana Cream Pudding – Get the Recipe Now
Creamy and rich, the homemade pudding is layered with crisp vanilla wafers and tender slices of fruit.

You can make it in a large casserole dish, or assemble it in individual bowls or ramekins for serving.

A riper banana, as opposed to a firmer one, will not provide as much textural contrast with the pudding, but the crisp wafers can hold their own, and I find this makes the dessert all the more luxurious to eat by the spoonful.

The big spoonful!

11. Frozen Chocolate Bites

Our recipe for frozen chocolate banana bites is a simple three-ingredient dessert that couldn’t be easier to make.

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Photo credit: Meghan Yager.

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And it’s fun for the kids to join in when you’re assembling them in the kitchen!

You can make a big batch ahead of time, providing plenty of snacks to enjoy throughout the week.

Because these tiny treats are stored and served frozen, this is a clever recipe to use with overripe fruit – freezing will help to firm the texture of the soft pieces of fruit.

12. Dessert Boats

We love the idea of making banana boats, using the peel itself as a fun vessel to house a roasted banana!

Banana Boats Recipe
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Be careful when slicing across the tops of each banana, since you’ll be working with more sensitive, overripe fruit. Your incision will not need to be too deep.

And I also suggest using foil to wrap each individual banana before baking on a lined baking sheet or roasting pan.

These extra steps are crucial here for particularly soft flesh. The foil will help to contain any spillage, keeping the fruit in a neat little package.

Have some fun with the toppings! You can set up a fun bar with assorted toppings arranged in individual bowls with spoons for dishing them out.

Be as light and healthy or as devilishly decadent as you wish.

To go the healthier route, use toppings like cacao nibs, raw nuts, fresh or dried fruits, almond or peanut butter, and homemade berry syrups.

If you’d rather take a walk on the wild side, go crazy with indulgent recipes like chocolate ganache, vanilla bean sauce, caramel sauce, toffee bits, marshmallows, and candied nuts.

Choose your own adventure.

13. Layered Trifle

If you’re looking for a glorious dessert centerpiece, towering above all the rest at the table, make our chocolate cake trifle layered with bananas and whipped cream.

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Photo credit: Meghan Yager.

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It’s a particularly helpful option to make for a party, especially when decorating isn’t quite your forte, or when you don’t have the time (or the patience required) to construct and decorate a traditional multi-tiered cake.

Everyone will happily feast on the decadent combination, from the intensely concentrated flavor of the ripe banana slices to the tender chocolate cake, rich chocolate pudding, and light-as-air freshly whipped cream.

14. Braided Chocolate Yeast Bread

This is not a quick bread that you bake in a loaf pan, I promise!

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This fluffy creation presents the irresistible combination of bananas and chocolate in a yeasted bread dough.

After proofing, the dough is then braided into a beautiful loaf shape, given some additional time to rise, and then baked until beautifully golden brown.

Savor in thick slices slathered with an even thicker layer of softened butter. Everything’s better with butter.

15. Compost

And where should you put all of those peels, once you’ve made your delicious homemade recipes?

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Photo credit: Lorna Kring.

Hopefully not in the trash. I’ll give you a better option:

Use them in your compost!

Rich with nutrients and decomposed organic materials, the peels would fit right in, cozying up next to the coffee grounds and shimmying with the eggshells.

If you’re concerned that the peels are too big, you can roughly chop them with a sharp knife on a sturdy cutting board before you toss them into your bin to speed up the rate of decomposition.

Slow Down the Ripening Process

When overripe bananas become too much of a bad habit, making a regular appearance as weekly food woes, you may need to analyze your purchasing practices and change how you’re storing the fruit.

Horizontal image of two ripe bananas on a white wooden surface.

Are you buying them when they’re still green, or already yellow?

Keeping them in the same brown paper or plastic bag they came in from the grocery store? Take ‘em out now!

Because the fruit naturally releases high levels of ethylene gas as it ripens, the brown bag traps the gas in the contained area, hastening the ripening process. Fruit that’s still green will give you a little more time to get it onto the table and into your mouth as well.

Just as we used the freezer to store the overripe fruit in our first suggestion above, you can do the same when the fruit is still young and firm to maintain the texture and taste you find ideal for a longer period of time.

Do you like these suggestions? You can learn even more tips and tricks from Foodal to maximize your banana storage in order to slow down or quicken the ripening process – it’s all up to you!

Can’t get enough banana bread still, or are you ready to move on? Let’s get a conversation going in the comment section below so you can tell me your favorite recipes using fruit that is, respectfully, past its prime.

I’ll honor both the classics and the game-changers!

