Have you ever wondered what to do once bananas become too ripe to eat? Look no further! I've got a collection of ripe banana recipes that make using up those bananas no problem at all.
From muffins to bread to desserts, I've got a variety of recipes using those very ripe bananas.
Bananas are a funny thing. Everyone has their ideal ripeness for eating a banana. I like mine really yellow with a touch of green still on the banana.
One of my sisters loves her bananas much riper with lots of brown spots. My kids are somewhere in between.
The problem with bananas is they tend to ripen overnight and go from my perfect ripeness to overripe and really brown. Once bananas reach a really ripe stage, you've got to act quickly.
When bananas hit this really brown stage, they are perfect for baking or adding to smoothies. Don't let those bananas go to waste! There's a perfect recipe here for you.
I often freeze bananas. When they become overripe and I don't have time to bake, I will often throw the bananas into the freezer to use later. I just place the whole banana, peel and all right into the freezer. I don't even place them in a bag or container.
When I'm ready to use them, I pull out the amount of bananas I need. The banana peels will be black.
Just place the frozen bananas on the counter for about 30 minutes and then remove the peel. Once the banana has thawed, it's ready to use in your favorite recipe. And an added bonus, the bananas are soft and mushy and don't need to be mashed.
The best bananas for baking
The darker the banana, the better for baking. Really brown or even black bananas are sweeter and when mashed they are much softer. Don't be tempted to use a yellow or even slightly browned banana for baking. You just don't get the same results.
I've selected a few of my favorite recipes using ripe bananas. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Ripe banana recipes
Muffins are one of my favorite items to make. They are fast and easy and come out of the oven in no time at all!
Banana muffins with chocolate chips. You just can't go wrong with a little chocolate and since it's in muffin form, chocolate is okay for breakfast!
These oatmeal banana muffins are the number one muffin recipe on my blog! You're going to want to check out why they are so popular!
Another option for a quick to make muffin are these tasty banana walnut muffins. You could also use pecans or leave the nuts out altogether.
This banana bread was tailored after my oatmeal banana muffin recipe. There are a few adjustments I had to make to that fabulous muffin recipe, but this bread now rivals the muffins!
Quinoa banana bread is a tasty loaf of banana bread that has quinoa added to the batter. This bread receives rave reviews! Make in a full sized loaf or a couple of mini loaves.
Bananas and blueberries are a match made in heaven and they are totally delicious in this coffee cake!
A smoothie is another delicious way to use up a ripe banana. It adds flavor and nutrients and is a great filler and binder to a smoothie.
You just can't go wrong with more muffins! These banana blueberry muffins are delicious!
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Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
We always have bananas sitting on our counter that are begging to be used! What a delicious round up and a great way to use 'em! Those chocolate banana oatmeal pancakes are particularly calling my name 😉
Where to start? They all look so good. The upside down cake and quinoa banana bread are both calling to me. 🙂 ~Valentina
Sandi G says
I have a few ripe bananas just crying to be made into one of these yummy recipes. Thank you for sharing!
We seem to have a never ending supply of really ripe bananas on our counter at all times!
David @ Spiced says
I hear ya on the bananas, Kathy. I used to buy them by the bunches, but we'd never get through them in time. (Not that I really minded as I could always whip up a batch of banana bread muffins.) However, now we buy bananas 1-2 at a time. I'm thinking I should extras next week just so I can make some of these recipes!