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9 Ripe Banana Recipes

March 2, 2020 (Last Updated: March 7, 2020)

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Ripe Banana Recipes – Have you ever wondered what to do once your bananas become too ripe to eat? Look no further! I’ve got a collection of 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. 

Yellow bananas next to overripe 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. I know many people consider the not ripe yet. 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 ready to be used in recipes. Once bananas reach a really ripe stage, you’ve got to act quickly. 

Can I freeze bananas?

Yes, 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 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. I just place them 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. 

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. 


9 Ripe Banana Recipes

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Don’t Forget to PIN for later!A bunch of bananas and banana bread.

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 3, 2020 at 4:02 am

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    March 2, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Where to start? They all look so good. The upside down cake and quinoa banana bread are both calling to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

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    Sandi G
    March 2, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I have a few ripe bananas just crying to be made into one of these yummy recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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      March 2, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      We seem to have a never ending supply of really ripe bananas on our counter at all times!

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    David @ Spiced
    March 2, 2020 at 5:04 am

    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!

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