If you’re striving to be a kitchen prep pro, we’re here to give you all the knowledge you need. Read our abundant selection of how-to articles, starting with these next:

Photos by Nikki Cervone, Meghan Yager, Fanny Slater, Nina-Kristin Isensee, and Lorna Kring,  © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published February 7, 2015. Last updated on August 17, 2022. Uncredited photos via Shutterstock.

About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

42 thoughts on “15 of the Best Ways to Use Overripe Bananas (Besides Bread!)”

  1. I’m no fan of banana bread either! I have tried banana chutney before though – it was an interesting taste and was very similar to the British dish, Coronation Chicken.

  2. I like to use my ripe bananas in the making of bread or muffins, I have also used them in smoothies. The ice cream sounds good but away more work than I would care to do.

  3. I almost licked the screen {my laptop}…the ice cream looks delicious…so does the yoghurt…we all know this leads me to noting down all these amazing points and putting them to work…no more trashing away overly ripe bananas 😉 …i remember my aunt baking us a banana bread once and it was so dry {no offense} she tried her best but i had to drink several glasses of water to quench down a certain thirst 😉

  4. That banana chutney looks amazing! The recipe seems easy enough, I can’t wait to try making it. I’m going to omit the ginger though since I’m not a fan of it. Do you have any suggestions of what I could replace it with?

    The fruits in my household go bad so quickly, there’s never enough people to finish them in time! I usually end up mixing the bananas into muffins or baked goods, gets tiring very quickly. Thanks for these new ideas!

    • Jen, personally I love ginger. Fresh or crystalized. Perhaps you can try some nutmeg instead? That may assist with the whole “British Empire in India” taste from which this dish probably originated (an original “fusion” food).

  5. The best thing about overripe bananas is how sweet they are! I have three of these in my fruit bowl just now, begging to be used. I love the idea of the homemade ice cream – it would certainly keep the kids busy for a while too.

    I often use bananas up by adding them to smoothies, and sometimes I make dried slices, they’re a nice healthy little snack. I just slice them up quite thinly, then microwave them on the lowest heat setting for about 10 minutes. Then leave the slices to dry out overnight.

  6. My two sons have a place together. There on the counter set about 3 over ripe banana’s I told my oldest son they need to do something with them. I’m sure they are in the trash by now or at least I hope so. I wish I would have seen this before I went to visit. Banana ice cream sounds good, and I have a little pint serving ice cream maker.

  7. Genuinely chuckled at the title because my mother always makes banana break with overripe bananas. The ice-cream idea looks too good not to try. I could probably make my own variation of it (ice-cream bread), or just follow your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Honestly, I’m not a big banana-bread fan, but bananas are awesome for baking — can replace some of the sugar and oil and it makes muffins and cakes more moist and delicious! Smoothies are also a great fit because of how easy it is to make and how much banana taste balances the different fruit flavours out. Also great in pancakes. So many easy baking recipes!

    It can even be used when making falafel like treats — we have this “bonbon piment” yummy snack that is very similar to falafel, except it uses lima beans and tumeric powder. When the time comes to fry those delicious marvels though, they often come apart. A half banana fixes that in a pinch!

    Plus, dark and ripe bananas can be frozen and used at later times.

  9. What about banana tea? That’s my go to when I have seemingly unusable bananas. Chop off both ends of the banana & boil in water. Make sure your bananas are organic. You get all the nutrients from the peel & the sweetener from the banana itself. Delicious.

    • I’ve never heard of banana tea before. I definitely have to try that one out! However, even if your fruit is organic, could there not be some dirt that could get into the tea?
      I once made banana yogurt and it was so delicious! It never occurred to me that I could use overripe fruit for it. Thank God I stumbled over this article. There will never be another wasted banana in my house again!

  10. This is very cool. I like banana bread just fine, and I have made some smoothies too, but it’s great to have some more ideas. I enjoy bananas, but they seem to get overripe in a hurry. I usually only buy a few at a time, but still, I don’t always eat them before they start to turn. This is terrific, because now I won’t have to worry about whether or not they’ll go to waste. I’ll have plenty of things to do with them, even if I don’t feel like making bread.

    The horseradish tip sounds divine. I love horseradish but never would have come up with this. I can’t wait to try it.

  11. I’ve done a sort of makeshift ice-cream alternative with overripe bananas before. Tossed them in the blender with some honey, let it sit in the freezer a bit, and topped it with chopped walnuts and more drizzled honey. The horseradish dip sounds intriguing, though; I never would have thought of it. And I love ginger, so that banana chutney recipe is something I’ll have to try out.

  12. I actually love banana bread and blueberry banana bread, but sometimes I like a break in between eating it, and these are some nice alternatives. I actually do have an ice cream maker, so I might try making the banana ice cream. I also like the idea of the dip and chutney. I love horseradish and ginger (separately), and am always looking for ways to incorporate them into my cooking, so I think I will try out these recipes with those 2 brown bananas sitting on my counter.

  13. Hey,
    one thing that I have started making is 2 ingredient banana pancakes. One ingredient obviously being bananas and the other is eggs. Its super simple and if you want something quick and nutricious I would highly reccommend. As much as I love to spend time baking and such there are days when I just want something quick and simple.

    1. Mash a banana up in a bowl with a fork
    2. Crack an egg into the bowl
    3.Heat a frying pan with oil (i love coconut oil!)
    4. Mix the mixture in the bowl so that the egg is cracked and everything is really mixed together.
    5. Grab a ladel and slowly add small part of the mixture depending on the size and thickness you want, however I have noticed that they are normally quite thick regardless of how I try to make them thin.
    6. Flip the pancake over when it starts to change colour.
    7. Carefully place the pancake onto a plate and add some maple syrup if desired !

    I personally love these but I know a lot of people that don’t!

    • Oh absolutely, I always vote for pancakes!
      For a slight variation on the recipe above, use a heaped table-spoon of coconut flour into the mixture (and I love some cinnamon added too).
      This bulks up the pancake a bit and helps you get some extra fiber.
      Perfect post workout food!

  14. A masterpiece of article for real! I knew the method with overriped bananas to make bread but I never heard about the others. It’s quite ingenious if you look smoothly into the tecnique you used because firstly I think it doesn’t really requires a lot of skill and secondly it’s a method that is affordable to anyone. Another method that just came up in my mind is why not making a sort of cake/cream with it? I think this idea could be developed in a really delicious plate to taste!

  15. I’m so up for making that amazing ice cream even if it’s labor intensive! Not having an ice cream maker is having me be more adventurous and hard working with all the ‘no ice cream maker needed’ recipes out there. The yogurt also looks good! I guess my sad looking bananas now have a purpose.

  16. This is such a helpful article; I have always ended up feeding the overripe bananas to my dog (who loves them!) because I can’t take the texture of it. I just happen to have a few sitting on my counter right now, and I believe I’m going to try your yogurt suggestion. My dog is not going to be very happy with me for not giving them to her. 😛 Thank you so much!

  17. Alternatively, you can use them to make a facial scrub! Or even use them in gardening! You can use a banana puree for your house plants or rose bushes, the flowers will be noticeably bigger!

    • Well I really would not have guessed that you could use them in a facial scrub, but I am very intrigued now. I was all excited for the many uses that I can now have in the kitchen, but if you are including personal care too, that is a whole other area. I am guessing there is more to it than just mushing up some bananas and applying, but maybe not. Looks like I have some research to do. Thanks for sharing.

  18. All the suggestions for overripe fruit looks so delicious, barring the one with Horseradish dip. Whenever I have a batch that are about to go bad, I normally make them into pancakes or sweet biscuits that I serve with tea. Since I keep a lot of flour in the house, I tend to make a lot of baked goods and combine it with fruit since I have a bad habit of forgetting fruit in the fridge after a couple of days and only remembering hem as they are about to go bad.

  19. The only one that looks appealing to me is the banana chutney. I’m not too keen on the ginger but I think it will taste great nevertheless. I always prepare bread with all the bad fruit but I may do this one from time to time too.

  20. I swear, every time I go to visit my grandmother, she has at least one completely black banana in her freezer she is saving to make bread with. Next time I’m visiting her, I’m going to suggest we make the ice cream. She’s an old Italian lady, so I don’t know if I can convince her to try chutney, but she has quite the sweet tooth, so I don’t think it’d take much convincing to get her to try a quicker, probably sweeter dessert in lieu of her go-to recipe. She won’t have to know it’s a little healthier than the usual stuff, but she’ll probably want chocolate syrup with it.

  21. I just love overripe bananas! I think they are much sweeter and less starchy tasting that just ripe, or under ripe ones. Also, if I eat one that isn’t overripe, my stomach hurts and I have trouble digesting it. These are some great tips for using this yummy, mushy delectable fruit. I am going to try the ice cream and the yogurt recipes.

  22. Well I always welcome a good bread bread, it’s tastes really good. The only recipe I would try here is probably the banana icecream. It looks absolutely delicious. That is, if I find the time to do so.

  23. Interesting post you have here for overripe bananas. I am particularly excited to try out the chutney recipe. Never made one nor tasted it before. Thanks for posting this!

  24. I make a smoothie every morning so I always save my over ripe bananas to use in my shake. I usually freeze them then save them for them for when I don’t have fresh bananas to use.
    I’ve also mushed them up and made wheat less pancakes. It’s a very healthy alternative.

  25. These are such good ideas. We eat a lot of bananas and occasionally have some that are overripe. They will all be put to good use in future, especially since you have shared these ideas with us.

  26. I always have an influx of bananas because my mom buys like three bunches at a time. And god forbid there be a sale because she will buy an amount I couldn’t even possibly consume before they go bad. I’m really not very diversified when it comes to cooking so guess what I would always turn them into? That’s right, banana bread. On the bright side though I have mastered making my bread moist and sweet, I even add extra flavors sometimes. On the darker side I think if I make another loaf I’ll explode, so thanks for this article, it’s highly needed. I’m not a fan on nondairy ice-cream so I’ll pass on the first recipe, but the chutney looks awesome. I’m not so sure about the dip. Bananas and horseradish sounds like one of those odd combinations I wouldn’t like.

  27. I love all those ideas! Every time I buy bananas to eat in work, I forget about one or two and they get overripe. Now I’ll know how to use them. I never liked throwing them out, but I had no idea what to do with them! They seemed sort of gross.

  28. For some reason no one in my house is able to eat enough bananas to finish them off before they go brown, and I’m pretty sure my landlords and coworkers are tired of getting banana bread so I’m definitely going to try some of the suggestions on this list…especially the banana ice cream! I even have an ice cream maker that I don’t use anywhere near often enough, so two birds with one stone 🙂

  29. Bananas are also good for smoothies! With some other fruits you can get a drink full of vitamins that actually tastes pretty good! The ideas are brilliant – I didn’t knew you can makes banana yogurt all by yourself. Probably it tastes better than the one in the store, haha!

  30. Thanks you for these recipes! I often use bananas in cooking. Most of the time I add them to muffins, pancakes or make bread, of course. Sometimes I’ll just fry them and add some sweet sauce and raisins – it’s a very easy dessert but so delicious! Although I’ve never made my own ice cream and yogurt because it seems like a hassle, banana dip and chutney sound easy and look yummy! I’ve never heard of these two dishes before so it’ll be interesting to try something new.

  31. My mother has a recipe for banana cake that is to die for. She tops it off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and no frosting at all. The most unusual dish I ever had using this fruit was when I visited the Philippines a few years back and tried fried bananas skewered on a stick. They were different and interesting, not to mention tasty. I’ve never tried to make them but it might be fun for a change of pace.

  32. Thank you for providing such wonderful recipes. We frequently have these as we have several banana trees in our backyard. I live in the Philippines that why we can just pluck these off the tree and that definitely saves us the trip to the farmer’s market. Usually we just fry these and covered in brown sugar or wrap them in flour tortillas covered i brown sugar then fried, which we call turon. Using it as a sauce is new to me, well at least, besides the usual banana catsup that we can purchase locally.

  33. I am definitely going to try that horseradish dip, that sounds almost crazy.. bananas and horseradish together? Well worth experimenting just to find out.

    My lazy thing to do with a few overdone bananas is just dump then in the blender with some ice cubes, milk, some pineapple and a little bit of sugar. A lazy-mans smoothie. Bananas are very cheap where I live, so I usually go through about 3 bunches per week in varying receipes.

    I sometimes also just cut the overripe bananas into bit-sizes and freeze them in a small container and then throw them on top of cereal another day.

  34. There’s this simple, quick dish we make where I’m from. It’s called “Thambutt” and happens to be one of my favorite tea-time snacks. All you have to do is mash up ripe bananas with some powdered roasted rice (this dish is quick to prepare provided you have this ingredient readily available). Garnish with grated coconut and toasted sesame seeds and serve with ghee (clarified butter). Yummy!

  35. When I hear someone suggest that I make banana bread with the overripe bananas, I just want to scream…or cry…or maybe both! Banana chutney is a new one for me. I’ve said in another post that my little 2-year-old girl absolutely adores bananas, and now I have some new fun ways of serving them to her, and to hubby and me.

  36. This is probably one of my favorite entries on this blog, in my house we literally always have a lot of bananas and inevitably they tend to get brown and weird quickly, and it’s a shame to just throwing them out, but you just gave me the best ideas to not waste them, when I read about the ice cream I wasn’t that excited because I thought that we were going to need machine, and I don’t own one. But it actually seems kind of easy to do, and it’s a perfect recipe for this time of the year! I also loved the frozen yogurt one.
    Thank you, thank you!

  37. I have three children, my oldest being 5. Since having kids, I don’t think we have ever had a wasted banana. We tend to use them in muffins alot, since they enjoy muffins for breakfasts.We also use frozen bananas with a touch of milk in the blender and it turns out similar to a banana ice cream. We will have to try it in yogurt soon!


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